Three days to Mayflower

The moving van is coming on Tuesday morning to load up our furniture and all the boxes of stuff Anna has been packing. We’re not sure what day it will arrive in Oakland, but it might be a day or two before Thanksgiving. I’ll be staying in Moline until the third week of December. Anna is driving to Lawrence to pick up my sister Karla and the two of them will drive to Oakland next week. Needless to say, things are a bit hectic around her, and, of course, a little emotional. As much as we’re looking forward to our next adventure, it’s no fun to pack up and leave a home where we’ve lived happily for the last 7 years.

We drank a couple of beers last night at Bent River in downtown Moline. I’ll miss the Jalapeño beer they make. Their Dry Hopped Ale is pretty darned good, too. I remember drinking beer at Bent River with some guys from Augustana when we first moved to town. I think it was a Wednesday afternoon ritual. The bar used to have old church pews for seating, and they had a popcorn machine in the corner. Popcorn and a Jalapeño ale was a fantastic combination.

Friday November 13, 2009 — Mark —