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Had unexpected company tonight! Someone showed up on our doorstep thinking that tonight was the Marc Gunn house concert and was embarrassed and horrified to learn it is scheduled for Feb 5th. But she drove probably 20 or 30 miles or more to get here, so we invited her in. Actually, we forced her in. She was going to turn around and drive right back home, but she was clearly miserable because it was a cold night, she'd sped to get here "on time" and nearly ran out of gas because she misjudged how much it would take, and she was mortified over making such a huge faux pas. So we convinced her to come in for a bit to warm up as long as she didn't say anything about the mess.

You see, we had been working on "organizing" all day in prep for the concert plus Monkeys was prepping for a week in California next week. So basically I had emptied my closet and Monkeys had emptied his closet into the living room to do some deep organizing and tossing and GoodWillDonating to make space to hid the exercise bicycle or unnecessary items out of the guest bedroom. The house was not in shape for company!

Also, our oven timer had gone off just as she knocked on the door. We offered to split dinner with her, which she turned down politely. (I stuck some snacks out on the table figuring she was just being polite - she had commented that she meant to bring food to contribute but didn't have time to stop on the way, so I figured she was probably hungry.)

We ended up watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special (Christmas Carol), and even though it was my third time I still cried. This was the first time she'd ever been over by herself - what a way to break the ice - but I think she had a nice time despite being a bit embarrassed. When she left she repeated the date for the Marc Gunn concert out loud - LOL!

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sarahtoalaska
Jan. 24th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
Awww... that's awesome that she hung out a bit.

We took a hitchhiker down a pawn store to pawn his chain saw. I'm personally not a huge hitchhiker picker-upper, but there were two of us and it was cold. Alaska has hitchhikers I don't mind picking up. Anyway I was glad we picked him up. He needed a hand. He couldn't drive his truck because his tags were old and he didn't have the money to fix them. He was a veteran and was just barely making it.

Made me feel good.
madladyred
Jan. 25th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
You are so brave to pick up a hitchhiker with a chainsaw!! That's right out of a horror movie. I remember as a kid my dad picked up hitchhikers all the time, and I loved that about him. I've often *wanted* to pick up hitchhikers because some of them look so in need of aid, but I'm too afraid of robbers or serial killers. (Too much CSI and Criminal Minds on my end.)

Proud of you!
sarahtoalaska
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
LOL! Well chainsaws are nothing up here. He looked like he might have been on the way to help someone or out to cut some fire wood. He was really well bundled up and was kind of an older guy.

I wouldn't pick anyone up by myself. I'm a girl, I don't wanna die, but with Kenton, sure.

It's interesting because a lot of people hitch up here even during the winter. Kids (20ish) will hitch up to work on the slim lines in summer. (you don't wanna know).. and people pick them up.

I think that's just not something that's normally safe to do anymore. AK is a weird place.

But it made me feel good to help him, but also sad that we risk our lives to do something decent.
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