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Party prep & fun with friends...


Yesterday we had a good time with our friends Mike & Donna Gibson and Andy & Jill Brasfield as we prepared for Mike's party.   We ate lunch at the Gibson's and told a bunch of funny stories around the table (favorite pastime) and then headed to the America's Packer Museum (location of party) to do a little bit of decorating, the rest of which will be finished today. 


We got a private tour of the museum, seeing fascinating cars, two of which were just used for the movie, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and the hearse which was used for "The Godfather."  We were up close to these cars, actually touching them and could even open them up to look inside!   It was awesome.  One car was worth 6.5 million dollars.  I fell in love with a Packard convertible that was black with pink accents. 


After decorating we went over to Woodland Cemetary, which is one of Mike's favorite places, where he also volunteers as a tour guide.  If I still lived in Dayton, I'd hang out there a lot too.  It's a beautiful place.  This is something Mike & I both have in common...we enjoy walking through cemetaries.  (In fact, one of my stories published in Chocolate for a Woman's Courage was about one of my walks in the cemetary.)   The Wright Brothers are buried at Woodland, as well as quite a few other famous people.  The famous writer Erma Bombeck is from Dayton and she is buried there.  A huge boulder sits by her grave.  This was in her neighbor's yard and she used to always go there to sit on top of it and write.  Her husband had the boulder moved and put on her grave when she passed away.  I was most excited about sitting on top of the rock to have my picture taken, realizing that this famous author had sat there before to get her inspiration.  Maybe I'll get a boulder for my back yard...

After the tour we came back home for a little bit and then headed out to Quaker Steak & Lube for dinner.  I loved it!  We wanted Mike to do karaoke (and I would have done it too) but he wasn't feeling too good by night's end.  I think all this excitement just overwhelmed him today, so we needed to head back home. 

Tonight's the party and I we will probably get back way too late tonight to post any photos but will asap sometime on Sunday.  I'm just so glad we can be here to share this special weekend!


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