Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Back to School

So, it's now August, and soon the yellow buses will be on the road, the kids will be back in school, and the days begin to get shorter. This has been one of the best summers of my life, and I really look forward to many, many more. I have had my kids for nearly 8 full weeks, and with the help and patience of my lovely bride, they prospered. My son went to summer school and raised his poor score in Algebra II to a 'B', which I knew he could. It's a shame he hasn't had the motivation from his present home, but hopefully once custody is settled that will change, as well.

As motivation for his future school year, we purchased a 1994 Ford Ranger Splash pickup (pictured here) off of Ebay. We got a 'second chance' price because the original bidder was not able to complete the transaction--good deal for me! We made the trip to northern Indiana, where the truck's owner met us (the truck was originally from Flint, Michigan). My son spent the entire next day washing and waxing "his" truck, only to have the front of it covered with bug splatters after driving back from Indiana! It's a great ride, and once we put our "personal touch" on it, it is gonna be a ride any 16 year old would be proud to drive! Now if he JUST knew how to drive a 5-speed...

The job has kept me VERY busy, but I really enjoy the work. I've ran across several of the people I used to work for, as well as some of the associates that I knew beforehand. Former cruising buddies, ex-girlfriends, drinking buddies...I guess we all finally grew up! I'm due up for a raise soon, and I'm always happy to accept more $$!

We have tossed around the idea of moving to Indiana, as Leslie fell in love with the area while we were up there. The clean, neat nature of the towns, the moderate summer temperatures, the well-manicured lawns, and a family that is second t0 none were just too much for her (and me!) to resist. We don't have a timeline in mind, but it could be sooner...or later. Either way, it looks as though Indiana will be our final landing spot. It's about time!

That's about it for now. Not much changes in my life. Eat, sleep, work...repeat. The kids are back with their mother for the time being, but they'll be back again in a few days. Money has become less and less an object, and the bills have been getting smaller and smaller. I won't ask the fateful question at this point, but it's going really well, and I just don't want to jinx anything! So, until next time...

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