My wife, son, and I are safely home in South Dakota for the next week.  The 15 hour drive went well.  The weather cooperated.   A bit cloudy, but the moment we hit the SD state line (I’m totally not kidding on this), it was a beautiful, clear blue sky.

It is gorgeous . . . . about 80 degrees with a slight breeze; perfect weather.  My wife is with her family, I am with mine.  My son is in the living room playing with a singing chipmunk and watching Dora the Explorer with grandma.  And the Godfathers Pizza is on the way.  Life . . . . is good! 



9 thoughts on “HOME!

  1. Michael says:

    Glad you made it! Only 80?!?!? I’m so jealous!

    Although I thought in never stopped snowing in SD. That and everyone (1) plays hockey, (2) ice fishes, and (of course) (3) loves WWE.

  2. John Anderson says:

    Fair assumptions to make!

    I am actually struck by the questions I get from people. No one seems to be aware that it is warm here too. Terribly warm. We get the extremes—very hot and very cold.

    I do recall one time, however, having someone ask me, “now South Dakota, which ocean is that closer to? It’s up by New York, right?” No, buddy, we’re a little more in the middle of the country. Wow.

  3. Roy "Eli" Garton says:

    “There’s no place like home,” Dorothy! J/k, John. 🙂 Seriously, though, glad to hear that you not only made it home safely, but that you’re having a great time. Enjoy the week, my friend!

    • John Anderson says:

      Roy: You’re right, there is no place like home. I would give up a lot . . . . a lot . . . . to be close to home. Taryn and Evan, and our families, have given up a lot for me to do what I want to do with schooling. True, I desperately want to be close to home too, but I would give up a lot to do so. As long as I’m still a Hebrew Bible prof, of course! Still need to eat!

      Brian: No, I’m not missing it at all! And I’m very much not looking forward to getting back and walking into my house. Talk about getting slapped in the face by heat!

      Rob: Thanks! Let me give you a typical day: we wake up and peek out of the flap of our teepee. We spend the next few hours hunting buffalo for lunch, then do the same for supper. If we need to go somewhere we take covered wagons pulled by horses. You know, everyday stuff.

      Actually, what I describe here is very much unfortunate stereotypes I’ve had people share with me that they hold about South Dakota. Very odd to me.

      So far we’ve gone to church, went and seen my grandpa’s new Harley, watched some movies (my dad has gotten me hooked on a new show called “Operation Repo” on truTV, check it out!). Tomorrow we’re going to Sioux Falls, the biggest city in the state (population about 240,000) to do some shopping. I’m also going to walk my old undergrad campus and meet with one of my profs for some catching up and networking. After that I think we’re going to a casino. Last time I was at this casino about 5-6 years ago I won $200 on the nickel slot machines. Here’s hoping luck strikes again! My son is also having a joint birthday party later this week with his cousin.

      That’s a bit of what we’ve done in THE Dakota (seriously, North Dakota . . . . ).

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