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August 10, 2005

Columbia, South Carolina 

Once again Lee and I had the opportunity to host a daughter of Hubert & Susanna Tinneny at our home.  It was an absolute delight to have Emma with us and our family from July 26th - August 1st.  We had a great time and trust that she did.   

The week was action packed beginning the evening of her arrival when our son Matt and his wife Jennifer hosted a beer chicken bar b que at their home in Elgin South Carolina.  When asked prior to her visit what she would like to eat and drink Emma responded that she had heard from Kitty about Matt’s “Beer Chicken” bar b q – so that’s what we did.  It was a grand evening and she got to meet Christopher as well as eat beer chicken.  The highlight of the evening was when she  fired Matthews 50 caliber rifle which I had helped him to make when he was in high school.  She really got a “kick” out of it. 

The next day Wednesday I drove  to Charleston where we visited the city from 8:00a.m. til 3:30 - on foot.  It happened to be the hottest day so far this year.  The temperature was 41 degrees celsius.  100 degrees our temp and about a 110 degree heat index.  We saw old revolutionary period homes and gardens, museums and the battery where the civil war in America was started.  We had a nice lunch in a British pub (it was air conditioned and had Guinness). We then headed on foot to catch the ferry to take us to Fort Sumter at about 3:30p.m. but the heat was really affecting us and Emma said that we should save that till the next time she is here.  So we walked back to the Charleston Visitors Center where we watched a movie relating to the history of Charleston as told by a storyteller – in the air conditioning.  Then we drove to the old Magnolia cemetery and headed home to a big roast beef dinner and fancy desert. 

On Thursday we took her shopping to Fort Jackson and she was astounded at the inexpensive prices.  We then headed to a big Wal-Mart store where there was a lot of looking and a bit more shopping.

                    

Then Lee took Emma to Michael’s, which is a craft store, where they bought some fuzzy looking yarn to knit scarves and boas with. 

Lee made a fantastic Mexican meal.  That night Matt took Emma downtown to 5 points where all the college crowd go. They went to a place called Yesterdays where they had a great evening by all accounts and where she was introduced to a number of drinks she had never been exposed to.  Matt was the designated driver so he had none and was fit to then take her on a tour of Columbia by night.  They visited the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina and many other sites in the city.  Got home late and slept in the next morning. 

Friday another run to the stores on the part of Lee and Emma.  That night we had dinner with the Duggans and the Wisharts at Little Pigs Restaurant and we all pigged out on Bar-B-Q.  We all then went to our house for fancy deserts that Lee had baked and made.  We all talked of Duggan family history and of Eli’s connection to Newtownbutler.  The Wisharts and Duggans really enjoyed meeting Emma and the evening’s conversation. 

Saturday Matt and his family and Pat and his family came to the house and we had a big bar B Q (hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings and again – much fancy desert with a store bought birthday cake and all.  Followed by another great night of conversation and a couple of drops of the 1.5 liter bottle of Bushmills I had picked up for the visitor.  Was a late night – and fun. 

Sunday Emma rested and slept in.  That afternoon Matt came and we cooked a Beaufort stew consisting of pounds of  shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes all cooked in a big pot with special South Carolina seasoning (a Charleston tradition.).  What a feast - and along with it of course more of Lee’s deserts. 

Monday August 1 we had another big breakfast and the Emma finished packing and played a bit with Chris before I drove her back to the Charlotte North Carolina Airport for her flight home.     

We think our mission to spoil Emma was successful since she  gained 5 pounds.

Rich & Lee Tinneny

 

 

 

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