Blue&White wrote:Sorry for your loss, Carl. February is right around the corner. Hopefully it brings better tidings.
Attended the funeral yesterday, took six hours to make the trip in as the PA Turnpike was closed eastbound from New Stanton to Breezewood due to a horrific, 2 fatality accident between Donegal exit and Somerset exit. The tpk people were routing everyone, quite a few cars & trucks, to Rt 30 east so my bright idea was to use Rt. 31 east through Somerset. Bad idea, half way there the hit the mountains west of Somerset and several hung up tractor-trailers on an ice covered hill. Had to turn around, drive cross country over snow covered, but better than PennDot maintained, roads to Rt. 30 and then get stuck behind even more tractor trailers. We were over a half hour late for the funeral.
I entered the church just to hear my younger brother telling the congregation that we were hung up on the Tpke. and were running late so he would deliver my sentiments previously forwarded to him. I ran in to the rear of the church, the pastor saw me and relayed that we had arrived. After my brother delivered his comments on his passed sister in law I got my turn. I usually choke up a bit a funerals and thought I would not be able to do this but the distraction of all the travel problems kept me from contemplating the event and rehearsing it mentally. I think I did much better, in fact I received numerous compliments for it at the dinner post funeral. It made me feel good to support my older brother who never thought we would make it there due to my issues so he was surprised and quite emotional as I delivered a copy of my remarks so he would have them to review later.
My sister in law was a gracious, loving person who all children gravitated to as they innately understood her genuineness. My wife told me of her love for Sandy as a child at the same church. She was a greeter, 12 years older than my wife but Sandy would greet my wife, a four or five year old child, give her a hug and ask her real questions about herself. Actually my wife was very angry when my older brother took Sandy away by marriage to another state. She explained that she disliked THAT MAN who took Sandy away.
We met 10 years later in high school and she joined the family and enjoyed many occasions with Sandy over the years. We took my brother and Sandy to a PSU game back when people used to throw rolls of toilet paper hopefully with a back spin so it unrolled appearing to be a long streak of white over the crowd. Invariably the unrolled portion of the roll would hit someone far below depending on the skill of the person throwing the roll. We smuggled several rolls into the stadium and my brother's throw wasn't very good, hitting a spectator roughly 20 rows below. The man was as mad as my wife when by brother took Sandy away but I don't think he was seriously injured. I got off a good throw and the roll dissipated without great inertia on impact. Fond memories.
Sorry for running on about something that people here have little to no knowledge and is probably skipped material but I think it helps me to express it through my fingers today so it is beneficial.
The drive home was uneventful thankfully. We got a few pictures with my three brothers and I. My oldest is in failing health and I'm concerned that he may join his wife much sooner than anyone thinks. His weight is way down and he felt skeletal when we embraced which my wife confirmed so while there was nostalgia, a partial celebration of life and grief expressed I cherished the time there as its likely last time we will all be together in this life.
Today my entire body feels it. Too much standing, 11 hours in the car for the round trip that normally takes 9 hours. I'll need a few more days to be back to my normal. I've got the time, at least in the sense of not having to do anything else beside get a hair cut this week. Of course that requires a 35 mile round trip but that's the trade off of living in a rural area.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend, not watching and drama queens pictured on the news and lowering your collective blood pressures with a cool one or two. I'll probably watch a part of the SB but not much. I don't have a rooting interest other than maybe not wanting the Pats to win again. I'd like to see the other team beat them sometime. I suppose people thought that about the Steeler's in the 70's too.
P.S. DVR'd the PSU vs OSU wrestling match last night as I knew we would never be home in time to see it live. Did not finish watching it until 2 a.m. An amazing, drama filled match with PSU digging itself a 5-15 point hold at mid match only to win four of the last five matches and while our 285 did not win he only lost by a score small enough to give OSU three points, one less than they needed to tie us. OSU's 285 is a world champion and Olympic champion wrestler and he said he wanted to destroy PSU. Well, while he won his match he did not dominate Nick Nevills, our 285 and that was the difference in the match. OSU 18 - PSU 19! WE ARE.........