Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Day That Never Comes Finally Came


Yes, I’ve always believed that you should never say never because about the moment you do you’re going to find out that never happens and before you know it you’re eating crow.  Today I picked up our new MacBook Pro.  We had our last laptop fail and had to do something before we headed abroad once again.  We had some money set aside and thought we’d bite the bullet and go ahead and try a Mac.  I guess we’ll see where this thing goes.  I’m familiar with things to a degree because of my i-Touch so it’s not totally new territory…we shall see how this goes!  Now we move on to the Chicago series and still ahead will be the return to Japan!


The day we left Chicago there had been a nasty freezing rain that coated our little trailer.  I still am fascinated by this phenomenon because we don’t get that all that often here in Montana.  We decided that on our way home we would stop and see the Mall of America. .  We had a very nice lunch and as usual I thought I’d go somewhere that Lovely and I would have gone to together.  The food was really excellent!  The food wasn’t as good as what we ate in Japan but still I was pleased with it.  Not everyone is fond of Asian food but there was a wide variety so the only challenge was to decide what we wanted to settle for!  Since Lovely and the kids weren’t with me I didn’t visit the same places as I would with them and rather looked for photo opportunities such as this one from a bead store.  If I was still into making my own necklaces I suppose I would have been in seventh heaven!  This place had everything from soup to nuts!  One of our friends is known for his sense of humor…weird as it is…he kept us quite entertained as he willingly tried on various things in the stores we were walking through.  I still smile at that picture!  One section of the mall opened up to a brightly lit area where the roof looked like a giant spider web!  Here’s a closer shot.  Oh how I wish Gabby could have seen this place!  Walking through the amusement park section of the mall brought me to a site that I think under other circumstances would have made me smile but I missed my family so much it made me really sad.  What a lonely sight.  Sponge Bob seemed happy none the less.  I couldn’t help but wish that the kids could come back here with me some day.  The size of the mall really is daunting but there’s maps everywhere.  I think it would have been better to have a couple days to see the sites but for now we were just seeing a slice of it all before heading back to the long road home .  The tables in the cinnamon bun factory made me think of a hypnotist mind trick.  Coming up on this fountain I thought I’d make a wish that someday I’d be here with Lovely and the children.  Someday we may drive this route again…I turned away from the fountainwalked out the doorsand shut the door on this adventure. 


  1. Joe the Asian food looks so good . Its one I always pick when out most times. I sure hope your dream if fullfilled and you can take your family back to this place and have so much fun.
    I loved the beads also. I too at one time made somethings with beads and it was fun. We have a hugh mall in Edmonton that has the same kind of park , also a water park. Its a huge mall walk forever to see it all. Loved your photos. Have a wonderful night and weekned.

  2. Congrats on your Mac, Joe. Seems more people are going in that direction these day. First Carole, now you. I am sure you will like it once you get the hang of it.
    Enjoyed your walk through the mall. I just love the picture of your friend, wearing the furry hat, and scarf with the pong, pongs on the ends. Ha! Your friend must make things interesting, and looks like he has a great sense of humor, and adventure.
    Hope all is well in Montana. Think of you all and your MIL. Hope she soon get on her way, and settle where she will be safe.
    Dianne :)

  3. Loved seeing the Mall. It's the only chance I will have. :-)))
    Yup, there is a learning curve with our Mac's but we'll make it. I bought a Mac's for Dummies book. I sure have been a dummy so far. Several other Mac owners in the cat's blog have lent a hand or I'd never have gotten a picture posted. :-)

  4. I thought all of the photos were great Joe. I have never been to the Mall but both of my kids have. The food looks like it was delicious.
    Congrats on the new Mac.

  5. Congrats on the new Mac hope enjoy used for a long time.
    The roof giant spider web. An old coins you were right you can make yours.
    Sorry to Gabby's missed Rain forest cafe etc.
    The food are very chip Joe,
    You are good family man Joe that I like very much.
    looking forward hear from Japan.
    Take care.

  6. Hi Joe,

    As always enjoyed your blog. Wish you well with your new Mac. God Bless - Nita

  7. This makes me hungry. What wonderful things there are in this world to see and we seem to overlook what's out there. Thanks for showing us.

  8. Great photos and commentary! Chicago isn't as bad as some people say it is. I'd love to go back and check it out---after living in the 'burbs for so long. Hope you like the Mac as much as some folks do!

  9. Throwing money in a fountain and then do a wish.
    I thought it was only in Trevi fountain in Italy??
    well i really hope ur wish will come true Joe
    abt ur Mac.
    same browser>>??? as ur other one?
    At office we have now digital downloading for the employes ( at home) Some browsers like in Apple dont work..We are working on that problem now.
    Ur visit to the biggest mall is inviting to read abt food. The foto with ur friend and the busby( is that the right word)???is sweet.
    Have a nice weekend with ur family Joe

  10. u have such a sweet profile pic..
    romantic wow

  11. Bravo to you for surviving that adventure!!! :) I have taken Daughter Dear to Mall of America a few times, under much duress. But hey, quality time spent with her while thinking to myself, *Seth, there's no better way to lose some weight and burn off those calories from the block of chocolate you just ate.* I'm not sure if I lost weight though, I didn't stay long enough to find out because as soon as my wallet was emptied and my Visa started smoking... we were outta there!!!!!
    When it comes to food, I like variety and Asian food is certainly on my list. Good luck with your Mac here's hoping it does all you need it to do for you and more.