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Monday, March 31, 2003
Stats that Shape a Weekend
Time Spent Showing Out-of-town Friends the Sights in Tallahassee: about 2 hours (most of that through the car windows)
Time Dedicated to the Sights of St. George Island and Apalachicola: about 6 hours (included driving time)
Number of Trees that Fell on Brother-in-law's House: 1

Fairly eventful weekend here in Tallahassee . . . relatively. My (one) friend from Albany (NY) and his girlfriend flew down to see us last Thursday and stayed until Sunday morning. We tried to squeeze in as much fun as possible. And we had to squeeze Tallahassee pretty hard, but there was some fun to be had.

Okay, we could've done more, but we're boring. And parents. Still, I blame Tallahassee.

To summarize: We ate out a lot. Drank lots of beer and flavored malt beverages. Watched a couple movies. Saw Girls on Film play on campus. Drove to St. George Island and Apalachicola.

We saw my friends off early and then went to retrieve Mia from Michelle's parents. By the time we got home, everyone was tired and we went down for naps. Soon after, we received a call that a tree had fallen on Michelle's brother's house.

As it happens, Michelle's brother stopped his wife (who was carrying their child) before they went to the bedroom to take a nap. They were looking out at the yard through the front window when the tree fell. Had he not stopped them for his yard-marveling, they'd have been in the hall or in the master bedroom . . . where the tree hit. Pretty spooky.

The hall and bedroom ceilings are heavily damaged (or non-existent). In several places, you can see the sky right through where the ceiling and roof had been. There is insulation everywhere. And drywall. And leaves.

Everyone's keeping their fingers crossed that the insurance companies don't make this tough. The tree was near a property boundary and may or may not have been dead. I mean, it's great that no-one was hurt, but you'd like to see them not get raked over the coals here, right?


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