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Friday, February 25, 2011

Boring dad, Judgment Day, PBSKIDS and Genealogy in St. Charles

Wide-screen TV shot of a hungry Ruff Ruffman being naughty ©2011 PBS
I'm a man of little time and even less money (This is the price I must pay as a member of a hungry, endangered species in America known as Photo Retoucher) However, I don't need to be a man of boredom.

So I decided that if I'm going to hang out with genealogists at the DuPage County Genealogical Society's annual conference and hawk my photo restoration services and products, why not make a family vacation of it?

I truly believe that if I'm doing something in which my family cannot participate, I probably shouldn't be doing it.

As my children are probably not going to stop getting older—and may eventually find traveling with me uncool—I made sure we paid a visit to the tollway oasis. Having never been in a building over the highway, I knew this would be a special treat. The gumball machines were very tempting.

Fossil fuel fanfare from the I-294 Oasis

No sooner than we could indulge our indispensable cash stash on giant pretzels, gumball machine treats or souvenirs, we were deterred by an ominous billboard:
Not sure anyone wants to go to a forum to be judged on May 21!

Low-fat, High-yum
Thanks to Mr. Hilton, we have an indoor pool, a clean, dignified conference hotel room equipped with microwave oven, refrigerator and a very wide television screen with our favorite PBS cartoon character Ruff Ruffman. We packed plenty of food too—can my wife ever get a break?

While dad is working the vending area, mom and the children have a pool, 2 backpacks of toys, magazines and all kinds of places to visit around town. Although I won't be able to enjoy all of it with them, it's good to know they will have fond memories of our business trips.

Salt-covered compass marker at the 294 Oasis
Whatever direction I'm headed, it doesn't need to be boring and it certainly will include my family.

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