April 12, 2009: Waverly to Leicester on Easter

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher
regard those who think alike than those who think differently.”- Nietzsche

It is a very busy weekend for us.  Almost every day we are driving somewhere.

This morning we got up in Waverly.  We hung out with James and Nikki’s family for an hour or two before packing up and driving down to Sayre, Pennsylvania to meet the family for breakfast at the Banana Curve Diner.  Yes, that is its real name.  The food was delicious.

After breakfast we drove over to Elmira with everyone and went to papa’s house where the work of cleaning out all of the “stuff” continues.  It is an immense job that just keeps going and going.  It is really unbelievable how much stuff is in that house.  I found a bakelite UHF television tuner in the basement that had frequencies instead of stations.  We found some old cameras too including an ancient Agfa bellows medium-format camera that was made in Binghamton, New York.  I wish that we could take all this cool, classic stuff, but we would never use it and it would go into boxes and be a problem for Liesl or her kids someday and that isn’t good for anybody.  It is so sad that all this great stuff is so unwanted.

A little while after noon Dominica, Liesl, Oreo and I got in the car and drove up to Leicester to see my family for Easter as well.  Using the Garmin GPS it took us some back ways out of Elmira and we were in Corning within minutes and got up to Leicester in just over eighty minutes.  We had no idea that you could make that journey so quickly.

My family was still eating Easter dinner when we arrived in Leicester so we sat down and had some food as well.  We had not been planning on eating there and had thought that we would have been arriving quite a bit later than we actually did.

We stayed for several hours at Sharon and Leo’s place visiting with my family.  Sara, Jeremy, Rachael, Shirley and Jim had not had a chance to meet Liesl yet so this was a big day of meeting people for her after a big night of it last night.  She is a social butterfly and handles it well.  Oreo spent the afternoon trying to sneak onto the chair with the best sunlight whenever anyone would get up and leave a spot for him.

We did a lot of patching work at the office yesterday morning and some of it apparently did not go smoothly so I ended up having to leave the Richardson’s to go up to dad’s house so that I could log in and work for a couple of hours.  So my working streak continues without a break.  I am really hoping to be able to completely avoid work on Tuesday but we will see if that can happen or not.

Dominica and Liesl came home not too long after dad, Oreo and I had gone home.  They stayed to visit for no more than an hour after we had left.

I spent most of the evening working as there was a lot to do after having spent so much time in the car and visiting with family.  Things pile up quickly.

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