I never knew that Bing Crosby lived in Spokane.

I was talking to my mom the other day and she was reading something online.

She turned to me and had a funny look on her face.

She said that she never knew Bing Crosby lived in Spokane, WA. Oh…okay; was my response since I had no idea who Bing Crosby was. She explained that when she was a kid, her mother was always watching movies that featured Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. She was surprised to read that his childhood home was in Spokane, WA. Since we were going to Spokane, WA for vacation, she wanted to visit his boyhood home. I was going so my best friend and I could hike on Mt. Spokane. I asked mom if she wanted to take a friend and go with us. She was looking for sites in Spokane that would interest her and her friend, Nancy. She wanted to see the Bing Crosby house, and look into some of the museums in the city. She looked at me oddly and asked why I chose to go to Spokane, WA. My friend, Bill, lived in Spokane, WA and he had invited us to come visit him for winter vacation. I knew that mom was lonely since dad passed away and I thought she may enjoy Christmas away from the house. She seemed excited as she talked about a hotel with good heating, but then I told her we would be staying at Bill’s home. I was sure he had excellent heating and air conditioning. That’s when I got the ‘big’ talk from mom, to warn me about men. We both laughed, since I was twenty-one years old.

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