We all have personality traits that although not individually
unique, when taken together with all the other quirks we exhibit,
make us extremely unique people. Here, we list that set of "special"
qualities that made Grant the unique individual we all loved and
will all miss. This list is in no particular order.
- Corvettes - not only did Grant love this
classic sports car. It is also the car he always dreamed of
owning, and even bragged that he had ESP and knew when one was
approaching before anyone else could identify it.
- Juggling - When I first showed Grant how
to juggle three tennis balls (something I could maintain for
only a few seconds), he went on to become an extreme juggler,
able to keep a variety of objects in the air indefinitely. Last
year he bought a set of official juggling bowling pins.
- AC/DC - Despite the fact that Angus Young
and company made their debut in 1973, seventeen years before he
was born, they were Grant's favorite band and Angus was his
hero. His room is a shrine to the Australian rock band and one
of his biggest dreams was to buy the Angus Young Signature
Gibson SG guitar.
- Magic - From the earliest age, Grant could
not get enough magic. He bought dozens of tricks, always
dragging us to every magic shop he ever saw. In the months
before he died, he had taken up learning card tricks and was in
the process of mastering many slight of hand moves, which kept
us mystified to no end.
- Guinness Book of Records - Grant purchased
almost every issue of the Guinness Book published during his
lifetime. He often talked about finding a record he could break
and we know he would have done it, if given the chance.
- Free Running - In the year preceding his
death, Grant had become an ardent free runner. He would don his
running gloves and launch himself into the back yard, climbing
over all obstacles with an ease and grace we had never seen. He
would leap from our dock in one fluid motion and glide
effortlessly across the ground, only to lift himself back up in
one deft movement. It was amazing to watch.
- Swords - when your thirteen year old tells
you he wants a sword for Christmas, it is a little un-nerving.
However, during his teen years, Grant wanted swords from
different eras and different cultures. True to his word, he
never "played" with any of them and had started to build a
serious collection, which we will keep forever.
- Sunflower Seeds - When Grant was about 9
or 10, he played baseball with the Irmo Little League. All the
players would stuff sunflower seeds in their back pockets which
they chewed on continuously on the field and off. Even though
Grant only played ball for a couple of years he never stopped
loving his sunflower seeds. His room is still full of them, on
the floor, on his desk, everywhere!
- Card tricks - following on from his love
of magic came a fascination with card tricks. Grant bought
several books on card tricks and was getting to the point where
he would practice for hours in front of the mirror until he got
each trick perfect.