Thursday, my mom and I started out about 8:10 for Ohio to pick up grandma. It was a little later than we had intended, but pretty good for us. To pass the 16 hours of driving there and back again we listened to A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, a humorously written but factual account of walking on the Appalachian Trail. It would be a great book if only it didn’t have a bunch of foul language and some sick jokes. I can sort of understand having it in there though since it’s his actually experience on the Trail with his old friend “Cats”, who apparently is a slightly foul and shady character but still...
On the eight hour drive, I got to do a lot of driving (Never would have guessed that would you? :P ). I got to do about half our distance before a stop at our friends’ in Pittsburgh for lunch, and a second 100+ miles after lunch. Another surprise, we got places faster when I was driving. I thank my dad for that.
We got to Medina, OH, and I convinced my mom to drop me off and let me just walk around town for a couple hours. Since it’s a nice small friendly town, I could power-walk everywhere in town in an hour and a half! B-) :D Out here in PA I can’t walk anywhere except my friend’s across the street. We had supper at Dan’s Dogs, a retro style hot dog place that specializes in a large variety of hot dogs. Maundy Thursday service was at our old Medina church, but I’ll write more about that later today or tomorrow when I plan to write a long post just about Holy Week worship. It took people a moment to recognize who the tall unfamiliar boy was. When we moved away, I was about a foot shorter and wore glasses instead of contacts. It was nice to see a few old friends there.
After service, I got to see some more old friends, Jessie (a MHer of old) and Emily (a current MHer). I've known both of them a year or two longer than the three years I've been on Mouth House. We stayed at Jessie's house. The three young people stayed up until about 3am watching Narnia and Sahara, talking, joking, laughing, and poking each other to death. It fit with one nice quote I wrote down from A Walk in the Woods, "There's nothing like a good night's sleep, and that was nothing like a good night's sleep."
The next morning, we picked up grandma. We ate at Hardee's, and I have to say they've really improved recently. We used to eat at Hardee's all the time, but then they became expensive, and we stopped. Now they have really good service, always take your food to your table, the burgers look like they just ground up the in back and slapped a really thick pattie on the grill instead getting preprocessed junk like the other fast food chains, someone passes around after dinner mints, and most important, I'm being payed to say this. ;-) :D
Since then, we've just come home and gone to a bunch of Holy Week services. Valete!