Friday, January 31, 2014

Make new friends but keep the old...

Excursion to Paducah Kentucky.
Saturday morning we left early. James (as retiree) was invited to the yearly company employee luncheon. We can't participate very often but this year it was possible.
1pm at Harrah's in Metropolis IL just over the river.

First thing I had to do when we arrived was find the ladies' room. Now, each stall had a sign like this. What do you think this means?

Our table. It was really heartwarming. We knew a lot of the people there for a long time. Helen was only 2 1/2 when we moved there and Sarah was born there. We had to answer a lot of questions. And which wife is not proud to notice how much they had liked and respected their (former) boss?

Of course Jo Pat and Jo Beth remembered when I had lost the (borrowed) cap (meant for his father as a souvenir I faintly remember) into the Grand Canyon because of a wind gust so many years ago.

When we wanted to go back to Paducah we saw that the traffic on I-24 seemed to have come to a standstill. I remembered at the last minute the Brookport Bridge so James took the detour.
This bridge has always given me the creeps. It's nothing but metal and you can look right through into the river. You always have the feeling that the car is sliding along. The extremely cold weather didn't help that feeling at all.

We had dinner at Max' which had always been one of our favorite places there. With "old" friends. Sara and David M. and Barbara R. Oh, we go back so many years and we have so many memories together. It was great!
The next day (Sunday) we went to service at Grace Episcopal Church. More memories! Again, many people greeted us and hugged us. What a super feeling.
Since they knew that we were coming, James had been asked to give his Camino presentation after the service. Of course he was glad to do that. We had some problems with the computer/projector equipment ... but luckily it could get sorted out.

Afterwards we rushed back to Nashville. William had complained that we had not come to "his" church. He wanted some playtime.
But look at this sign I saw when we made a stop.
You are right. I can be so easily amused!

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