John got a call the day before the Superbowl from his coworker, Steve, saying he had an extra ticket to the game and inviting him to go. John was surprised, since he barely ever talked to Steve, but hey, it’s the Superbowl, so he said yes.

The next day they’re at the game, right on the fifty yard line, and John yells out, “Who was crazy enough to give up this ticket?”

Steve said, “Actually, my wife was supposed to be here with me, but she passed recently.”

John felt like an idiot, apologized, and said, “Don’t you have any family members you could have invited.”

Steve shook his head. “They’re all at the funeral.”


Breathtaking scenery of Grafton Illinois

We went to Aerie’s Winery in Grafton Illinois yesterday for dinner with some friends.  It was brisk but sunny when we got there.  It was crowded so we ended up eating inside in the upstairs part of the building.

The ride along the Great River Road from Alton to Grafton was beautiful.

Aerie’s Winery sits atop a bluff overlooking the Illinois River which flows into the Mississippi River a few miles to the South (left in this picture).

There is a great view from the patio area.