We think everyone has secret skills. We've discussed ours many times, so they are not secrets anymore. For example, Karen can fix any toilet. She even fixed the toilet in the hotel room at our brother's wedding instead of calling the maintenance man. A few minutes before his bride walked down the aisle, Karen's hand was in their toilet tank. One of my skills is I remember things everyone else has forgotten, like that wedding toilet incident. One of our brother Lee's secret skills is finding really good food in places you would never think to go or know about.
In May, we were at Lee's house for a family BBQ and he had a plate of donuts on the table. Too few donuts for such a big family of eaters, I might add. As is typical in our family, everyone was talking at the same time, and it was chaotic. We were all seated around the kitchen table with the plate of donuts tempting us. At some point during lunch, I grabbed one of the donuts, cut it in half, and shared it with my niece, Emily. We were in heaven! It was sweet and fluffy and covered in cinnamon sugary crumble. It was so good! I asked Lee where he got the donuts and while everyone else was talking and scarfing down the donuts, he responded "this little place in Ventura..." and then there was a big earthquake and all the water in his swimming pool sloshed out. Though all the donuts got eaten, we never found out where exactly that donut shop was.
The other day when we were at our mom's, we were in Ventura. Neither of us (or Lee) lives in Ventura. When we were done visiting our mom, we were really hungry and we kept thinking about those donuts. Actually, we'd been thinking about them since May. We both had long drives to get home so thought we should eat before hitting the road. We had no idea where that donut shop was but we wanted those cinnamon sugar donuts. I don't know why we didn't just call Lee and ask him where the donut shop was, but at the time we decided we could just think like Lee and find the donut shop. Where would Lee look? Where would he go? Let's trace the steps we think he would've taken.
Karen and I can add another secret skill to our list. We can think like Lee. We found that donut place in a matter of minutes. It was next to a gas station, behind a shopping center. And it was delicious.
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