Maiden Voyages....

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

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In the heart of Ann Arbor
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

OK, so this is "kinda" funny.  Some of you might have seen it on FaceBook… when I posted a "STATUS UPDATE" about Margot, Bobbie Norton and Nancy Culotta holding the banner at the Michigan / Northwestern football game as the Wolverines take the field.  

Well, about an hour after posting it, bragging that we're there having all the fun and we get a call from a old friend who never pays attention to FaceBook but received three back to back alerts on his phone and decided to check them out.  He reads the posts in disbelief and leaves us a message that it is also "Parent Weekend" at Michigan and Yost (Benjamin Yost White) is in town with his daughter Sophie who is a Junior (and an Alpha Phi!) in Ann Arbor.

Yost had called about 8:30 that evening, Nancy, Kathy, Margot and Bobbie were up in Six Lakes for the long Columbus Day weekend and, being the wild pair that we are these days, we were probably already ready for bed... Haha... you're laughing but it's true. Anyway I returned Yost's call and we agreed to meet for coffee (espresso?) in the morning.

I think it had been 6 or 7 years since I'd seen him in Maryland last....It was strange and great to see him there in Ann Arbor. A little more irony?   When he read the FaceBook posts he told us that Margot Culotta Norton was also a business cleint of his! 

Yost has been a lifeline whenever I needed to know the social calendar of East Coast  activities and some things never change.  He's always willing and stays in touch with a lot of mutual friends, so after catching up with him we now know where some of our next Artful Odyssey stops will be (!!!)  :o)

While our hosts were away, Billy had nearly completed the remodeling work in their garage and a few other "fix-it" jobs around the house and, well... I made espresso, blogged and read.  
We have professed that we DO NOT expect or need to be entertained while visiting anyone any where on The Artful Odyssey, but Nancy had some thoughts about fun things we should do while in her town since they've been saving up their hospitality for 26 years*...and I mean to tell you they were the consumate hosts. We did everything just enough...we walked, we ate, we worked, enjoyed espresso, spectated, went site-seeing and we laughed and laughed and laughed. Nancy and I could always do that effortlessly together. And I'd have to say Kathy & Billy enjoyed it as much as we did.

We had also hoped to spend a little more time with Margot and Bobbie before they returned (to Kensington, MD) as we got on famously with them the moment they arrived. They had a evening flight so after they returned from the cottage, we took a walking tour of the town (which actually IS the Campus!)

I do think its "kinda" funny also that on our outings, "Starbucks" was always one of the stops (oddly enough NOT at my urging...) and while it was NOT our Maiden Voyage to Starbucks it WAS our Maiden Voyage for a lot of things in Ann Arbor... like "The Big House,"  Zingermans Deli (wow-wow-wow), observing the urban legend "Fairy Doors" of Ann Arbor, and an Ethiopian Restaurant,   

On our walk, while at "Kerrytown Market" and in fact throughout out our entire Mid-Western experience, we couldn't help but notice they take their beef VERY SERIOUSLY like these steaks the siz of Texas!  (Travis and Mallery you'd be in heaven.) .

I entertained myself (and I'm sure a few others!) when we stopped into an awesome (incredible...I mean to tell you magnificent) shoppe called "Fustini's." This incredible store had nothing but flavored/infused vinegars and oils. HUNDREDS OF THEM! (Well 30-40 each anyway.) They invited you to sample each and every one... Most of them SOUNDED awful but were truly favorite was the Grapefruit vinegar.

Anyone who knows me knows I always like to know the history of things (history of words... of people... of and I very boldly asked the gal (clearly a person of import and authority in the world of infusuion) if SHE is a "Fustini" and she replied--with composure and gentility I might add---that a "Fustini" is an urn... No compsure or gentility for me....entertained most of the Marketpalce with that one! 

You read Billy's construal of our great evening at The Blue Nile and here are this pictures that tell the rest of the story. (WISH you could have seen the traditional dancing I actually just LOOKED UP "CONNIPTION" and it honestly says "hysterical" -- and it was.

We are surprised to say the least by the number of deaf and/or blind pets we have encountered ALREADY on our trip. "Monk" this adorable pooch is 16, and is the forth one." Monk" and the wonderful next door neighbor Addie "hang out" together and have a seemingly a perfect,  fortunate friendship.

One more connection we made while we were there was prompted by another old friend in Kensington. While reading this blog and Facebook updates from Michigan, Jimmy Lawson tells us his sister Elaine (who ALSO went to Holy Child with Nancy, Margot and I) lives in Ann Arbor too.  So, OF COURSE  I call Elaine and we get together briefly . It had only been 30+ years since I saw her last. Elaine Lawson Commisky  graduated with two very dear friends, Maggie Ryan and Amy Ryan all of whom were in our "Big Sister" class at Holy Child (at who's graduation I sang "Day by Day.")

* After 26 years of invitations, three groups of guests all show up the same week! Go Blue!
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Auntie Helen on

I am enjoying traveling with you. Please keep in touch with us. I feel like I have been everywhere with you---------How fun...

Debby Edwards on

Decided to start from the beginning and read your entire trip rather than just the surgery part.. amazing... I remember the graduation..and Day by Day too! Taking a break but look forward to reading the second half later today

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