Crashing At Kim's

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
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Trip End Jun 01, 2012


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Friday, June 25, 2010

The past two days have been filled with much activity, so much that I neglected to write anything for my blog entries... already falling behind what I had originally set out to do, which is write a bit every day.  I will try again... but am making no more promises to myself.

Jet lag is hanging on to me and is starting to piss me off a bit, as I am used to feeling it for a day or two before it subsides.  This one has been the worst in my many decades of travel, and I am hoping that in the next day or two I can bid it a final farewell. 

As I mentioned before the past few days have been filled with a crazy amount of tasks and a few moments with family and a nice long jog for myself.  A few highlights have been catching up with my nephew Cal... he spent a bit of time with me while I ran around tasking throughout the metro.  The best was yesterday morning, when he and I headed to my favorite breakfast dig, The Bad Waitress Cafe... Cal is a food guy and he indulged in an omelet with exotic fixings tucked neatly inside, a generous portion of hashbrowns on the side and a few slices of nuts and twigs toast... washed down with a stiff cup of hot cocoa.  I also went for an omelet with tomatoes, spinach and goat cheese, the browns and toast and a cup of joe.  We sat around stuffing our faces while talking about Cal's upcoming bike trip and his possible trip down to Chile to visit us this spring, a Chilean spring which would be a Minnesota autumn.  My nephew is a great guy with a heart of gold, and spending time with him is always solid, as there is no bullshit with this guy... something I always appreciate.

Spending time and talking politics with my Dad was good, as we didn't let it get out of hand... which can tend to happen as my liberal and his conservative views find various ways to clash and clamp.  It was nice staying at his house the first night, as it was quiet and allowed me to mentally land a bit before hitting the talking trail over the next week and a half.  

The walk last night with my sister Kim was a bit blurry, as I was being pulled to sleep by jet-lag... but after a short spell I broke out of it and we had a great chat and a good walk around her neighborhood, which is filled with an urban zoo of wildlife.  In the past two days I have watched wild turkeys scuttle about with their young, whitetail deer gingerly crossing through peoples yards, a flurry of cardinals, blue jays and other brightly colored birds flitting about, various wildish ducks caring for their little peeps and have yet to see the fox and racoons that come out after dusk, as I am horizontally busting out ZZZZZZZ's trying to catch up on some sleep.  

Playing and chatting with Levi, my other nephew, has been excellent as he is probably the most intellectual nine year old I have ever met.... but he is not your classic Poindexter, but is a bit of a wild man... it is kind of like taking Einstein as a kid and giving him a bit of an all-star wrestler attitude thrown in with a dash of Genghis Kahn for good measure.  He has done a great job of keeping me up and alive as I have been working through my ubiquitous jet-lag.   

Later this morning I will be heading up to see Deb's side of the family in Northern MN to spend some time hanging out with her side of the family at Mike and Sue's lakeside home.  As I have mentioned before they are great people and spending time with them comes with no stress... something I am trying to avoid as I try and pinch in a bit of a summer break before heading back to work for another year of teaching. A Minnesota tradition of "a day at the lake" will be just what I could use... and with today's highs nearing 90 degrees Fahrenheit... perfect.     


 
A few random thoughts....  

shirt ringing humidity hanging heavily in the air...

crisp, bugless nights...

Hello, How are ya's? everywhere I go... 

an urban forests' million shades of green...

friendly faces & firm handshakes...

a million shades of people...

cookie cutter, picture perfect, tied up in a bow homes, orderly trimmed by immaculate streets...

billboards, ads and stuff for sale on every twist and turn... 

over-caffeinated culture, hurriedly zipping from a to b & c to d while skipping over e... 

the longed for and elusive elixir of efficiency... 
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