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Good luck Lynnie on your new adventure
December 4, 2012 - Terri Castelaz
This blog is dedicated to one of my best friends, Lynn, who will be moving to Florida next week.
Well Lynnie, where do I begin?
First and most of all, I want to wish you all the best on your new life there. A new adventure, I would call it. Starting a new career whatever that may be, meeting new people and making new friends, and of course, all important being with your family, especially that cute great-niece of yours. Just a little note to her mother: Erin, I think your aunt will be spoiling her even more, but I’m sure you already know that.
I know this is not the end of a friendship, but just that thought of the distance is kind of weird.
Our friendship began at such a young age I can’t even remember. Probably kindergarten. But I know you can remember because you have that kind of memory.
But what I can remember is a lot of fun we have had over the years. Many, many great memories and exciting stories.
Just to jog your memory, I will remind you of a few. Well, I will call it most memorable.
I’ll start with elementary/middle school. Do you recall a certain teacher locking you in the classroom’s closet? Well I do. Or how about the time one teacher slid your desk to the back of the room because you got caught passing notes in class. (Can still picture it perfectly, even with my bad memory.)
Some of the best times were sleepovers. Calling Little Caesars for delivery at midnight and watching Freddy Krueger movies (classics).
Do you remember some of the shenanigans we did? One that comes to mind first was you calling a “not so nice” lady and you told her “my mom isn’t taking your mom to bingo anymore.” Sorry don’t hit me. Let’s move on to high school years. Recalling the night you were in “New York” with Tina Turner and Bruce Springsteen, makes me laugh every time. Better yet when you had to go home and tell your mom you needed new glass (that’s all I will say about that one).
Those were some darn good Tom Collins I used to make wouldn’t you agree? Our friends were very bad influences on us. “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”
Moving on to our “adulthood.” Probably some of the “top” stories, include our overnight trips to watch our Chicago Bears. And I know you will agree 100 percent. I really can’t decide which one was the best because they were all great.
The night at the Paper Valley in Appleton, and ending up going out all night with some of the employees of the hotel. You can’t call that non-memorable. Oh and making several trips to the bathroom just to get a glimpse of a Bears player in the conference room.
Or how about the trip to Manitowoc, where the Bears just happen to be staying — just our amazing luck this was happening to us again. And can you believe we just happen to somehow end up “lost” on the same floor their rooms were located. Got one word for you Lynn... “Steeeeeeeeeev.” Which is still said very often in the news office.
And down to our most recent, and hopefully not our last, trip to Chicago. I know you wanted to kill me after the trek down Michigan Avenue, but remember you were the one that decided to bring brand new shoes to walk around Chicago in. Also sitting by those two crazy Bear fans from New Jersey made that game one of the “fun-est” we have been to.
I know one thing I will have to update my cell phone plan so you can keep me posted on those games not on TV.
I think I made my point, we have a lot of memories together. You’re an amazing person, and friend, and wish you the very best.
Tears are welling up so I will end this before I make a spectacle of myself and blubber all over my keyboard.
P.S. Just make sure you get at least a two bedroom apartment because I will be saving all my pop cans for gas money to come down and visit you. And I’m sure four other friends that will be doing the same. Oh and GO BEARS!
Love you and will miss you.
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