Roll Doll and Faye

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

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Saturday, November 3, 2012



We had a really nice dinner with yet another cousin, Rolly, who told some great stories of his past business experiences. After starting a fledgling advertising company many years ago, he was approached by some very interesting  entrepreneurs looking to make it big with their products and ideas, like the inner city man who had created "Pimp Oil" to freshen up the interior of your vehicle, and the fellow who pitched a new shipping company that would send all packages from  a central location in Memphis. He was  even offered a percentage of the business, but they turned them both down, only to watch FedEx become - well you know the rest of that story. Not to sure whatever became of "Pimp Oil."                             

So, as excited as I get about my family, well, pretty much always, I was especially "exciting" to spend time with one of my all time favorite cousins, Rolly Waller, and his family We are currently still guests at Jodi & Tom's home in Wheaton, IL.and 20 minutes from here and were invited to dinner on Saturday night to Faye & Roll Dolls.  We enjoyed Faye's  MAGNIFICENT "Sicilian Sausage Soup" and, selfishly, I loved it... a great meal and captive audience with just the four of us, Faye, Rolly, Billy & I

Rolly is my Father's age but is my generation. Dad's oldest sister, my Auntie Mae and Grandma Corcoran were pregnant about the same time so Dad, Rolly & his big brother Merle were around the same age. Rolly, like so many in our Clan, is a great story-teller. I love hearing his reminiscinces, recollections and re-enactments.  and my favorites are the ones that include my parents, Lee & Mal Corcoran. Rolly has a lot of those. I am forever amazed at what people remember. I know Billy enjoyed it and this was an especially nice evening for me.

Faye grew up in Herman too, so she has a lot of great connections and stories as well. We didn't get a chance to see ALL of the kids and grandchildren and now great grandchild but Faye is quick and proud to share pictures and stories of each.

So back to Jodi & Tom's and then on to St Charles, to Jess and Aaron's new home for a day or two.  Then the Odyssey is off to Michigan after that.

By the way, our rig - from here on out referred to as "Ole Red" - is hanging in there. We're driving him very gently, avoiding quick starts and stops and staying at about 62 mph on the highway. There were some very disconcerting noises coming from the undercarriage in Woodbury, but I guess it fixed itself. Don't you just love that, when they fix themselves?

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Mallery on

Well mom must've broken it somehow...... and then you fixed it of course.

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