Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunshine Daydream

"Sunshine, daydream, walking in the tall trees, going where the wind goes

Blooming like a red rose, breathing more freely,

Ride our singin, Ill walk you in the morning sunshine

Sunshine, daydream. sunshine, daydream. walking in the sunshine."

The Grateful Dead

In an effort to keep this somewhat entertaining I thought I would give you a couple of pictures of our store in Madison. It's graduation weekend here in the capitol city and that means lots of parents in town pulling out their credit cards to buy the happy grads some hippie reminders of their time in Madison.

Here is your happy clerk ready to answer all those questions about tie-dye, phish, and and the best scent of patchouli.

Here's my pictures on the wall of fame gold star to anyone that can name all 3 of the celebs sidling up next to me.

Let's wrap up the last week. I spent 5 days in the DC area. Here is a picture of my wonderful mother who is finally retiring down to Venice, Florida and hopefully getting a house with a pool for her eldest son to splash around in when he visits.

I got to spend one day at the Cracked Claw OTB in Urbana, Maryland which was my old stomping grounds 15 years or so ago. It was like old times with my running mates Danny, Dave, Fran, Dan, and Rusty all stopping in for some laughs and to lose some money.

Friday and Saturday were spent with my family celebrating the life of my grandmother. Friday night was marked with much, much alcohol that led to lots of funny stories, some great teenage confessions, and one member of the family barfing into a bowl of potpourri. Saturday morning we had a very small graveside ceremony that was just family and we all got to say our goodbyes. Saturday afternoon was of course more food, more booze and more laughter. It was really good to spend time with so much family, living in Madison has limited my time with these people and truly they always make me smile. Special thanks to my Uncle John and Aunt Betsy for their loyal readership of my blog and to many others who chimed in on my recent weight loss.

My flight home left National Airport at 6:25 am Monday morning and that is one early trip to the airport. The flight touched down in Milwaukee at 7:45 am and I was back in Madison by 10 am. Long enough to see my wife for 24 hours before she left for 2 days in St Louis on a buying trip for the store. We had 3 volleyball matches last week and went 3-0 winning 8 of 9 games. I saw NO live music but I did pass out some Sara Bareilles cd's to my family so they could experience what I had been writing about. I felt really good on the sand at Volleyball, but it was a tough trip for dieting Jimmy. Two things I have learned about myself, drinking does not lead to smart food decisions, and travelling makes dieting and exercise hard. It wasn't a disaster but I had some work to do when I got home to shake off a couple pounds I picked up on the road. I am back on track and feel good and look forward to being home the next six weeks and increasing the pace. Hope all's well with you guys and as always Peace and Love, Jim

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