I went to Yakima, Washington..........
.... I felt I kinda owed it to Jon, since he went to Ontario, Michigan, and Indiana with us; and that was for ten days! Besides, I wanted to see Jon with his high school friends. For insight, I suppose. So voila - the Eisenhower High School Reunion.
The plan was to leave on Thursday night so I could have the whole day Friday to do Yakima stuff, since reunion activities would consume most of the weekend.
We ended up leaving late since it was a good Six Arms night (every Thursday Jon's college clan goes to Six Arms - they've been doing this for years now!) Anyhoo, Fernanda and Scott L and Shin and Scott S and Stacy and Bill (and and) showed up that night, and they aren't there every Thursday like we are, so I was trying to absorb everyone in the two booths that we had stocked. I use this as an excuse for why we left at ten p.m.
The memorable event of the drive was a spot in Cle Elum, where the freeway was completely closed and they were directing traffic off I-90. I groaned to Jon "Why is the freeway closed off?" because I knew that usually means a fatality occurred. Sure enough, I see a body in the road with a bloody sheet over it, and bare feet sticking out. I was horrified, to say the least. It certainly set the tone for the rest of the evening. The story in the Yakima paper is at the following link, with this title: Man Struck By Vehicle Crossing Highway Dies (you have to scroll down a bit). Turns out he was crossing the highway on foot and got hit. Keep in mind I didn't know this until two days later, when it was finally printed in the paper. Up until then, I was going crazy trying to find out who it was (a name) and how it happened. I don't see dead bodies every day (thankfully).
On to rosier stories....the Hall house, built in 1925, is a big corner lot house with awesome birch trees and roses and a pond etc etc.
Jon patiently waiting for me as I was taking the picture of the Starbucks lady.
Friday night we had the casual reunion night at Grant's Pub near the local jail (how fitting, haha). I met Brad (who still envies Jon's playhouse in the back yard) and Daniel and Marnel and Robin and Brian and another Brian and some wives and some significant others and some just others (such as myself). A bunch of them live in Seattle or the vicinity.
The special for the evening at the pub was Grilled Egg Salad Sandwiches, which still has me confused.
We got home in time to watch one pop-up Brady Bunch, then crashed.
the next morning it made perfect sense to get a television
for Earl & Lisa for their anniversary/Lisa's birthday,
especially since they said they were getting each
other a new VCR that day. We just had to make sure
we weren't spotted at the same stores as them. We
also bought a heart shaped cake pan and stuff to make
a great cake. It was pretty dang warm that day and
I had a lot of pictures I wanted to take.
So we made the cake and got ready and gave Jon's parents their cards and rushed off to the reunion. The whole reunion story is here. After the reunion I was craving macaroni & cheese (the mom kind, not Kraft) so we went to the store and got the fixins and I finished icing the cake and Jon hooked up the TV and VCR.
Somewhere just past Selah, the air smelled like dirt and water and cool air after a hot day. This was while we were driving down the highway listening to Juno. It was a great moment.
I really look forward to going back.....