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May '09

Distance is Relative

On Saturday, we were at a birthday party for some friends’ son.  Friends there asked us where we would be on Sunday.  We answered, “Godley and Corinth.”  No one really knew where Godley was, so we kind of explained and said that it was about a 1 1/2 hour to 2 hour drive.  They asked us if we were going down the night before.  They were shocked to hear that we were going to drive over Sunday morning.  I really don’t like having to stay in a hotel very often.  It’s so much easier to just stay at our own place.  Most of the time, we don’t stay in a hotel if we have to drive over three hours to get there.  Of course, we did drive to Pflugerville on a Sunday morning once, and that just under 4 hours.

When we first moved back to the States, I absolutely hated being in the car.  The Netherlands is such a small country that we rarely sit in the car for more than 30 minutes.  Just a few days after our arrival, I asked my brother where a Payless shoe store was.  He wasn’t sure, so I looked up the directions online.  It was 10 miles away.  I said, “10 miles!  I don’t want to go 10 miles for some shoes.  That’s ridiculous!”  Now, it seems like all I do is sit in a car.  Like I said, distance is relative.

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