Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 3 (2))

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There is no such place as Budapest. Perhaps you are thinking of Bucharest, …and there is no such place as Bucharest, either.  ~  Robert Benchley

Up Next:  Is BAT here yet?

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“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 3)

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Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. ~ Gustave Flaubert

Up Next:  The holiday weekend?

 

 

 

 

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And Then Back Home Again . . .

We arrived home Friday night after a 13-hour, 802.6 miles, door-to-door, drive from Nashville, Indiana, to Lake Darling.  We pooped out Saturday until that evening . . .

[Apparently at some point while we were roaming the universe, this took place at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale. One of the participants, who shall remain nameless, called it a “great” or “unforgettable” evening (I can’t remember which and I really don’t feel like looking it up).  Photos on loan from somebody’s FB page.]

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May 21

[A perfect Chamber of Commerce day as Danny enjoys the 72 degree sunshine.]

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[We received an e-mail from the Boy Tenor some time around 6:30 with a “missing u at” missive.  The Salty Dogs were playing at SAWA.  It wasn’t on the calendar?  But we made it just in the nick of time.  Early on, the boys were abetted in their musical stylings by Father Steve of the Catholic church.]

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[The Camp Ballentine Owens returned to the shores of beautiful Lake Darling at a time when we were absent from the shores of beautiful Lake Darling.  To her everlasting credit, Mary came to the symphony all by herself, as in alone.  “Crazy Dave” stayed home to watch some baseball team named the Indians on TV. Knowing this was a very weak excuse, he further posited that classical music exacerbates his GI tract distress.  This made absolutely no sense to me . . . but then, why should it?  Oh, and the symphony was wonderful – these folks play their instruments with the same pizzazz and elan with which I butter my artisan bread toast!]

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[Next year’s schedule – be there – it’ll be fun – aloha!]

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[Immediately after the symphony, we bolted (as only we can bolt) to the winery to catch, once again, the Salty Dogs. Since fiddler Greg is the president of and a violin player in the symphony, he could not be two places at once.  It’s hard to get the whole group together at one time, but Annie wowed on the accordion again!  :-)     ]

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[Yes, at no time did Erik or Tom ever smile, taking their work very seriously!]

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[This number will become significant later this summer . . . ]

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[Finally, the winery was celebrating their makeover of the tasting room.  The performance stage will now be in the corner where the deli currently is – I believe the deli will be removed and that wall extended.  Seating capacity will increase from 65 to 95.  Looks good, eh?]

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On coming home:  A girl called me once and said come over, nobody is home.  I went there and she was right, nobody was home.  ~  Hussein Nishah

Up Next:  Busy week . . . Memorial Day weekend, lots o’ music!

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A Reunion of “The Biddies”

May 16

[We left Noblesville, a northern suburb of Indianapolis, the evening of Tom’s graduation to visit Ruthie’s sister Rita in Nashville, Indiana, about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.  We had not been there in four years, the year Tom graduated from high school (see, blogs are useful for tracking such things!).  We were shocked when we arrived to notice there was a new house under construction in the lot next to hers (by an 88-year old widower, no less) – it had been vacant since at least 1972 when Rita moved into her classic square log home.  She always wanted that lot if it ever went up for sale . . . it’s a long story.]

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[First of things to do in this quaint artist community of 830 citizens (the county seat of famous Brown County and the only incorporated town in the county) was to walk  a couple blocks down Rita’s street (Artist Drive) to the extraordinary county art gallery.  The place is huge, befitting Nashville’s artsy-fartsy status (McDonald’s (yes, and there is also a Subway) was not allowed to put up its golden arches because it violated community standards).  Incidentally, Rita was the county’s school nurse.]

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[Bill and Judy Zimmerman are Rita’s neighbors, and we got to known them quite well during our visits over the years.  Bill died in 2011, and the gallery has a studio dedicated to him.]

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[Now we know why it takes “Crazy” Dave so long to get back from Florida every year!]

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[David Dale is another artist with whom we’ve been friends for many years.]

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[Then back to wandering – this place is ginormous!]

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[Bill was a famous bird painter, but here he did bears.]

