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SALEM, ILLINOIS  1-15-02

Howdy Everyone!
It's happening again. When I was walking across California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado, every day several people would stop and offer me a ride, or ask me where my car broke down at. But when I was walking through Kansas & Missouri, it was a rare day indeed to have one vehicle stop and check on me. In fact, I can only think of a couple incidents all the way across KS & MO. Now I've crossed over into Illinois, and this last week around 5-10 people have stopped every day. That's encouraging. It's nice to know people are concerned. Today I walked from Carlyle to Salem. The Mayor of Carlyle hauled my cart to Sandoval, where I was planning on staying today, but it was only 1pm when I arrived there, so I figured I could do 8 more miles to Salem. My cart was at the City Hall in Sandoval, and the people there were so nice. They were impressed with my walk and said they'd haul my cart to Salem whenever I decided if I was staying or continuing on. I decided to press on, since it was early in the day. I've got 2 mean-looking blisters on my left foot and that's really bugging me. It's been awhile since I've had any blisters, and I'll be very happy if it's quite awhile longer before I get any more. The Chamber of Commerce in Salem worked out a deal with Super 8 Motel to give me 1 night free and then $25 a night after that. This coming Saturday there's going to be a Health Fair in Olney, IL. The Chamber in Olney has worked it out that Friday evening someone will pick me up and drive me 50 miles east to Olney so I can participate in the Health Fair there. They are comping me a booth and I'll display my map, flip-chart and flyers, plus the Epilepsy Foundation offices in Kansas City and St Louis have mailed numerous brochures and info to the Olney Chamber of Commerce for me to use. It'll be a lot of fun! Then Saturday evening someone will drive me back to Salem, where I'll spend the wkend and head out on Monday. Now I know what I'm going to say next will be rude & crude, but y'know what? My birthday is coming up. On Feb 7th I'll be 39. Here are some great ideas on what you can get me: 1. A Wal-Mart gift certificate 2. $5.00 gift certificates from McDonalds, Wendys, KFC, etc. 3. 35mm film, 200 or 400 4. Postage stamps
5. Phone cards Please mail it to this address so that it's there by Feb 4th: Karla Brown General Delivery Brownstown IN 47220 Thanks a lot for your help! Have a great weekend! KB

 

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