Day 33: Saturday, July 3rd, 2021

It’s funny how you have no clue who will come across your path in life, or who was deliberately placed there without your say so. Such was a girl named Amy Turany in my life…we are in each other’s baby books, defined as “first friend” and also neighbors in childhood.  Our friendship would ebb and flow through out our school years at St. Mary’s, Junior High and then High School. We were always in the plays and choir together, but we always swam with other schools of friends.  I guess that’s what I loved about our friendship, we had this underlying love for each other, a feel of family, that was just “there” so that no matter who and what we were doing, we seemed to always remain friends.  So to be here, on this day, 47 years old and hanging out all day in Minneapolis together…it makes me so happy and proud that we kept this friendship alive.

Amy picked me up for lunch, in her sexy, blue truck…(it’s her son’s) and we headed to “Betty Dangers” which is this amazing, funky restaurant in Minneapolis. Before leaving my hotel, I gave her a present that I saw and KNEW she must have it from me. Amy and I used to spend HOURS playing with our Strawberry Shortcake dolls, so when I saw that they were selling them again in their original boxes from the 1980s, I KNEW I had to get her one! She LOVED IT and I was so happy she was so happy- made me feel incredible to relive the memory with her. The best!

We found a table at “Betty Dangers” I believe around 1 p.m. and we didn’t leave until well after 4 p.m.  This is what we do…we talk. About EVERYTHING. Funny how it’s the ones you don’t get to see much, that you can trust so much because there is this amazing feeling you have of connecting with the person once again. Amy and I have always been able to pick up from right where we left off, and it was nice to be able to even HAVE the moment after the hellish year we had both been through. We ordered chicken sandwiches, with yummy fries from France, and of course, caffeine for all the talking we would do.  We had a great time, and after Walter pics, which Amy LOVED, we headed to see some other sites.

The next stop was for smoothies, which we couldn’t get enough of…they were sooooo good!  Amy was gracious then enough to take me to where George Floyd was murdered, to see the area that has grown into this amazing and beautiful memorial. I paid my respects and took in everything in the area…to be where he died, in that spot, the sidewalk where it was filmed, my heart broke. It is one thing to see it on TV, but a whole other thing to see it before you. I appreciate Amy taking me to it, upon my request, as I really just wanted to connect with the entire situation on a different level. It was raw, it was real, Black Lives Matter.

The rest of the evening was spent at the Sculpture Park in downtown Minneapolis. Now, as Amy and I walked around, we caught on to a “theme” for them all, and I am just going to leave it at that.  To say we were in stitches from laughing at the obvious was an understatement… someone clearly needed to get some. We got Walter out and took some of the funniest pics yet of him…I told Amy to throw him in the air for the hell of it, and the pics are hilarious!!  We then chatted at a picnic table until dark…just the most amazing day with one of my favorite people on the planet.  Love you Amy, thanks for being my forever friend, see you at the Reunion next summer!  Everyone else, see you tomorrow- it’s a driving day to South Dakota.

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