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[Reetz in between Dave and Cindy Dale on the left and Bill and Judy Zimmerman on the right.  The photo is from 2010.]

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[We have three of Bill’s owl prints at home.  Oh, and he also did the mobile.]

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[Then it was time to resupply the liquid grape.  Yes, a guy actually did drive his car through the door!]

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[The Super’s son Rob dropped by for a visit.  Well, it was more than a drop by – he lives in Ohio so we don’t get a chance to see  him much.  It was good to have a whole day with him.]

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[Hey, let’s do a walkabout!  The population may be less than a thousand, but there are three stoplights in town.  This place goes tourist crazy in season, which is most of the year.]

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[We’re in the “mountains” of Brown County, and Brown County State Park is known hither and yon.]

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[City and/or town murals are becoming popular.  These were two of several in Nashville.]

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[There are several commerical streets, and they all look pretty much like this.]

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[The courthouse bison.  No, I don’t know why?]

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[Back to “city” center.  That’s the Hob Nob Cafe on the left, where we would be dining that evening.]

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[But now it was time for a late brunch at Bobby Knight’s Sandwich Shop!  Hoosier-mania!]

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[The famous “chair toss”!]

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[And now we’re at the Hob Nob for an evening of fine dining.  Jeff Foster was excellent on guitar – I was surprised I couldn’t find any good YouTube videos of him?  He needs a good promoter!  As we passed his table on the way out, I asked him if he’d be interested in playing Alexandria, Minnesota – his wife almost gagged on a brussel sprout!]

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[What?  Another huge, new public building, this one housing the Brown County Historical Society.  Along with their super library, this small town has more conference rooms than the Minnesota State Senate building!  The place was closed when we got there – no problem, Rita went home and got the key (she’s on the board).  The town raised $4 1/2 million to build this place.]

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[Kinda what Reetz’s house looks like on the inside – well, the square log walls.]

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[They could fit the entire town in each of these “rooms.”]

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[Taken under orders from the Supervisor.]

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[Reetz heads to the far windows for the best overview of Nashville.]

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[And here it is.]

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[Then off to the aforementioned McDonald’s.  This opaque glass display is a tribute to Bill Zimmerman.  When Bill was in failing health, this place had the easiest access.]

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[And then on to a new county walking trail, also a result of community donations.]

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On sisters:  My sister asked where Nicaragua was. I said, “Central America.” She said, “Oh so near Kansas?” I see a pole and body glitter in her future. ~ Anonymous

Up Next:  Bat? or Europe?

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Just Catching Up (After Europe)

May 8

[Just home from Europe the night before.  Battling jet lag, it was a beautiful day to see Josie at the winery.]

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[The last Central Lakes Concert Association concert of the year with Salut Salon.  OK, this wasn’t a performance from that night, but they did perform this one!  :-)  ]

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[The Super’s lilacs]

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[We weren’t even home for five days when we were off again on an all-day drive to Indiana for the grandson’s graduation from Purdue.]

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[And a couple of “bones” for our fellow CCLers!]

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[Noblesville, home to Tom’s grandparents Fran and Ed and previous home to Tom, Jami, and Danny.  Here Fran takes us on a tour of the local museum, ex the county jail!]

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[It seemed logical to me that these Booths would be related to the great New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth, but could find no such connection?]

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[“Lucky” was the creator of the Hell Drivers in the 30’s – his mantle was subsequently picked up by the likes of Joey Chitwood.]

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[The bail bondsman and our tour guide was a very knowledgeable student about to become a sophomore for IUPUI.]

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[The original graffiti still on the cell walls.  The jail was closed in 1977, late enough to have the KISS logo represented. . . ]

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[And Manson was here – perhaps in this cell?]

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.  ~ Anonymous

Up Next:  I’m lost?

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Nashville (The Real One!)

May 16

[Indiana, that is!  After Noblesville, it was time to visit the Super’s sister, Rita.  We were shocked, shocked as we drove up to her place to find a new house on the neighboring lot that had been vacant since Reetz moved into her classic square log home in 1972!  An 88-year old widower bought the lot and built a too modern house for this artist community. Oh, poopie butt!]

