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August 21, 2007

back safe and somewhat sound

I made it back to National in several pieces, as my luggage went lost somewhere along the way. I'm hoping it wasn't the 2 cans of LaCrosse Lager I tried to smuggle in my shoes. If I don't get it back, some people aren't going to get their official Lake Pepin Laura Ingalls Wilder tee-shirts for Christmas!

Everyone loves pictures of my mom's piddly dog, Jilly:
By Popular Request: it's Jilly!
Jilly has a weak bladder, but her cuteness makes up for it - almost.

Yesterday I went to the National Bald Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN:
They let you right into the eagle enclosure, but it really smelled.

The Chicago waterfront on the way out of O'Hare airport:
Chicago waterfront
The death toll from the flooding and mudslides around my hometown reached 22, with more storms to come, yet all I saw on the news in the airports today was how a hurricane was somewhat near Texas, threatening oilfields. I guess if it isn't happening on the coasts, it's not important.

Posted by jimbo at August 21, 2007 7:18 PM


There's a raw nerve ... Why do I have to listen to the international news to learn that I-75 closed here in Ohio due to high water? What's happened to local, regional, national news?

Posted by: Ohio Tom at August 22, 2007 6:33 AM

I waved as you went over, did you see me?

Posted by: Michael at August 22, 2007 5:09 PM

Glad you made it back safe...the pictures are great....I could not help but notice that a good many of the mens in yours from Wisconsin were also Tevas...the circle has been closed I now understand....

Posted by: Chris at August 22, 2007 7:30 PM


It never seems to stop raining - Des Moines is going to start getting the flooding shortly from the very heavy rains just to the north of us. Supposed to finally push out tomorrow afternoon - but it has rained for a week solid!

Posted by: Martini at August 23, 2007 8:32 AM

Jilly is so freaking cute!

Posted by: patrick at August 23, 2007 10:29 AM

It's very surreal here in California to be reading about so much rain and flooding when we haven't had a drop of rain here since Lindsay Lohan's first toot of coke.

Posted by: Rich at August 23, 2007 4:23 PM

Such a sweet dog- I love dogs! Seriously, tell yer Mum to ask Jilly's vet for Proin- should take care of her weak bladder problem. Neither Jilly or your mom deserve a Jilly with a weak bladder. Welcome back!

Posted by: Bob at August 24, 2007 9:58 AM

I can see my old house from there!

Posted by: Cobban at August 28, 2007 9:48 AM

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