This trip allowed me to do some other things as well. My lovely Susan has a daughter named Stephanie who just celebrated her twenty fifth birthday. My brother adopted a lovely little girl two years ago and she had a birthday on April 15th. So I got the chance to celebrate that with them as well.
|Sue and Steph|
If there was a theme to all this celebration over the last week it was "Patience." I was not dealing with the plans for my parent's party directly, that was my brother's job, Knowing my mother, he had his hands full. I got a little bit of that the week before as she called several times wanting us to bring photo albums or other small knick-knack's home. As frustrated as I was with her at times, I knew it was worse for my brother. Patience.
If I have learned anything from my parents...it's that patience is the key. That and communication, as Susan and I discuss nearly everything that affects us.
So these past weeks it's been patience. My bike is fixed, the electrical gremlin was a rectifier. The gasket is repaired, the part finally arriving from the Mesolithic era. Then I got a call from Mike, super mechanic.
"Hey Rob, it's Mike."
Yea Dude, what's up?
"Well we found another issue with your bike. It's the oil pressure gauge."
Luckily this all happened before my trip home, so there was little I could do about it. What I wanted to do was spend time with friends and family. Visit something called Randyland - which I learned about via the Atlas Obscura website, and generally relax. Sadly I just run out of time, I was unable to spend some time with some friends but I was able to spend time with others. Over all a good relaxing weekend.
Some highlights are below, you can see photo's of my parent's 50th here (I'm still trying to get everyone named LOL) and additional photo's of my visit to Randyland here.
|My Brother Gary and myself|
|Sue, Me, Mom, Dad, Avery (little one), Amy, Gary|
|Building one of two|
|Taken from within the courtyard|
|The courtyard itself|
|I just thought they were cute|
|Yea, I left my worries there.|
A special thanks goes out to the work that Randy Gilson does, he's helping to bring back an old and once blighted neighborhood back with vibrant colors, hope and love...and it's an ongoing work in progress. I understand he wants to add a little cafe and coffee shop soon. As well as expand into the nearby neighborhoods. Support the man and what he does by visitinghis website. Or his facebook page here.