This story has NOTHING to do with radio. Well, almost nothing; but my wife and I got a kick out of it, so I am going to relay it here.
A little background. I belong to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic church here in South Plainfield. I also belong to the local Knights of Columbus Council here in town. Every year during Lent, we have a community fish dinner each Friday. The proceeds go to help the church and school. If you're a Knight and you help with the dinner - either by cooking, or cleaning up, you get a discounted dinner.
Today, I couldn't stay to help clean up as I normally do. I had a radio club meeting tonight (see, there is a tiny little bit of radio involvement here). When I entered the school building, I told Gene, a brother Knight, who was taking admission money that I was paying "full boat" as I couldn't stay to help with clean up. I gave him a $10 dollar bill and expected to get $2 in change, as regular price is $8. He gave me $3 back. I handed him a dollar back and said, "Gene, you gave me too much, I should only get $2 back." He looked at me and said in a real serious tone, "I charged you the Senior Citizen price".
Oh boy! I know I have a lot of gray hair; but I didn't expect that! Anyway, even at $8, this is a good deal. You get your choice of fried or baked fish (flounder) or fish parmigiana. Your side dish is a choice of french fries, macaroni and cheese, or ravioli. You also get cole slaw, a salad, bread and butter, coffee, tea or a soft drink and dessert. Really generous portions and a lot for your $8.
The repeater club meeting went well. It was the first one Ive been to in a long time; and it was nice to see some old familiar faces, as well as the chance to meet some new folks. The repeater was recently located to a new site and tower and the coverage is looking like it is going to be significantly better. Since the Piscataway club is now defunct, I think I will try to make a regular appearance at these meetings in order to keep in touch with the local Ham population. A lot of PARC members are also members of this club.
72 de Larry W2LJ