Friday, October 26, 2012

Over the country and through the skies to Grandfather's house I went.

    I snuck off to Idaho last weekend and hung out with Dad.  It was great to just get away and do nothing.  They don't have WiFi or even a computer so it really was do nothing.  I could keep up to date with my fabulous iPhone, but nobody knew that, so it was my choice.  I must admit I did check in on Facebook at least once a day and I read all my emails, but I didn't answer even ONE!  Points for me.
     We started the visit off with a trip to Hall's Corner Bar where THE MOST AMAZING chili cheese dog lives!  I'm not sure you can truly appreciate the magnificence that is this chili dog.  It's got tons of chili, handfuls of cheese and sauerkraut!  I know, I know, one wouldn't think there would be a place for sauerkraut on a chili cheese would be WRONG!!  And if I'm being completely honest I actually think this dog is made up of THREE hotdogs!  So it's really a chili-cheese dog, dog, dog!  Ooohhh it's good!  I actually ate on it for 3 days and the leftovers were just as tasty!  So, first mission accomplished!  Despite gorging myself on red licorice, molasses cookies and jack in the box tacos, I did manage to walk and run on two days.  Although I must say I discovered that chili dogs, red licorice and molasses cookies are really not the best fuel for this running machine.  It was ROUGH!  The country up there is just beautiful, even with the fields all plowed over!  
It was most enjoyable, except for the one angry farmer who came outside on his porch and wanted to know "Why you taken pictures of my property?!"  I stood looking at him like a deer in the headlights I"m sure and squeaked out "I thought it was pretty....I'm just visiting my Dad."  He seemed okay with it and grumbled back into the house.  I wanted to yell "Paranoid much!" as I walked away but I restrained myself.  When I got home and told my Dad, he laughed and said, "That's old Marvin, he probably thought you were from the government!"  Sheesh!
    We ended up the visit with a trip to The Casino.  I've never actually been to a real casino before.  We've walked through them in Vegas and on our cruises, but it's really not my "thing,"  I can't see the point in feeding money into a machine where all you do is push a button.  There's no skill, there's no effort, there's nothing you can do to make the odds come out in your favor... it's all luck.  But my Dad was throwing money at me, I took a $20 and I came out of there with 8 cents!  My Dad won $335!  WTH!  I couldn't believe it.  Now, I'm not a Casino virgin anymore all thanks to my Dad!  I got in trouble for taking pictures in the Casino as well.  Took one, and the Casino police were all over me! I did sneak one out, but I'm probably in some "hold and detain" database now!  I'm not sure what it is that Idaho has against cameras, but tourists BEWARE!

All in all it was a great visit.  I'm always so happy to see my Dad, but at the same time it makes me very sad when I have to leave and I realize just how far apart we live.  The older I get the more I want to just gather all my loved ones close around me.  I worry about something happening to them or to me, I worry that I'm not going to see them enough or tell them how much I love them enough.  It's just a little bit sad.  I think my Dad feels the same way, he seemed very sad when I left and I just kept praying that no one would burst into tears because then we'd all go down!  As usual, I made the vow that we need to get together at least once a year and once a year is not nearly enough, but with the cost and the distance and our lives getting in the way we're lucky if we can do that.  It just sort of Sucks!  But I'm very happy for the time I did get to spend with him and we'll just keep doing the best that we can!  I love you Dad!

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