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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Trip to Duluth after Turkey Tryptophan

A trip long overdue.

This weekend we realized that we needed to go and purchase a cake in Duluth. Eleven years ago Sandy and I were married in Duluth and we had a wonderful cake from the Exchange bakery. Since then Sandy and I make the yearly trek to pick up the cake. This year we opted for the 8 inch version, as our children are older and wise enough to know when we screw them over by giving them tiny pieces.

When we arrived in Duluth, we found that the Bentleyville holiday lights display had been moved from Cloquet to the Duluth waterfront. We hopped on a train at Fitgers and trundled down to the event, which was wonderful. The admission fee was a few cans of food for the needy, which we had purchased earlier in the day at the Cub Foods. We enjoyed free hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes, and roasted marshmallows. The children stood in a short line to visit with Santa, and kindly informed him that our dog had hookworms. I got a verbal agreement from Santa that he would be careful to not land the sleigh team on my new Owens Corning VentSure® Ridge Vents. Because the last thing you want when you pay top dollar for the highest quality ridge vents in the industry is to have a reindeer hoof or sleigh runner damage them.

Other things we enjoyed this weekend were meeting with Ron and Callie for lunch, and being able to see Mike for lunch at the Schneider home. I was also able to install Ubuntu Linux onto Sandy's mother's computer. She has a new kitten that is very adorable.

Also, we had a wonderful dinner with the Davis family. I always love seeing Terese and my goddaughter Hallie. But Steve was also there and I have not seen him for a long time. Steve is a great guy and was glad to be able to see his new Honda Accord Hybrid, which was pure awesome lovingly wrapped around a voice controlled interior. The children enjoyed playing WII games with Hallie.

On the way home we stopped by my Mom's to see her, and the children expertly decorated her Christmas Tree, which I thought was really special for her to let them do.