Yesterday we woke up in our AirTran provided hotel in Atlanta and headed to the airport. On the way, Shannon received a phone call from her sister Debbie, who we knew was also doing some traveling with her friend Angela. What we didn’t realize is that the air travel mayhem from the recent east coast snowstorms landed them in Atlanta as well. By some act of god, the cancellations, delays, and reroutes provided us a brief 15 minute encounter in the airport. Great to see you both! Hope you have a great time in Cabo San Lucas, you are riding in a good direction!
Mom and Dad picked us up at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport with the car loaded and ready to go, but before leaving town we stopped by Joe T Garcia’s for lunch one more time; Dad needed to experience this place. The temperature had warmed a little from the previous week and we were able to show Mom and Dad their amazing gardens without the felt covers that protect the flowers from the frost. Another great experience, but Mom’s expression says it all. The four of us split three meals and we still walked away with tons of leftovers. We’re ready for some salads or turkey sandwiches over the next few days.
After lunch we started driving west toward Abilene, Texas. Finally, we’re back on the road and I can clear my head of those dark “random thoughts.” As we passed through the small rural towns in our path we were intrigued by the Texas culture. First was the coolest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen made of hub caps, spark plugs, and tons of other car parts I can’t name. Next was the country store with all things Texas including the cow hydes Shannon has been trying to find. We flipped through numerous large rug sized hydes before settling on a very nice dark one with the white spots. As she brought it to the counter, I started to have second thoughts; this might be a bit too much hyde for our victorian style house and furniture. We reconvened and settled for a much smaller hyde that provides just a hint of Texas.
On a much sadder note, I recently learned that Mr. Mochol, a very memorable teacher from Wayland-Cohocton Central School, recently passed away following a difficult battle with cancer. I am very sorry to hear this news and will always remember him for his gift of entertaining us with incredible music and a great sense of humor. Walking down the hall of the science wing you could count on a warm greeting, laughter, and a big smile. Until our paths cross again…