Laurie and I were tour guides today as we welcomed her friend Jean-Luc into town and introduced him to our trail route along the Lake Bemidji waterfront.
As weather goes, it was rather unpleasant – but we had good company! And some nice conversations, even if one of us always seemed to be misunderstanding another.
Our trek began downtown and, then, as we reached Paul and Babe, Laurie had to ask Jean-Luc for a favor:
Yep, Laurie has shoe-tying difficulties.
Laurie: "It’s not that I can’t tie my shoes. It’s just that I don’t…"
Me: "Tie them correctly?"
She apparently ties her shoes in an unconventional manner. It usually doesn’t matter, but her walking shoes are especially finicky and often come untied. (I tied her shoes about two weeks ago and she said they stayed tied for weeks, so I must tie shoes in the "right" way. ***See me smile oh-so-proudly.***)
Anyhow, we took Jean-Luc along the trail and showed him all sorts of notable sights.
Starting with the location of where Laurie so infamously "lost" her keys a few weeks ago:
Then Laurie explained the difference between our two wall routes. Laurie prefers the "downstairs" location, where she can just sidestep the stone wall without hopping the wall:
She does not like the "upstairs" site where we hope over the wall:
Jean-Luc didn’t find traversing the wall very difficult at all. In fact, he said he could get over the wall by "zero-stepping" it, which I took to mean hurdling. But the ground was rather damp today and we didn’t really challenge him to prove it. Maybe next time…
We had lots of conversations today! Laurie knows each my and Jean-Luc pretty well, but Jean-Luc and I have only met a few times. So we had a nice time.
At one point Laurie remarked that there is a lot of trash on the ground and that we should start bringing a garbage bag to pick it up.
Me: "Yeah, that’s what I want to do. I already pick up after the kid and the husband. I want to pick up after other people, too."
To which Jean-Luc recalled a story about a family he knows. The children and husband were making their real-life family into a computerized version on a SIMS game. The husband asked the wife why she wasn’t taking part.
Jean-Luc, offering the wife’s response: "I am already doing that in real life."
We eventually made our way to Diamond Point Park.
I got this picture of Laurie and Jean-Luc. And, I have to say, I absolutely love this shot.
Interestingly, there are two points, though, that I should add about the binoculars.
First, I wondered whether the designers planned it so that they directly faced the Bemidji Regional Event Center on the opposite shore (before realizing that Diamond Point was finished before the south shore location of the BREC was chosen, if I remember correctly).
And, secondly, that Jean-Luc looked in the right end of the binoculars on his first try (unlike Laurie who once couldn’t figure out why nothing looked any bigger when she looked in them! … Then I turned them around and they "worked"!)
The answer from yesterday, as Sarah correctly answered, is St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Nice job!