We parked on the
Once across the border capitalism kicks in. Everyone is trying to sell you something - cab rides, Chiclets, necklaces, donkeys (and donkey shows, God help us), food, drinks, blankets, arts, crafts and probably drugs and sex if you are in the market for such things. I was prepared for the little kids looking sad and hungry, tugging at your shirt sleeve and pushing little knick knacks. I was not ready for the intensity of the guys running the little shops up and down Revolution Avenue.
We didn't stay too long in
Meanwhile, someone from worked spotted me while I was in
We returned to
Thaddeus and I came to discover recently that we had a shared name in our family trees. We spent Sunday night finding out whether this man was indeed the same person. It turns out that Thaddeus's Samuel Marvin and my Samuel Marvin were indeed the same man. Suddenly it became possible that my best friend was also my cousin. I started to enter Thaddeus’s family tree into my genealogy software to see just what sort of cousins we are.
At this point, I should mention something else about family. Some of Thaddeus’s renewed interest in genealogy comes because his family tree contains a number of notables. One of his great grandfathers, Thomas Hinckley, was a governor back in colonial times. The current president of the LDS church, Gordon Hinckley, is from that same family. As it would happen, a newspaper article had reported that Gordon Hinckley is related to both Presidents Bush, therefore Thaddeus is too.
And the connections don’t stop there, my friends. After discovering the Marvin connection in our family trees, it turns out that I too am related to George W. Bush. Thaddeus is related to the Bush side. I am related to Barbara (Pierce) Bush’s side. The genealogy software boiled it all down as Thaddeus and I have no direct relationship because of this fact. However, we would not be deterred. George W. Bush and Thaddeus are 9th cousins. George W. Bush and I are 11th cousins. Thaddeus and I agree that we were therefore 9th cousins by marriage, twice removed. (Disagree with this all you want; we are sticking with it – that’s what family does.)
All in all, it was a full day.