Over the Memorial Day weekend I was in northern Michigan for the dedication of a Memorial Monument at Washington Park in Cheboygan, MI. The Memorial is in memory of all local citizens who have given their lives in OEF and OIF. SFC Matthew Blaskowski's name is etched on that monument.
While I was in Michigan I had the absolute pleasure of staying with the Blaskowskis. WHAT A TREAT!
As I pulled up to their house
Cheryl, her sister Celeste and their cousin Carol brought the limo around
It was a very stressful visit. We spent a LOT of time doing this:
And this (eating):
Brisket & ribs - smoked right!
There were bears EVERYWHERE and this one almost got me!
Cheryl Blaskowski actually killed this bear. Eh...she used a gun (not her bare hands) that she picked up when she threw down her cheese sandwich. WHAT A TREAT for that mouse.
I got a little Ranger training in on the beach in the shadow of the Mackinac bridge. Some of you may remember my Ranger training photo from when I was in Italy back in January.
I got a part time job packing fudge at a local shop. Didn't last long. They said I was eating too many samples.
Cheryl was my first, *sigh*, and last customer before I was let go.
My best Vanna White impersonation
Later that day I tried my hand at bar tending. MUCH more fun to be on the OTHER side of the bar doing shots! Once again the job was short lived. Gotta love a boss who doesn't understand "quality control".
Just a fabulous time with FANTASTIC folks. WHAT A TREAT!