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Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
Trip End Jan 12, 2008

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Today is our last day in Jacksonville. Tomorrow we start heading to Houston. We're going to take a few days to get there, since we don't have anywhere responsible to be until Monday. Should be nice. Although tomorrow is supposed to be the heaviest travel day of the year, so it may take us longer than anticipated to reach our destination.
On Saturday, after we dropped my dad and stepmom at the airport, we drove down to St. Augustine to meet Albert's coworkers for lunch. We weren't feeling overly social, since we were still reeling from the news of Bea's death, but the plans had already been made and we didn't want to be rude and cancel.
The Outback Crab Shack restaurant was very casual. It's located on the St. John's river and serves great seafood. We split an enormous sampler platter of grilled fish, shrimp and scallops, fillet steaks, crabcakes, and grilled vegetables. Awesome. Made even better by the fact that the office leader picked up the tab! I had a hard time warming up to this group of strangers (especially considering my melancholy mood) but it was alright after a while. It helped that a couple of the guys brought their wives, so I was able to talk to them rather than just listening to a bunch of office talk. It turned out to be an alright afternoon, especially since it was a beautiful warm day and we ate outside by the water.
Sunday morning we enjoyed attending the meeting. We found it amusing that the brother giving the talk was the same local brother who had given it the last time we visited this congregation. Weird that we remember that, huh? We only remember because that brother and his family had taken us to lunch last time we were here. This time we didn't go out to lunch with anyone, but it did take us an hour after the meeting to leave, because we got to talking to so many fine people. We've found that to be true at every congregation we've visited. We always end up closing down the place. Sunday our impetus to leave was the fact that the Spanish congregation was arriving for their meeting so we had to vacate the parking space. It's always so uplifting to meet the new brothers and sisters.
So yesterday and today have been fairly non-eventful. Albert has been working, and I've been catching up on this blog! I'm also exhausted from the days we took off to goof off with my parents. So we're looking forward to some fishing and relaxation by a lake tomorrow at our first stop on the way to Houston. We'll keep you posted!
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