Look at those two. That’s Grams and Big Guy. Don’t these look like mug shots? This is the year for them to re-new their passports and they went off to the post office to do just that. I tagged along to keep them out of trouble. Oh, did I forget to tell you? We’re going to meet Emlyn and Marian in Wales and then we’re all going to head off for Scotland.
I got us a very good deal ($500 r/t). We’ll have our tickets in a few days. I also managed to make it at a time when the Aurora Borealis might just be visible. This made Grams very happy. That’s the most important thing for her about the trip. She’s always wanted to see the Aurora Borealis in Scotland. This is because of a movie she saw once called, Local Hero. It’s a long story. Don’t ask.
Turns out the AB is most likely visible in Scotland in the Autumn, Winter, and Spring. So, we’re going in September. We’re counting on an Autumn like they had last year in the U.K.: very mild and very beautiful. Emlyn is hiring a large car and he’s the driver. Grams and Marian are going to draw and paint. Big Guy and I are going to try some fine single malt whiskey. Well, we’re all going to sample the local brews. Grams and Big Guy have very fond memories of Scapa whiskey, as do I.
The new passport pics cracked me up. Don’t they look like a couple of grifters? Would you buy a used car from those two? All they need is the height chart behind them and the number hanging around they necks. My own photo is much better; well, it would be don’t you know? They had the guy at the post office in stitches. He started out with a real pickle face, but Grams and Big Guy consider 'pickle' faces to be a personal challenge. They were all rolling with laughter by the time we left.
Grams told me about an organization today that she thinks is a good thing to support. It’s on the web:
You can become a micro-loan banker through Kiva. There’s a link at the site to an article written by Nicholas Kristof that tells you all about it. It’s a good thing and you’ll feel good about yourself for participating.
And, of course