May 25, 2008

Happy Memorial Day Comments

Hey friends! Welcome to another great day in our Memorial Day Weekend 2008! I hope you're having a great one so far!

I had to be up early this morning so I could finish getting ready to leave for Palatka, Florida with Lindsey. We are working with Divided We Fail at the Bluecrab Festival working our information table. It takes me awhile to get up and going good in the morning so I woke up at 8am after only four hours sleep. My arms and legs were bothering me again last night so it was toss and turn action for me.

This morning on the news they were talking about the tornados in Oklahoma yesterday. A slow-moving storm packing tornadoes and hail battered rural Oklahoma on Saturday, destroying several buildings, tearing up trees and tossing a mobile home onto a highway. The bodies of two storm victims were found in Kansas. About 100 people have died in United States twisters so far this year, the worst toll in a decade according to the weather service and the danger has not passed yet. Tornado season typically peaks in the spring and early summer, then again in the late fall.

Then in Chengdu, China; one of the most powerful aftershocks to hit quake-ravaged central China leveled many more homes and killed a person, leaving dozens more injured Sunday, as soldiers carrying explosives hiked to a blocked-off river to alleviate the threat of floods. The pictures and video of the disaster were heart rendering.

Lindsey picked me up around 11am and we headed to Palatka. Luckily Palatka, Florida is only about 65 miles from Jacksonville. Since it is a very small city, it didn't take us long to find the festival and parking. After walking around to find where the Champmobile was located, we gathered our materials from the car and got our stuff set up. I would say there was probably over 30,000 people who walked down the part of the festival that where our Champmobile was located. I was actually surprised since Palatka is a very small city. I did see a few people from Jacksonville including Beth Parker and her daughter which made my day. It's always great to see friends unexpectedly. Today we had ten different employees and volunteers working and ended up getting over 300 pledge cards signed today. Everyone worked great together and had a great time. Right across from us was a frisbee dog show that had shows every other hour and helped draw people to the Champmobile.

By 2pm, Lindsey and I were starving so we decided to walk around and checked out the other vendors while getting something to eat. We decided on getting some panini sandwiches and that's when I saw the vendor with the butterfly displays like the ones I have purchased before in South America, the south Pacific islands and the Caribbean. What blew me away was their prices which were fantastic so I'll probably go back to their tent tomorrow and get one for a memento of this trip which is something I like to do when I travel. I always get something for the house either art work, a Christmas ornament or at least a magnet for the refrigerator that states the name of the place I was visiting.

By 5pm, I think we were all exhausted, sunburned and tired. I know I couldn't wait to get back to the hotel, check in, get settled and take a shower before dinner and enjoy the air conditioning in my hotel room. Everyone gathered about 7pm to head over to Chili's for dinner. Being Sunday night on a holiday weekend, the restaurant was packed but luckily Nancy had gone ahead and got us a table. I ended up deciding on the combo fajitas for dinner and they were delicious. I could really feel how tired I was as soon as I finished eating. It hit me like a ton of bricks and I couldn't wait to get back to the hotel and go to bed so I'm finishing this entry and hitting the hay.

I hope you had a great Sunday also during this Memorial Day weekend. Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab