What goes around....

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
Trip End Jul 11, 2013

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St. Paul Suburbs
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What else? More Relatives!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012


                We're being totally spoiled as we unabashedly "sponge off the relatives." Three days near St.Paul in Woodbury, MN capped off an incredibly diverse trek through Minnesota. 


                Consider, within extended relatives of the same family, we have experienced farm life, comfortable lakefront "empty nest"retirement life near children and grandchildren, the life of a young single mom living with her mom and within minutes of an aunt, uncle and cousins all of whom help to raise the 2 yr old, the lives of the professional couple living in a nice subdivision with a middle school son studying in Sweden and a bright 2nd grade daughter {my new girlfriend Kaia]. 

                A microcosm of life in America, all with the same values, the same joie de vie [showing off my French] and the same care and respect for each other. Pretty cool.

               I like St. Paul, as far as bigger cities go. Some great 'Luce" pizza probably helped sway me, but what we saw of the city was attractive, accessible and not too dense. We also got to go Trick or Treating with Kaia and about 10 of her neighborhood friends and their parents. Some of the neighbors really go all out for the kids and there's a lot of candy to be had in a subdivision like that. I feel a zit coming on! 

            I also had the time and space in Kristen's living room to work on my first painting of the trip, a commission of sorts for Travis and his roommates to be laminated to the beer pong table. I wonder how the historians will record this artistic endeavor. 

We whisked uneventfully through Wisconsin [ I only heard one Wisconsin joke - something about the reason it's so windy everywhere else is because Wisconsin sucks 

I heard one more Wisconsin joke somewhere along the way...I think Banana told it to me  

"What is the motto of Wisconson farmers?"

"Come smell our dairy air!"

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Pete on

Looks like you guys are having fun...I'll keep a good thought that ole Red keeps chugging along. Stay safe Merr and J.

Diana Rahdert on

Reading your blog instead of working. Smile.

Hokie Jim on

Be Careful you might get to liking the Vagobond traveling,I have done it for years and look what it did for me.haha
Glad you having fun, thats how life is supposed to be lived.

Pete on

Hot Damn J!!!...you guys are rolling. Let me know when you get close to Md. cause Bobby wants to make sure he gets to hang out with you guys while you're there...See ya Bubstein!!!!

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