Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday, Monday. Again.

63classhdrI’m standing a bit to the right of the second row and it almost looks like I was Photoshopped into this HDR image, but I can assure you that I was there Saturday evening on the courthouse square monument in Delphi for the DHS Class of 1963 reunion photo.

Maria shot this image and I think I like it better than the official photo.

Gabriella Adler Budzinski, our German foreign exchange student, made it back for the reunion with her husband Udo, but they missed the group photo because they thought Delphi was in the Central Daylight Time Zone. I just noticed that my high school bud Lonnie Miller didn’t show up for the group shot either. Maybe I should photoshop both of them into the picture.

So the reunion is in the rearview mirror and Maria started her college classes this morning. I’m on my second cup of Panera’s coffee and contemplating a ride home by way of the post office.

We spent 18 hours and 45 minutes in the Lexus from Friday morning until we arrived home about 5:30 p.m. yesterday. Garmin says my maximum speed was 83 mph and my moving average was 61 mph.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the new four-lane section of Ind. 25 is open from I-65 at Lafayette to Ind. 18 on the south side of Delphi. Old Ind. 25 was a curvy, hilly two-lane road that shadowed the Tippecanoe River most of the way from Lafayette to Delphi and it could be treacherous in winter weather. It was on old Ind. 25 near Americus that I got my first speeding ticket when I was a new driver at 16. The road has few places where line of sight permits safe passing and it could be a nightmare on summer weekends when it was choked with traffic heading to and from Lake Shaffer and Lake Freeman at Monticello. I suppose the only downside to the new route is that it’s bad news for the handful of businesses in Americus and Prophetstown State Park.

The other pleasant road trip surprise came at the I-74 rest area west of Danville, Ill. where I discovered the restroom stalls are stocked with full-width toilet paper instead of the ribbon-like stuff you usually find in those places.

I miss nothing with my amazing powers of observation.