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Subj: Bay City, Michigan
Date: 10/3/02 9:40:55 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From:    kbwalk@mymailstation.com (kbwalk)

Howdy Everyone!
  I had a great time staying at the funeral home!  Warren & Sandy were 2 of the nicest people I've ever met.  His business motto is "We're the last place you want to come to."  (Oh great!)  He's been in the funeral business for 40 yrs, and she teaches french.  And no, I didn't hear any bumps in the night, nor did I sleep in a soft, cushy box.  Warren gave me a tour of the place and showed me the 2 chapels, plus the room with many coffins for sale, and even showed me where they do the embalming and cosmetics.  In fact, I stayed another night, and kept very busy that 2nd day.  
  In the morning I spoke to 7th & 8th graders, at noon I spoke at a Rotary meeting, in the afternoon I spoke to high-school classes, and that evening I spoke at a Lions meeting.  The Lions and Rotarians each made a donation to the Epilepsy Foundation, so that worked out great.
  After that I walked to Bay City.  The weather is still fairly warm yet -- 75ish -- but it's due to cool off soon.  I've been walking through a lot of rural farm area lately.  The fields of corn and beans are being harvested, and I see many fruit stands as I walk along.  Just yesterday I saw stands with many pumpkins, gourds, apples and potatoes for sale.  
  I've noticed quite a difference in the road-kill I've been seeing lately. Besides the usual possums, raccoons and skunks that I see daily, Ive also seen a LOT of dead frogs and numerous turtles on the road.  Plus I've seen many monarch butterflys, and the fuzzy caterpillars and also the not-so-fuzzy caterpillars on the road. (Sorry, but entomology is not my strong point.)  In some places, there were so many dead frogs that I had to watch where I was stepping.  I wonder what that was all about?
  When I was at Harbor Beach and attended a Rotary meeting there, that group contacted the owner of the funeral home (who is also a Rotarian,) and he then contacted the Holiday Inn in Bay City, because the manager there is also a Rotarian.  And because of all that, I get to stay here at the Holiday Inn for free -- what a treat!  On friday I'll be walking to Midland, about 10 miles away.  There I will be staying with the daughter of some people that I stayed with in Maine (it's a small world, isn't it?)  
  Meanwhile, there was an article about me in the paper yesterday, and it said I'd be staying here at the Holiday Inn.  Last night a gentleman came to the lobby and asked to visit with me.  Their 5 yr old daughter is having seizures, and they're in the process of running a bunch of tests on her, and it appears that she is a candidate for brain surgery.  The parents are nervous about that, and they were thrilled to see my article in the paper and wondered if we could get together tonight.  I said sure, so this evening I'll be meeting with the whole family.
  Y'all take care and have a great day!  KB

I need to order 10 more t-shirts for myself with my "Walking For Epilepsy" logo on it, and thought I'd offer it to you, too.  The money raised by these shirts will be used to help fund the last part of this journey.  Thanks!

    T-SHIRTS  FOR SALE!!!

  "WALKING FOR EPILEPSY"

                M - XXL

$15.00 COVERS SHIRT AND POSTAGE

      ORDER BY OCT 31, 2002

          MAIL CHECKS TO:

               Karla Brown
               PO Box 272
       Galva KS  67443

Contact me at: kbwalk@mymailstation.com




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