10:45…..I just finished making a ton of chicken salad. It almost fills a 26 quart bowl I have. That should make enough sandwiches for everybody at Mark’s birthday party tomorrow night.
I went to the funeral today and met Renee (carrensey). The funeral was for her husband’s aunt. It was different than what I am use to. It was an Episcopal service. I’m Southern Baptist, which is just about as far in the opposite direction as you can get. I’ve been to an Episcopal church before, but it’s been probably 35 years.
So here’s Renee and me:
She said I should post that we were “thinking skinny thoughts” here…..dreaming of the days when both of us use to be skinny.
And Renee and her husband, Bill:
When Bill met me, he said, “So you are real.” I recognized Renee right away, and I even recognized Bill. I haven’t seen many pictures of him. I found out that Steve is just one day older than Bill. And another man I met has the same birthday as Steve. Not the same year, but the same date.
In the service, I sat next to probably the shortest Asian man I’ve ever seen. He was shorter than me, and that’s short – especially for a man. His wife was taller than him, and even she wasn’t all that tall. He even had trouble putting his feet on the floor when we were sitting in the pew, because his legs were too short. I can relate.
There was a very nice reception after the funeral, with lots of good food. We got to visit for a good long time. Both Renee and I felt like we were not just meeting for the first time. We’ve talked so long on Xanga that we already really knew each other.
The church is in one of the prettiest parts of Houston….on Memorial Drive. It took me 45 minutes to get there (only because I really didn’t run into much traffic). But on the way back, I took the long way. Memorial is also one of the most upscale parts of Houston. Most of Memorial Drive is in a forest, and runs through Memorial Park. That park area was originally the western edge of the East Texas Big Thicket. Much of it has been cleared for streets and buildings, but there is still a lot of forest there. And Houston is attempting to “reforest” the area. So I did some sight-seeing, and took Memorial Drive all the way into downtown Houston. It’s slow that way because it’s 35-40 mph all the way down Memorial, compared to 60 mph on I-10 (yes, 60, Ethan….not 90! )
I got home about 5:00.