Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Leave a Trail

My grandfather has been relentless over the past month.

Hal: Your site online yet?
Jake: Not yet.
H: When?
J: We're close. Just finishing a few things. You'll be the first to know.
H: Do you have a date?
J: Next week maybe. Maybe the week after.
H: So you don't have a date?
J: No. I don't have a date...

At least twice a day with that conversation. At least.

This past Friday, finally, mercifully, it stopped. We put up the beginnings of the beta community space, and I'm off the hook with Hal. For the moment.

Now he'll go make up stories about what the website is and does, spread them around the YMCA in downtown Wilmington, DE,* and confuse everyone he can.

To do that most efficiently and effectively, however, he needs a URL, and, this morning, he requested one.

He pulled a scissor-trimmed quarter section of an index card out of his wallet and asked me to write www.carrotproject.com on the back.

"What's on the front?" I asked, as I took the card and flipped it to have a look.

A quote. A quote that Hal has been carrying for more than sixty years.

Do not go where the path may lead,
Go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
-R.W. Emerson

Feels good to get to share a piece of index card with that.

*Hal, 87, spends about two and a half hours a day at the Y, mostly talking Delaware politics, naked, in the locker room.

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Lauren Whaley de Grazia said...

*I'd like to put in a request for a visit from Hal (preferably in a towel) to either the YMCA in Towson (Baltimore County), MD over Christmas or to the Teton County/Town of Jackson Rec Center in Wyoming after Christmas. Does he ever visit the women's locker room or at least the co-ed sauna?

I wonder where 27-year-old Hal was when he scrawled the quote on that index card. I wonder if young Hal ever imagined that he would have to wait 60 years before he found something worthy enough to share that card's space and that that something would be the url (!) of his grandson's brainchild.
Pretty freaking awesome.

Jake de Grazia said...

Hal would LOVE an invitation to the other side. He doesn't do internets, but his car phone number is 610 357 1081. And by car phone I mean car phone.