We Missed the Big One for the Hometown Celebration

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After our breakfast at Keke’s, I was pretty stuffed, but because we didn’t have to be anywhere still wanted to head over to the Orlando Harley Davidson dealership.

I needed to pick up a pair of jeans for Jim but they didn’t have his size. The sales associate there was really great, called their other two smaller stores in town, found a pair at one of the other Harley Davidson stores, and had them hold it for us.

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Believe it or not, I didn’t really feel like going into Talbot’s, yes I know, but I was stuffed from breakfast, it was in the mail, and I just didn’t feel like shopping! It didn’t take me too long to realize that I didn’t really didn’t care if I was missing a jacket button for the Hometown Celebration.


Time always seems to go so fast and the next thing you knew we needed to head back to the hotel. We picked up Jim’s jeans and stopped to run through the car wash, then back to the hotel to get ready for the evening.

If I may digress before I get into the Hometown Celebration, I would like to say that when we left on Saturday afternoon Washington, Missouri was about to experience one of the coldest winter storm in years the next day.

Snow covers the St. Louis area

We invited our Sears store manager to the Hometown Celebration, but when he called on Monday morning we were all relieved that he decided not to attend as he was the only one at the store. Quite frankly, I can’t imagine anyone going out in 12” of snow, much less with a temperature of minus eight and a wind chill of 30 below.

About an hour later Mike, our manager sent me a text telling us that he had slid through a red light into an intersection because of the ice. Jim forced me to send him a picture of the temperature gauge in the car, which read 81 ° prompting Mike to respond with being lucky that he didn’t have any pyromaniac episodes in the past two or three years.

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Jim kept telling me that he regrets not being home for this particularly cold storm, and I do believe him. He still talks about the winter storm of 1977 in Illinois. Now, when anyone talks about the storm of 2014, he is going to have to say he was in Florida.

We had a blast at the Hometown Celebration, but that will have to wait until next week!