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Missing You, Adventure Man

I’m eating here, all alone, in a booth for one, surrounded by a million other customers. Son and his wife are at work, and Sonny’s isn’t their favorite place. It’s low brow, it’s folksy, and oh, how I miss southern barbecue when I am back in Kuwait.

The waitress, Tammy, is country and sweet and cares about all her customers, I have the fried catfish with Sonny’s baked beans and a side of cole claw . . .I have my non-sweet iced tea, I have my Sudoku . . . missing you too much, Adventure Man:

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July 19, 2007 Posted by | Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Florida, Humor, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Marriage, Photos, Relationships, Travel | 6 Comments

Maxx Adventure

Today, a break. Renovations are going fine, normal setbacks, above normal completion rate. Today, no workmen in the house and I run free, I am celebrating.

And how do I celebrate? Well . . . here I am at Barnes and Noble, where I can buy some wireless time to upload some photos, and oh yes, the new James Lee Burke / Dave Robicheaux novel is out so I had to buy that, too, for the next long plane ride.

Earlier, a trip to TJ Maxx. It is a TJ Maxx Home – I’ve never been in one of those before, and oh! what a thrill. I found a carry-on, just like the one I have only a little bigger and at HALF what I paid for the one I have now, and have loved, and don’t want to part with except that it is splitting in some places where I have had to pack it too full. 😦

And I also found what I was looking for. Remember I told you about the Misto, and told you where you could order one? I found it on the shelf at TJ Maxx, marked WAAAAYYYYY down. I love it. See if you can spot it.

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I also thought of you when I saw this sign. Kuwait isn’t the only place with ambiguous, and very funny signage:

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July 19, 2007 Posted by | ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Florida, Kuwait, Language, Lumix, Photos, Shopping | 5 Comments

What’s in Your Toolbox?

What do you give a young adult, graduating high school, who has just about everything he wants? What do you give him that he doesn’t even know he wants?

It was Christmas, and we were trying to figure out what to give our son. We eventually decided on a tool box, and we had a lot of fun filling it – hammers, fasteners, screw drivers and Phillips screw drivers in various sizes, nails, putty, screws, a level, a measuring tape . . . he like it, but he was a little underwhelmed.

Until he got to college. At the end of the first week, when he called us, we could hear the joyful confidence in his voice.

“Guess what!” he said. It wasn’t really a question, he was going to tell us.

“No-one else has a tool-box here! All the other kids need help putting their bunks together (there was some smart entrepreneur who was marketing loft-like bunk beds and room-customizing kits to all the incoming students, making, I am willing to bet, a fortune) and I’m the one with the tool box!”

We could hear the smile on his face.

And isn’t that life? The more tools you have in your toolbox, the better equipped you are to handle what life throws at you? Even the unexpected – if you have the right tools.

For me, those tools have been varied.

• Reading books has introduced me to new ways of thinking.
• Learning foreign languages gives me different perspectives.
• Living in foreign countries helps conquer ignorant ideas about people of other cultures.
• I can eat a wide variety of cuisines without fear
• I can swim, use a rifle, cook, and speak in public without my voice quavering
• I can laugh. Thanks be to God.

All these tools have been acquired, some, like patience and kindness, at great price.

So what are your tools? What has helped you deal with what life throws your way? What tools have you grown to deal with life’s challenges?

July 19, 2007 Posted by | Biography, Books, Christmas, Community, Cross Cultural, Family Issues, Generational, Random Musings, Relationships, Shopping | 3 Comments