Kitty and I are safely at my mom's in Chicago. We had a bit of "good news/bad news" after we arrived. The bad news was that my mom's brother's brother-in-law passed away a couple of days ago. He was a really neat guy. I met him at many family occasions that were held at my aunt and uncle's place. He also was a good friend to my mom and dad. He had been battling Alzheimer's for the past few years and finally succumbed to a stroke. The good news was that there was going to be a wake for him and that I would get to meet all of my cousins, some of whom I haven't seen in a couple of years. It was a great social event. We all talked for a long time. I got to introduce Kitty to those whom she hadn't yet met. It's sad that it takes a sad event to get all of the relatives together. Today was the "funeral," but since he wanted to be cremated, it was just a service. After that we headed over to a big banquet facility where the immediate family had a nice ethnic polish lunch (complete with Polish beer for me!). It was a nice celebration of life.
Tomorrow it's off to Pittsburgh! Maybe a trip to Brookfield Zoo is in order.