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May. 10th, 2005 | 05:38 am

I'm sitting in Glencoe, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis, about to head north to see my family. On Sunday my grandfather had a stroke. He apparently doesn't have control of his right side. He can speak although it's a little slurred. On Monday they took all the pictures, today they'll interpret them. Grandpa hadn't been a doctor in 10 or 15 years, so there might be lots of other stuff to find.

Please everyone, wish me all the luck you can.

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May. 10th, 2005 | 05:52 am

Boy did I luck out on getting here. I was able to book a flight using frequent flyer miles on less than 12 hours notice. I don't remotely fly enough (this is my second flight in 6 years) to rack them up, I'm still burning travel credit I made while in college. The only other time I tried to use mileage I had to book 4 months in advance and fly at 3 in the morning. It was a nice change.

Random travel thoughts -

- I like the new me a whole lot when it's time to scrunch into airline seating.

- For some very strange reason V8 is my drink of choice on an airplane. 90% of my entire tomato juice consumption has been while 30,000 feet in the air.

- Traffic in the twin cities is all it's cracked up to be. 15mph on the interstate at 6pm. *sigh*

- Rain! Weather! Ah!

- I hate cruise controls without a cancel button

- Ask, and you shall receive! The rental's ignition switch is in the dashboard. The car itself is so bland and generic they should have just named it "Car", although "Chevrolet Classic" is pretty close. They have gone out of their way to buy the loudest possible tires for the thing too.

- I love the smell of wet grass.

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