Friday, November 25, 2005

Giving Thanks

Yes a day late but with good reason. I wanted to survive the trek on the TriState Tollway to my sister-in-laws on Thanksgiving. For those who don't live in Northern Illinois the TriState is one of the those roads that is always under construction. This year the toll booths are being converted to 'Open Road Tolling' so that people with I-Pass transponders get through quickly and ease congestion. I've always thought the best way to ease conjestion would be to get rid of the toll booths but that will never happen.

An interesting thing about toll booths. Exiting the booth is like going into turn 1 at Daytona except you're 10 wide going into 3 lanes. Quite possibly the scariest part of the journey. Well till we got to Indiana. 80/294 is torn up (again) so it makes for 'interesting' driving. Not much traffic (for 80/294) so we slid right through and got to our destination safe and sound.

After we settled it we watched some football on their HD big screen. It just make the empty seats in Detroit look so much worse. A great picture - just not a great game.

My sister-in-law is a pretty good cook so there was plenty to go around. Turkey, dressing, potatoes, noodles, etc. Lots of pie, cookies, and other treats for after. A little too much wine for a few people and comedy ensued. Lots of fun to watch.

Soon it was time to head home. I was a bit worried as northbound 294 has been a parking lot when we went south. Much better at night. Cruised right home. Home sweet home.

So what am I thankful for? Family, safe travel, love, and happiness are enough for me.

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