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September 26th, 2015


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09:48 pm - My trip
I'm staying in Nowhere, Pennsylvania, also known as Kellettville. It used to be a somewhat lively village but then everyone moved away so now it's mostly just my relatives and moderately wealthy people's second homes. My great-grandfather apparently used to own this whole area; I don't think he was rich or anything, but the government of Pennsylvania said "Hey, who wants this land out in the middle of nowhere?" and he said, "I'll take it!"... or something like that. Later he sold it to various people, presumably due to the Great Depression. He had 9 kids and now there's one left, my 90-year-old great-aunt. My full mom and my half sister and my quarter nephew (wait, what?) are living here too now so this is where I go when I go "home".

The plane ride here from Oregon was unpleasant. First of all I'm huge so I don't fit into coach seats very well so it was uncomfortable. Then one of my planes was late. I thought it was good that my layover in Detroit was only an hour, but that means that if your plane is late you don't get on the next one. There was another one in 5 hours but that was full, so I had to wait for the one after that, so I was hanging out in the Detroit airport, half awake, for 10 hours, which was longer than the entire trip was supposed to be. Also, my mom forgot to turn her cell phone on so she got to the airport and I wasn't there and it was a huge disappointment.

I'm staying here for two weeks to help my mom with stuff, but also for a memorial for my grandmother on my dad's side. That was today. I got to see a whole lot of relatives I hadn't seen in years. My grandmother died a few months ago at age 98, which is a long time to live, but I wish she were still around because she was a great person. Everyone talking about how great she was (which of course is standard for this kind of thing, but she was still exceptional) made me regret that I didn't have a chance see her much when I was an adult.

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From:audesapere
Date:September 27th, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear about your grandmother. It's always sad, no matter how old someone is.
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From:mislih
Date:September 28th, 2015 01:44 am (UTC)
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Thanks.

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