July 1, 2001
For the last two days, people have been asking me when I was going to leave because they wanted my spot for Canada Day. I left early.
I learned a lot today:
(1) Always consult the map before you venture out. I went the wrong way up a one way street in Sault Saint Marie. There was a lot of yelling and gnashing of teeth. Luckily, I had my windows rolled up.
(2) Joni Mitchell wrote “Both Sides Now” when she was young and, according to my radio, will be performing it today at age 57. Win, lose. Up, down. Young, old. I hear ya, Girl. I still don’t understand all of it either.
(3) Listened to a great story on NPR about a guy who discovered a seedling growing in a dirty crevice in his car. He became obsessed with it. He gave it water during his lunch break, kept the windows open when it was hot, and parked in certain spots for maximum sun exposure. In the middle of the night, he would go out and start the engine and the heater if there was danger of frost. He finally was able to transplant it into his backyard. It grew to be some sort of Japanese tree. He had no idea where it came from. I laughed so hard listening to this crazy story that I got looks from passing motorists who I’m sure thought I was a little nuts.
(4) I need to smile more. The guy at the toll booth told me I had a beautiful smile. Woo,woo! This old girl ain’t dead yet!