Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
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Covington Yoga

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

I surprised my friends and family with an impromptu visit home. I arrived in the afternoon of the 22nd and bunked in at Charlotte's Covington Yoga B&B. I discovered later that day that my car wouldn't start and then the next day I made a new friend in the form of a gentleman named Calvin who helped me get my car to a shop and lent me his phone...for the week. He showed me proof that there is good will in men. When he lent it to me his words were, "its Christmas, its a time of giving and showing kindness to your fellow man". The humorous part was when his friends would call and lay into "Calvin" with an array of four letter words and then later find out it wasn't Calvin on the other side of the phone, they'd then sheepishly ask me to tell Calvin they called. All in all it was an interesting experience having his phone. I guess a few of my friends left unusual messages that Calvin will pick up and probably say, "what the f**k".

The rest of the week was me popping in to surprise family and friends when they were expecting me to Skype them. A good time was had by all at the Rockbottom, and then a party here and there. I squeezed in two wine tastings at Findlay Market wines and nearly daily went to both the Pike Street Cafe and Bean Haus to see friends and sip coffees/teas and my favorite, Extreme Mocha (espresso & hot cocoa). Since it got colder everyday I was back home, the hot drinks came in quite handy. It was great seeing Carol at Pike Street and Jim at Bean Haus daily; and getting coffee and tea to bring back from Chris and Jim from the Bean Haus.  The cappuccino machine at school will once again dispense tasty morning elixirs. Two lbs of Blonde espresso should keep a few of us happy for a few weeks and if Brian (Ireland) brings some from home too we might make it to Spring.

It was especially good to see my family (the entire Carle entourage on Christmas eve and then a few more for lunch at Andy's Mediterranean Grille), cousin Tim and Gail,  and a nice array of friends at the Rockbottom (Bill, Tom, Rod, Michelle, Jeff, Cliff, Carroll & Di, Charlotte, Adam and his squeeze, and a few I’ve forgotten I’m sure and apologize for doing so) I appreciate everyone who took time to see me while I was in town.
Now its your turn to come see me in my new home…all of you!

I forgot how cold it gets in the Midwest (its 7F/-14C) at the airport as I sit waiting for the AA personnel to arrive and take my baggage and hopefully transport it safely and completely to Hanoi. My friends in Hanoi are saying its soooo cold back there (65-72F), I welcome that kind of "cold".

Thanks Bill for setting me up with auto insurance for the few days I still owned (and drove) the Jetta. Thanks Tim for lending me the Del Sol, it certainly brought sunshine to my week to have transportation after the car sale and transfer. A huge thanks to Charlotte for keeping me up and putting up with me for the week at her house. Allowing me to throw parties and small get-togethers so I could reconnect with friends like Mike, Julie (and Lauren), Jess, Hazel, Linda, Jami & Jeff, Bruce & Barb, etc etc.
It was nice to meet Amelia, Charlotte’s new companion. I really think a tool belt is in order for her on the job site, though.

If I missed you in recognizing you its not that I don’t appreciate you its just that I am so tired sitting at CVG when most people are going home from the bars, that my brain isn’t fully functional yet.

Happy New Year to all my friends and especially my family…and 2010 is the year you should plan a trip overseas to visit – ME

PS - when I took the phone back to Calvin he said I brought him good luck - the day after he met me he got a job, his mom started improving and will soon be released from the hospital and his' wife's overdue unemployment check suddenly appeared in their mailbox. He invited to his family Christmas dinner next year...I guess I may have too come back again :-)
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FLBray on

Ummmmm didn't get my invite to Rockbottom.

julie on

me neither! Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Mark on

yes I thoroughly enjoyed myself and already getting back into the swing of things here - thanks for stopping over

Mark on

Mrs Bray, had I known you were in town and how to reach you on short notice you'd have received an invite

tracey on

hey thanks for letting me know u were in town!!!! i know u are saying "Whatever!" i would have met u at Rockbottom.
be safe on your journey!

T1 on

M - if you had let me know you were in town - I could have let T2 know.

mark on

Still the question stands - how did I know she was in town and i was trying to send to as many people as possible - sorry if I left a few people off esp if i didnt know they were in town. I hope its no problem for her.

Mark on

Sorry Tracey - it was short notice and I just hit most of the single people since I knew the family wouldnt be a problem with coming - next time (whenever that is) I will send an invite to everyone on my email list - a lesson was learned this time.
Please accept my apology

laura t on

woud have loved to have gotten together for a holiday drink...maybe next time `.`

Mark on

I barely hear from anyone since I've been gone and then I come back and everyone has to tell me that I shoulda called them for a drink - I didnt know half of you were alive - I will let everyone know next time - as i said a lesson has been learned - please forgive me.

Connie on

Missed my invite as well. LOL. Glad you had a good visit. Loved your phone story. As always, wishing you all the best!

kwai_chang on

Wow. I don't think you've ever had so many responses to a posting! Or so much grief! That'll teach you to come back! No place like home for getting your twins busted! And I know what you mean about waiting for the Alcoholics Anonymous people at the airport--it always takes them forever with my baggage, too! I always tell them that I handle them myself, but they keep insisting that "Nobody can do it alone." I think it takes them so long because they go about twelve steps and then stop, twelve steps and then stop.... Oh well, sometimes you just got to have the serenity to accept the things you cannot change.

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