Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Maureen and Kathy

Before I finish all my terrific Toronto tales and other vacation stories, I'm going to take a few days off to write my 500th post (woo-hoo!)

But before I do that, I'd like to give a shout out to Kathy, for taking the initiative and time to drive all way up to Toronto to meet with me - AND to Maureen for taking the detour to meet up with me last Sunday as well.

Let's start with...


I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Maureen, her husband and lovely daughter here in St. Cloud on Sunday as they were passing through town on their way from Winnipeg to Minneapolis for a vacation. Instead of just barreling past town on the interstate at 70 mph, Maureen was kind enough to take the exit and meet me, Charli and Roseanna at a local burger joint for lunch.

She and her family are extremely nice people and Maureen and I hit it off like old childhood friends. And, as if taking the extra time to stop by wasn't nice enough, she also brought me delicious Canadian candy treats and made me a super sweet card. Thank you!!!

Thanks Maureen, Herbert and Heather. You guys rock and are welcome here ANY time you're passing through town.

Here we are at the delicious Five Guys Burgers and Fries joint having... well - burgers and fries!

Left to right: Heather, Hubert, Maureen, me, Roseanna

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I could easily write 10 posts about the awesome time we had with Kathy, Ann and Regan in Toronto. These three ladies are charming, gracious and a total blast to hang out with, and if you ever get the chance to meet them... take it!

Kathy is exactly like you'd expect her to be based on her writing: funny, charming, and yes - even bumbling. But in that adorable way you think she is.

Suffice it to say that our adventures in trying to: figure out which streetcar to ride, buy our tickets for The Ex, find something to drink, find allergy relief for my daughter, and hail a cab were all highly entertaining events. At least to us.

Regan and Rosie!

But to me the funniest transaction that took place the whole day was the process of simply trying to meet for the first time. In what could only be described as the most pathetic attempt at communication since Abbot and Costello's Who's On First routine, Kathy and I mangled what should have been a pretty straight-forward mission... MEET FOR DINNER.

Click the "Read More..." link below if you want to read the transcript of our texts, voice mails and phone conversations from that very attempt. But be warned - this might be a little hard to follow. However, it will be hysterical to Kathy, Ann, Regan and me - and that's what really matters.

Kathy (2:58) text - during the drive into Toronto: We are starving now. we are close but hitting some traffic. Should we eat light now then meet later tonight? Don't know what to do.

Jeff (3:00) text: Sounds good. We are starting a castle tour now. We can hook up after that for whatever.
(at this point I assume my "sounds good" confirms that Kathy should eat now and will not join us for dinner)

J (3:47) text: So we will eat now too. Maybe after CN tower we can grab dessert?
(my confirmation that we are indeed going to eat dinner separately and we'll just have dessert with them later instead)

K (3:49) text: We are here. What time should we meet at the CN tower?
(I assume Kathy has already eaten and wants to meet at the tower after my kids and I have eaten)

J (3:56) text: If we eat now we will need some time. Is 6 too late or do you want to do something sooner?

K (4:03) text: Can you try for 5:30? We will go there by then and hang out.
(I'm thinking she's asking if we can finish up our dinner sooner than 6:00, but Kathy is really trying to tell me she wants to join us for dinner earlier than 6:00 because she's starving)

J (4:10) text: Sounds good!
(...that I'll do my best to wrap up dinner by 5:30 so I can meet you after that)

K (4:11) text: Yea!
(...we're going to eat with Jeff at 5:30!)

K (4:41) voice mail to me: "Hey Jeff, it's Kathy. We're here. I don't know where to tell you to meet us except maybe, there's this like cement up-ramp in the area of the tour, where the tour people come out? I don't know if that's helpful. And it's close to the bridge that goes over the railroad tracks here so we'll keep looking for you."
(Kathy declines to tell me that she has actually left her cell phone at her hotel and is now using her sister's phone)

J (5:00) voice mail to Kathy's phone: "Hey Kathy. We've been running into a lot of delays so we just ordered our food. We may be a little late. We're just a few blocks away from the CN tower at Wally McGoos. You're welcome to join us if you want. See you as soon as we can."
(I leave this on Kathy's voice mail, which of course she doesn't have with her)

(5:45) Ann calls me just as we're finishing up dinner: "Jeff where ARE you guys?!"


JD at I Do Things said...

It was hilarious to me, too, and, I suspect, will be to others.

Very nice account of your time with two very cool blogging ladies!

JD at I Do Things

Kathy said...

Oh, how wonderful you met Maureen and her handsome family! But that Kathy? What a moron.

Anonymous said...

