Raleigh or Bust!

Posted by Danny
We’ve escaped!  Flew out of Raleigh at 6:55 am on Thursday to spend a long weekend with Lisa and Jesse’s sister and her family in Boston.  Finally, we get to meet Kinsey – the new addition to the family (remember who’s the Godfather!?).

This summer, Sallie, Matt, Sam and Kinsey are moving to Raleigh!  Sallie has accepted a job with Duke and Matt is seeking employment in the Raleigh area (he is gainfully employed in Boston – head of marketing and communications for a large national nonprofit – if anyone out there needs him, I can forward his resume in a matter of seconds).  We can’t get them down here soon enough.

I thought I’d share the top ten things that I believe Matt and Sallie are going to love about Raleigh:

10.  Not as much snirt (snow mixed with dirt).

9.  We throw our empty bottles of liquor in the recycle bin.

8.  No Maritime museums where you have to look at Uncle Jesse in too small dress-up clothes.

7.  If you’re a witch, less chance you’ll get burned at the stake.

Site of the Salem Witch Trials (or close)

6.  No toll roads – ahh, well maybe we shouldn’t really count that one (North Carolina Turnpike Authority – ooops!).

 5.  We don’t have these.

I'm not sure what this is and I'm not 100% comfortable sleeping in the same town with it tonight.

4.  No need for locks on your hub caps – seriously, they just bought a new minivan and opted for the hub cap locks (we do not have hub cap locks in NC).

3.  I think there may be a Fatima’s franchise in Wake County.

Fatima's Psychic Studio

2.  Warmer climate; no need for a hat like this.

DJ's cheer pom poms weren't that big

And the number one reason Matt and Sallie are going to love Raleigh:

1.  They may be sited in this blog more often!

The Godfather

Posted by Danny

Lisa’s sister Sallie had a baby on Tuesday.  Her name is Elisabeth Kinsey.  How fitting.  When her husband, Matt, sent me a text with her picture, I was pumping gas.  Tears filled my eyes.  A man on the other side of the pumped glanced my way.  I felt I owed him an explanation – I’m sure he was thinking, “Why is this dude crying at the gas station?”

“The prices just keep going up,” I mumbled.

Matt called, “Did you see the picture?”

“Yep.  She’s beautiful!  Dark hair just like Lisa.”

She's more like Curie than Hilton.

I respect and love my sister-in law-immensely.  She is a mix between Marie Curie and Paris Hilton (not the really  bad parts of Hilton) – Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins and an M.D. from Harvard; jet set, shopper, on occasion a bit ditzy.  Sallie has a plan, a plan for life.  She planned her education, when she would get married, what her career would be and where, and pretty much when she’d have her kids.  Uncle Jesse and Matt’s sister, Terri, are the godparents for her son Sam.  Her plan was to ask Lisa and me to be Kinsey’s godparents.  That plan did not work out.

At Thanksgiving, Sallie and her husband Matt were heading to Wal-Mart and asked DJ and me if we wanted to go.  We agreed.  When we got back to the mountain house, Sallie said, “We have something we want to ask you. ”

I thought she was going to ask if Jesse wanted the NBA Jam Wii game for Christmas.  Instead she asked:

“We’d like you two to be Kinsey’s godparents.”

Another time that I was overcome with emotion.  Not only would this child have Lisa’s name, but she would also have DJ as her “fill in” godmother.  I’m not sure DJ understands the significance here.  It’s a really neat honor.

I am a godparent to one other kid.  I have to admit that I’ve fallen down on the job.  I did go to the christening.  That was it and she’s eleven years old now.

For Kinsey, I’m going to step it up.  Noisy presents on all her birthdays, inappropriate stories about her parents when she’s a teenager; candy, candy, candy.  And, I’m going to  love the heck out of her – just like I do with my girls!

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