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Here I am with Bryden. You will read all about him below. Jim was nice enough to send me this image for Christmas 2000. Thanks Jim, your a pal!

ITALY by Jim - 1993

TUESDAY APRIL 20Th
At 4:00 p.m. Bryden Pennock picked us at the airport in Turin, Italy.  We named him the flaming ass hole.  No truer words were ever spoken.  He was late picking us up in Torino, didn't help us with our luggage and drove like a man possessed.  He went out into an intersection and people were hitting his car as they walked by yelling at him.  It didn't bother him at all.  He hit a car with his mirror, spring tension so it was minor.  The more we made fun of him, the faster he would drive.  He scared the shit out of Pete and I.  The fastest driver I ever rode with.  He drives on the highways 100 to 120 MPH and he was looking around, talking and he stopped in the middle of town (Torino, 1,000,000 people), at the police station to ask if we could use the restroom.  The police said no.  Bryden said he was being a f---ing     asshole. He never shut up all the time we spent with him.  I, I, I, I, I worse than Arlen Badersnider and he expected us to pay for everything, including tolls. He did pay for us getting into a castle, "I think", (they asked us twice if we paid).  He drove up to the castle and they told him to move his car, that pissed him off and he had to drive down to hell and gone.  Pete and I stayed at the castle and laughed at him.  He did show us a lot of the countryside in a short period of time.  We saw many castles and a lot of villages (very old stuff).  The pictures should be super.  We ate original Italian pizza for supper, and went to the hotel about 11:00 p.m.  The rooms would be less than average in the U.S.A., but okay, though very noisy
"goodnight".

WEDNESDAY APRIL 21ST
Bryden picked us up around 8:00 a.m. to go sightseeing around the countryside (more castles).  Then we went to the French Alps and up to the Matterhorn, wow! what a view.  He's still driving like an idiot, I was getting car sick from all of the turns and speed.  Pete and I got on him again about slowing down.  Pete told him to slow down or he was going to punch him, he slowed down for 5 minutes.  We walked on a Roman road build in 1200, unbelievable. Bryden's wife showed up at the pizza place the night before, he treated her like dirt, what an asshole.  Pete and I both tried not to talk with him because you couldn't shut him up.  His favorite words were, basically, absolutely not, he never just said yes or no.  We went to the plant about 2:00 p.m. and spent the rest of the day there.  We talked with Bill Goodall too.  Went for more pizza with Bryden (why not, it's free for him), cheap son of a bitch.  The pizza had squid and anchovies on it, I'm not impressed. Went to bed about 11:00 p.m.

ThURSDAY. APRIL 22ND
Got up at 8:00 a.m. and had red orange juice (not bad), that's all we had for breakfast.  We can't afford to eat.  Just outside of the hotel they had an open air market, very neat.  We went looking for a doll for Erv, also went down some 400 year old stairs.  We found the doll.  Pete also bought his girls a couple of dolls.  We saw a fish market and it stunk like crazy. We ate lunch at a small cafe and had white ham.  The bathroom had stand up shitters (the plant also has them).  They won't use sit down ones because they are not sanitary enough.  Bryden lined us up with a guy to give us a ride to the airport at 1:00 p.m., the guy was late and we were ready to kill him.  "Bryden", I've never disliked anyone as much as this asshole, (Pete agrees).  Glad to get out of this country .  Very dirty and don't like people either.  Very pretty scenery though.

I don't know why I'm writing a log on this, Pete "Cecil B. DeMills" has about 4 hours of video so far.  Boy! will that be boring for anyone that has to watch it.  I feel sorry for Elaine, maybe she can sleep through it.

Other Journals to Read  
Germany by Pete- 1993
Italy by Pete- 1993
France by Pete- 1993
Germany by Jim- 1993
You are here now! Italy by Jim - 1993
France by Jim- 1993
England/Wales by Pete- 1998
Belgium by Pete- 1998
France by Pete- 1998

 

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