Went to Wisconsin for the funeral of a good person who I wish I had known better than I did. I mostly went to support my unofficial big bro, bt I ended up joining him in mourning. The service was a catholic-style service (mass without the communion essentially) followed by a service with full military honors. It was beautiful. After the service was a full dinner given by the family to the attendees. I've never seen anyone sent off in such grand fashion, but hearing the stories over the last weeks and at the service about how good a person he was, I can't help but know he deserved it.
Went to tozier_wah
's afterwards for what can best be described as a Irish Wake. I stayed over, slept on an air mattress for the first (and last) time... whatever problems I usually have with snoring were magnified by many factors on that evil thing. But on the upside, I got to hang out with friends and make some new ones! So to everyone that was there, it was good to see/meet you. And to woodychitwn nbowa darkphox tzup snow_kitty jet_der_hund lighthawkdragon
and anyone else I gave hallucinations of having transformed into a moose, my apologies ^_^;;
As for that, it ended rather badly. On my way back from Wisconsin my old enemy the instant-sleep returned. During one of these, I ran up onto one of the concrete dividers on the Tri-State Tollway and blew out my front left tire. This had almost happened upwards of 20 times until it finally did... I guess my shield is weak against multiple attacks. I'm lucky the car wasn't hurt any more than that....especially when I accidentally drove to the right...where I found No Shoulder. Road work had taken it out. I had to sit on the side of the road, less than two feet away from Giant Trucks screaming by at 90 mph O_O;;;; The state police sent this huge yellow Help Truck to change my tire to the spare, and away I went to help my mother (and boss....sigh) move her stuff from one office to another. Got help from my friend Tom; this was a lifesaver, since I was waaaaaay too tired to drive and there was a surprise blizzard in Chicago. I'm so glad I'm going to Australia on Wednesday. ^_^
If anyone is looking for Office Type Furniture we are going to have an indoor garage sale to get rid of some of the stuff we have. We moved from three offices to two, so 1/3 of our stuff (desks, chairs, file cabinets etc.) are now extra.... come buy our stuff!!! ^_^