I like you Kathy, but consider a GPS.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

jd - Even though it's funny in a "you had to be there" kind of way, I still wanted to share it because most of my friends here know Kathy as well.

kathy - Ha... far from it! You're just a normal person who does normal things like the rest of us. Only sometimes your things are funnier.

bill - Kathy actually had a GPS with her, but for some dumb reason it didn't work in Canada. I still haven't had the chance to ask her about that one.

Anonymous said...

We were all 'Just look for a group of 4 people!!!!!'

We should of just paid one of those guys who flies around in an airplane with a banner tied to the end. They could say 'LET'S MEET AT THE CN TOWER. WE WILL THEN HAVE DINNER. DO NOT EAT BEFORE THIS.'

That would of been easy =)

Elizabeth said...

That's too funny! I take it you guys did finally meet up and have dessert?
Oh, and I wanted to ask what you thought of the CN Tower?

MYM said...

hahaha! Abbot & Costello indeed.

You don't have coffee crisps in the States? I know you don't have Smarties ... that's like a crime or something.

Babs (Beetle) said...

Ha ha! That was very funny, even though I wasn't there! I saw it quite clearly in my mind :O)

Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny that our children are going to grow up thinking it's normal to get together with bloggers whom we have only interacted with in a virtual world?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

regan - Your plane idea is hysterical. I even told my wife how funny I thought that was.

elizabeth - Sort of. Somebody ordered a chocolate crepe at the CN Tower and then we all kind of grazed on various things at The Ex. (btw, thanks for clarifying my typo!)

drowsey - HA! Maureen ALSO gave me two boxes of Smarties. I just didn't mention it! LOL!

babs - Well then, my attempt to diagram the conversation must have worked!

jennine- No kidding. And isn't it funny how you already feel like you know the person beforehand too? For instance, I just knew you weren't an ax murderer - and I was right! (I hope)

Michelle said...

But hey... at least you did eventually find her.

Now a question about the first meeting. A friend of mine does real estate for Five Guys and has mentioned it, but oddly we have none by us. How is it? I'm intrigued but I don't quite get the full concept (really, just burger and fries?).

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

michelle - It's all about the quality with them. They make their burgers individually from fresh hamburger on the spot and their fries right from fresh potatoes. In fact, the potato boxes are stacked all around the restaurant. Then, they also offer like 12 different burger toppings at no extra charge. Their portions are huge and the food is excellent. AND, the price is VERY reasonable. They also sell hot dogs but I don't think very many people buy them.

Roger Miller said...

Sounds like a lot of fun... I need to get out more and meet some new people some time.

Great memories, for sure.

Heather said...

Miscommunication. I'm quite good at it too.

Anonymous said...

Lois and I have been to Winnipeg a number of times to catch Folk-A-Rama. Maureen can tell you about this vacation idea. Each nationality puts on shows and exhibits around that beautiful city each year. Bloggers might want to check this event out, and be sure not to miss the parks and zoo.

cathouse teri said...

Oh that's funny!

We have a hamburger joint out in California (and I believe one in Vegas) called In-N-Out Burger. Sounds similar to your Five Guys. SCRUMPTIOUS burgers! I miss them soooooooooo much!

We have smarties here. The kids always get them in halloween stuff. Do they just mysteriously appear only at halloween?

Anonymous said...

I think meeting up with other bloggers is always an adventure. When will we see the screen version though....it's probably in the works.

Ed said...

Meet other bloggers huh? I'll have to try that some time...

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

roger - Bloggers are great people to meet. You really should try to hook up sometime.

heather - I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by that.

bill - Sounds like fun. We plan on visiting Winnipeg soon!

teri - No no no! The Canadian Smarties are DIFFERENT than the kind we know. Theirs are just like plain M&Ms except the candy coating is a little harder. Kind of a more chocolaty Reese's Pieces. Yummy!

carlaE - Just read the screen on your computer. That's the only version I know about at this time.

ve - Yes VE, you can't live in the closet forever.

cathouse teri said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh! Well I think I'll have to get me some of them!

Maureen said...

Wow! Let's see if I know how to do this "blogging" and "commenting" thing again... after 10 days away from the blogosphere, I am a tad rusty.

Aw, thank you Jeff, it was so great meeting you and your wonderful family! Thank YOU for taking time out of your life to meet us and introduce us to THE BEST hamburgers... hubby is so craving them now.

You guys are the best, we had such a wonderful time, I wish we could have spent all day with you, and not just those two short hours. And speaking of short, man... I never had to stretch up on my tippy toes to hug anyone in my life before!! (Yes, folks, he IS tall!)

Remember we are not far away, and you all are always be welcome up here in Winnipeg.