Grandpa Gandalf?

One of my favorite characters in the series is Lawrence Van Alen, Schuyler’s grandfather. I tried to figure out why I liked him so much—like, who is he based on? My grandfathers? My dad’s dad was full of mischief—one of my favorite memories was of the two of us eating street food (Chinese fishballs) from a dirty cart, and my mom running out of the house, horrified, trying to stop us. I still remember how delicious they were, especially since they were forbidden. And Grandpa going “Shhh! Don’t tell your mom!” And my mom’s dad was a character. He was this cranky old Chinese guy, who resembled a Buddha, but who was really sweet to all his grandchildren.

But alas, I don’t think Lawrence is based on either of them. To be completely honest, I think Lawrence is based on…Gandalf. Oh yeah. LOTR props to the max.

Anyway: here’s the Revelations quote of the day!

“So far Lawrence had only complained about the weather (too steamy) and the food (too spicy).”

I kind of love cranky people who travel to exotic places and complain.

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