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[When I say artist community, I mean artist community.  For a town of 1,000, it has a ginormous art gallery – let’s take a visit with The Biddies.]

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[It had just featured our old friend and Rita’s long-time neighbor, Bill Zimmerman.  Bill died in November 2011 – hard to believe it was that long ago.  His wife Judy still lives down the street and dropped by for a visit our first night here.]

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[Reetz begins a stroll around . . . ]

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[And we didn’t know “Crazy Dave” had it in him?]

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[And here Reetz is looking over the works of another artist friend from the area, David Dale.]

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[I guess this is self-explanatory?]

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[And now the Super on a walkabout.]

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[And this is the Zimmerman studio collection.  Reetz has three of his originals.]

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[The place is huge (or is it “yuge”?)!]

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[The Biddies with Zimmerman bears.]

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[And back outside where the facility fits the areas nature theme.]

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[Then it was decided we needed some wine after our art tour.  And yes, the front door was hit by a guy in his car!]

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[A photo from at least 6  years ago – Reetz with the Dales on her right and the Zimmermans on her left.]

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[And the Super and I enjoy three Zimmerman owl prints at home.  Bill also did the duck mobile.  :-)  ]

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My absolute favorite meal in Nashville is sweet-potato pancakes at Pancake Pantry.  ~ Taylor Swift

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The Grandson Graduates

May 15

Occasionally one has to break the bindings of blogging a long vacation to keep pace with current events.  Such as when your only grandchild graduates from college . . .

[It began with an all day drive to Indiana with our son-in-law Danny at the wheel.  We spent the night in Noblesville with grandson Tom’s other grandparents, Fran and Ed.  Tom grew up in and graduated from Noblesville High School, with Fran and Ed just a block away.  Early Sunday morning, all the grandparents were up for an hour and a half drive to his graduation ceremonies at Purdue . . . ]

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[After posing the grandmas with the campus bell tower, all bolted to the armory for relief. Then back in line at the Elliott Hall of Music for the 9:30 commencement for Management and Polytechnic Institute (Tom’s) graduates, one of six commencement programs (likely normal for a large university).]

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[Others followed  . . . ]

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[Activity, music . . . ]

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[First came Tom’s girlfriend, Celia, then Tom, then Celia getting her diploma.]

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[Then Tom got his . . . so to speak.]

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[His group . . . don’t ask me to explain it! But Celia Duffala and Tom Gaither are on the board!]

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[Then Tom took us around to show us his “major.”]

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[Thanks, Grandpa!]

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[With his department head, whose description of Tom should net him a 7-figure job within short order!  ;-) ]

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[A moment with Grandpa Ed, Tom’s daily mentor from the beginning.]

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[OK, what we do here is so high tech that if I told y0u, I’d have to steal your dog!]

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[Nevertheless, Ed moves in.]

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[And we do really cool stuff here, here, and here . . . ]

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[Celia, Tom, and Booker point to their names on the Wall of Fame!]

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[And lotsa family photos on campus.]

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[Trying to get his stuck hair out of his gown, a situation with which I’m not familiar.]

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[With Celia’s folks, Peggy, Hector, Brian and Peggy.]

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[Good-bye, Purdue.]

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[PRESENTS!?!?]

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[22 years ago!  Seems like yesterday . . . but it was 22 years ago.  Where does the time go (some think behind a pole barn in Chokio)?  I don’t recall if this was the day where Tom actually ended up babysitting me, but I’m perfectly willing for him to take care of me now. I’m old . . . and he’s young.  Congratulations, Tom.  You’ve grown to become a outstanding young man – we’re very proud of you!]

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I’m here to tell you about the place I live in now: The real world. There’s no dress rehearsal, no take-home tests, no rough drafts. If you unconstitutionally wiretap people’s phones, you’ll be taken down. If you shoot someone in the face with a shotgun, you’ll reap the consequences. If you illegally invade a sovereign nation to secure oil interests and assuage a personal vendetta, you’ll be re-elected.  ~  Seth MacFarlane

Up Next:  Not Europe again . . . yet.

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