written by guest blogger Tom, Jill’s uncle
I’m Jill’s uncle. My wife and I live in Oregon on a hazelnut farm. When Jill and Matt invited us to visit them during their year away from Seattle, we were honored. Even though the price of gasoline had gotten pretty high and Pullman, Washington was a full day’s drive from our farm, we thought, why not? It can’t be more boring than waiting for the leaves to fall.
The Four Square Church folks are really sweet, and they let Jill use the old theater prop department down in the basement for her blog anytime she wants. Right away, Tom and Ray were excited to give us a tour of the place, “Wait ’til you see the Moon Room!” Turns out this is where NASA filmed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they “landed” on the moon in 1969. With a resource like The Cordova, Matt and Jill figured Pullman would be the perfect place to spend their year in “Perugia”.
Good old apartment #25. Heidi and I are renting their Bonus Room/Laundry Closet for the next three weeks which is a win-win because face it, there’s no money in farming, and Matt and Jill are unemployed for at least a year.
After an Italian breakfast last Sunday, I went with Jill to the basement of the Cordova to watch her work on her blog. She is amazing. Her camera skills are only matched by the rabbits she pulls out of hats with Photoshop. Look at what she did with the picture I took of her family in downtown Pullman.
Get a load of that caption! It’s sounds so Italian it hurts. It’s pure misdirection, like a good card trick. You see the photo, you read that text and “fish on,” you’re hooked.
I’m just so proud to be Jill’s uncle, and I’m especially proud that she included me in her trip to Italy. Here are the two of us at the Colosseum:
Thank you so much Matt, Jill, Tom and Ray for being the best neighbors in the world. After the cops left.