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Trip Start May 30, 2008
Trip End Jul 02, 2008

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I am so happy to be leaving Toledo! What a drab place. Ok so my bro went to University of Toledo a few years ago. The campus is very nice. That is the one good looking area in the city. Ok enough of that so I am heading back to Canton today. My hometown, this is where I was born and spent the formative years of my youth.
I continue down the rather short drive on I-80 to I-280 traveling past Parma and Brook Park onto I-77 south to Canton. Its amazing how much smaller the area is or maybe its just my perception of it. I just remember taking trips up to Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio and remembering those trips (3 hours or so) seemingly taking forever.
Ready for a trip down memory lane.........
Its amazing how after so many years the area has not really changed all that much. I drive around Jackson Township looking at all the old haunts. Sure there are plenty of stories to go with it..... well.... you don't really want to hear about it.  Its been 3 years since i have been back. That time, I returned with Nate, for the wedding of two of my close college friends.
This time I am on my own, I get to remember those days 10 -13 years ago during the highschool era. Dances, proms, and a lot of good times.  Unfortunately i don't have many pictures from this era.. online at least, here are a few that i do have. Sorry not very photogenic. I was about 15-16 years old when these were taken.
But first, I stopped by to see my grandparents. I never got the chance to see them on my last visit. I stopped by Westlawn to pay my respect to them. Its only been 8 years since my grandmother passed on... though it seems more like a lifetime. I guess having such a small family you cherish those that are dear to you even more despite the fact that they aren't with you anymore. I left them a single lei in homage to those that moved on in the family.
I continued around the general area, driving by my old house and neighborhood. 
I made it by my old highschool that has ahd some drastic remodeling done.  It hardly looks like the place i spent four years of my life walking down the hallways with the old gang. I remember one of the first days I went there the Superindendant stopped me in the hallway asking me if i was "Chrissy"s girl"? From then on out i had to watch what i did since half the school knew my mother. Not that that stopped me.

I stopped by the park outside the highschool to remember a dear friend of mine Tracy Dinnen. Tracy and a few of our friends where walking through the park afterschool when she was hit by a jeep. She passed away a few hours later. I was supposed to be with them that day, got sick and ended up going home instead.  Tracy was an absolute sweetheart. There is a small tree planted in the park in her memory.

Onto happier times...... stopped by the Winking Lizard an old bar i used to work at about 10 years ago. http://www.winkinglizard.com/data/content/ There are a few coworkers still there that I knew. The owner is still there, Fred, I took some time to catch up with him.
A very nice guy,I was trying to work on him to open a Lizard in Hawaii.  WE are sorely inneed of a good wing and beer joint! I remember plenty of good times working there.  I used to be a busser, made some good money cleaning up after everyone.  I was too young to be a server i was fine with that i didn't want to serve people anyway.... hmmm..... Have you ever seen that movie Waiting.... well anyone in the food industry has similar stories to that. No im not saying the food is tainted or anything like that. They do have some awesome wings as well as a World Beer tour.  ( I completed the tour in 2003 and have the jacket to prove it.) My mother is soooo proud.... um yea.... 

I met up with my Auntie Cassie at Max & Ermas for some pupus and drinks. Had a good time catching up. She is graciously letting me stay at her place for a few nights while I am in town.
Great end to the day.......
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