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A different weekend...
Jeanine and I had a much different weekend than we normally do. We joined my brother Marty and his wife and traveled to Lancaster, OH for our cousin’s son’s wedding. It was a very enjoyable trip. Probably more for Marty, Jeanine and I than Trisha who had recently had back surgery. However, she is quite a trooper and never complained.
We headed out Saturday morning. Marty’s GPS got us to our hotel without much of a problem. On the way, we stopped at Marty’s favorite flea market… boy is it big. Unfortunately or probably fortunately, we were traveling in Trish’s car and didn’t have room for lots of the stuff that struck our fancy. When it was all over, Trish netted a new walking stick and I had sore feet… but it was a good side trip.
A short while later we arrived at our hotel. We checked in and gabbed a little rest, changed clothes, and set out for the wedding venue. We had the address and put it in the GPS. We were told it was just a few minutes from our hotel. As luck would have it, the GPS declared that the street we wanted had a north and a southern route. We had to pick one and of course you know the rest of the story. We had a nice view of a good deal of rural Lancaster during the next 30 minutes. When our friendly GPS voice said… “you have reached your destination” we were in the driver way of a beautiful, very big, farm. We were quick to turn around before the farmer and his shotgun showed up.
After our about face, I reset the GPS for the opposite end of our desired street. This time we did better and in the blink of an eye, we arrived at the wedding site… and before the event got underway, so our detour didn’t do anything but, burn some of Marty’s gas and let us see some of the sights the area had to offer.
The wedding was very nice. Sarah and Scott were a beautiful bride and groom. We enjoyed a delicious meal and made several new friends during the reception.
After the wedding, we were a little apprehensive about finding our hotel in light of the route we took getting there. I put the address in the GPS and we set out… holding our breath. Just a few minutes later we arrived at out temporary home.
The next morning we traveled just outside of Columbus to have a late breakfast with Sammy, Channon and the bride and groom. We had a great visit since we have not seen one another since my uncle’s funeral. The return trip was basically uneventful. Of course Marty had a field day, repeatedly blaming me for the direction foul up the evening before. Even so, it was a great trip and we were glad we went. Unfortunately, Marty and I realized that the Given name at least is very much on the decline. Both of us have one son each. They both have daughters. Sammy and most of our other living cousins are in the same boat. Scott, who’s wedding we attended, is the youngest male Given, we believe, in our direct family. So while our genes may be around for quite some time to come, we doubt the Given name from our side of the family tree will be. That’s one more reason to spend time with family and friends while you can.

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