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Old 07-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #1006
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Good luck to your daughter at her swim meet. I hope the whole team does well.

Most years I don't take a vacation at all. Last year I took a week off to get some projects done around the house. I'm excited about this trip, but a little nervous about going alone. It'll be fine though.

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Old 07-07-2012, 05:09 PM   #1007
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Thanks Barb
Going alone? YOU ARE SO AWESOME BARB!!

You are a smart lady so I know we don't have to worry about you. Bring a novel. Just not that ridiculous piece of trash 'Fifty shades of Grey" that has somehow cornered 30% of the market share. You'd never see Anastasia go off without Christian. (yes I read it...I had to see what all the commotion was about didn't I)
Bring your smartphone and check in with us from time to time.

I just went to one of those gas station convenience stores. Buddy in line 3 ahead of me just won $500,000 in the lotto. He was on the phone to the lottery office and could barely crack a smile. Everyone else in the store was very happy for him. Maybe he was in shock.
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We missed out on a storm the other night that hit a county north-east of us and took out their power for 2 days.

It's been in the upper 90's here, flirting with 100 a few times.

Have a fun, safe trip Jan!

I'm heading out to Montana and Wyoming next Saturday, the 14th. Hoping to leave here around 4 am to avoid some of the (scary to me) Chicago traffic by driving through early in the morning.

A website I checked yesterday showed that there is a forest fire where the Beartooth Highway is (212), which is one area I'm 'planning' on going to. I guess I'll have to consult with mother nature and adjust my plans accordingly. Oddly enough, that highway is about the only thing I do have planned. The rest of the trip is going to be on-the-fly.

If I can't start out in Montana, I might start out in Colorado and try to make the drive on the Beartooth highway before coming home.

Mike and Ross, are either of you familiar with the town of Galena, Illinois? My brother said I should go through there on the way because it's a nice town. Is it worth driving off the beaten path a little bit to see it?
Nice town - very nice!
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Nice town - very nice!
Nice Town..

You disappear for 3 months and thats all you've got! You're as bad as you know who

I think Uncle Rossi is tired and needs a break
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Thanks Barb
Going alone? YOU ARE SO AWESOME BARB!!

You are a smart lady so I know we don't have to worry about you. Bring a novel. Just not that ridiculous piece of trash 'Fifty shades of Grey" that has somehow cornered 30% of the market share. You'd never see Anastasia go off without Christian. (yes I read it...I had to see what all the commotion was about didn't I)
Bring your smartphone and check in with us from time to time.

I just went to one of those gas station convenience stores. Buddy in line 3 ahead of me just won $500,000 in the lotto. He was on the phone to the lottery office and could barely crack a smile. Everyone else in the store was very happy for him. Maybe he was in shock.
I'm hoping to take my laptop with me, so you'll see me on here a couple times a day.

This must be the 20th time I've heard the name of that book. Then I heard that books one through four and the book that has all four books in it have been sitting in the top five of the New York Times Best Sellers list for a long time.

At first I thought it was a 'home decorating' book about paint colors - .

Was it worth reading Jan?

Wow! The guy won $500,000? Did you give him your name and phone number?! ... .

My uncle used to own a small bookstore in Dearborn, over by Detroit. One day a young guy bought a winning lottery ticket (either $10,000 or $100,000 - can't remember) and he was jumping up and down and so excited.

My uncle took him in the back room of the store and had him call his parents to come and get him. He was afraid the kid would get robbed out in the parking lot if he let him leave alone.

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Thanks Ross! I think I'll go ahead and check it out.

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The book is trash Barb. Although strangely riveting trash. Husbands across the globe are reaping the benefits and singing the praises of this author. I started reading it cuz I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. Very unrealistic, but somehow this author has managed such massive success. There will not, no doubt, be a made for tv movie to follow.
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Q: What did the wall say to the floor

A: Meet me at the corner.

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Where are you.
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Good luck to your daughter at her swim meet. I hope the whole team does well.

Most years I don't take a vacation at all. Last year I took a week off to get some projects done around the house. I'm excited about this trip, but a little nervous about going alone. It'll be fine though.
My kid did great. She came in first in two of her heats, but overall, she didn't place for a medal, but thats ok, because she took 20 seconds off her best time in 200 metre freestyle. I drill it into her head that its about beating your personal best, the rest doesn't matter. Its hard to grow and gain endurance and stamina at the same time.

Over time she takes off chunks of time, then plateau's, then chunks, then plateau, and so on.

Those eleven yr olds are a tough crowd

It was an outdoor event with a splash park attached so siblings and swimmers had a great time waiting for their heat.
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Barb is on a "road-trip"!
(Lucky person!!)
Hope she has fun!!!
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I see you Barb. How was your trip ?
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Here I am!

I'm still on my trip. I stopped at my nephew's house late Friday night, in Boise. I'm spending 2 days with them and heading back out tomorrow morning.

Everything is going great now. Much better than the first evening/night. Something happened that could have ended very badly, but I got away from them and back on the road and everything was fine.

In most of the places I've been, there hasn't been internet access or cell phone service.

Wow Jan, you must be so proud of your daughter! How awesome that she's such a good swimmer. I like how you're teaching her to beat her personal best. That's a smart way for her to set goals.

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Barb :
I'm so glad you are safe and those idiots didn't ruin the entire trip for you. Check your pm.

If you place too much pressure on a person, especially a child, to perform, then you suck the fun right out of the thing. This swimming is something she wants to do, but it costs me a bundle in fees, time and effort. She can quit anytime she wants, because the training is intense. All I ask is that I see an improvement from meet to meet. Even if its just by .5 of a second. I support her, but I seriously doubt she's a future olympian
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Thanks Jan.

Olympian or not, she's learning a lot about responsibility, effort, goals, etc. And lots of other skills she'll use the rest of her life. IMO, it's money and time well spent. Maybe some day she'll be a lifeguard at a pool and save someone's life.
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Remembered this book for another post and just knew you all that do not already have a copy would love to get a copy. It arranges recipes by where to place them and driving time among other things.


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