Enjoy the college life, cousin.

Do you know someone who is quick-witted, easy-going, hilarious and pretty much impossible to not get along with? I do, and his name is Joe Morawczynski, my older cousin. My family and I were lucky enough to have Joe stay at our house this past weekend and spend some time with him before he heads to college in August.


    Joe, who I still and will probably always call Joey, lives in Champlin Park, graduated from Totino Grace High School this year and will be attending Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota this coming August. He also considered St. Thomas and St. John’s, and I think it’s safe to say that Joey would be successful wherever he went.


    Joey drove up to Crookston on Friday, and he, my brother and I spent the night in Grand Forks. With not much of an agenda for the night, we decided to go to the 6:50 p.m. showing of the new Batman movie, around 6:49 p.m. Joey had gone to the midnight premiere, but was willing to see it again, saying it was a great movie. Knowing that Joey has good taste, we went to the movie, and he was right, it was great. I’m usually not big on action movies, but The Dark Knight Rises was an exceptional movie. I’m now recording the first and second movies on my DVR.


    After the three-hour movie, we wanted to take Joey to a place he wouldn’t be able to find in Champlin, but after driving around for about 10 minutes, we found ourselves at Buffalo Wild Wings, not very unique, but you can always eat good at Bdubs. We all enjoyed our wings, and headed home for the night, jamming to some country music – that’s right I listen to country music now – thanks for that Joey.


    We came home and the three of us talked until about 2 a.m. Joey has always been one of the easiest people to talk to. Sometimes you see that start to fade when teenagers get older, but not with Joey. Even though he’s going off to college in less than a month, he’s still not “too cool” to talk to Danny and I.


   The next morning, we woke up around 8:30 a.m. to head over to East Grand Forks to watch my brother Danny’s baseball game. To say the least, it was a rough but well fought game for my brother’s team, and it got to be pretty long sitting in the 90-degree weather. We decided to treat Joey for being a good sport by taking him to lunch and going to the Elks pool in Grand Forks. We stopped at Pizza Hut, another original restaurant, and had lunch before the pool opened.


    When you go to a pool where the deep end is 4 feet deep, you can expect that mostly everyone there will be under the age of 12, besides parents. Despite the fact that we were spending our time at a place that felt like a daycare, we still had a good time soaking up the sun and playing water basketball.


    We then headed to The Blue Moose to meet up with our long-lost friends Lisa and Ellie Unkenholz and our parents. I was thrilled to see Lisa and Ellie, and knew that Joey would be fine with it, being the social guy that he is.


    That night, once we got home, our close family friends Chris, Cathy, Taylor, Tori and Tylie Demarais came over for dinner. The adults spent the night outside, and us kids had a low-key movie night inside.


    Sunday morning, we debated on what we should do on our last day with Joey, and came to the conclusion that a day at the 7 Clans Casino and waterpark would be a good way to end Joey’s weekend trip to northwest Minnesota. Joey introduced us to Eric Church on the way there, and I have to admit, I’ll be buying one of his CDs on iTunes sometime in the near future. At 7 Clans, Danny, Joey and I splashed around in the waterpark and, being 18, Joey got to take his luck to the casino for some gambling.


    We then took Joey to Duffer’s in Erskine, finally somewhere he wouldn’t be able to find living in the suburbs. Afterwards, Joey still had a 5-hour drive home. We said our good-byes, thanked Joey for making the trip up and of course, my mom had us take a picture to remember the weekend.


    Over the weekend, Joey mentioned how he liked the slow pace of Crookston, compared to the suburban lifestyle, something I think I take for granted.


    It’s always a good time with Joey. The Morawczynski-Davidson cousins are very close, and I don’t think anything will change that, not even college.


    Joey, enjoy the college-life, keep your sense of humor, and don’t forget about us Davidsons up in northwestern Minnesota.