Ask the Readers takes a break for a couple of weeks while I’m on my trip. Instead, I’ll regale you with tales from the road.
I loaded the girls into the car bright and early on Thursday morning. We spent an evening in Ankeny Iowa before moving on to the Twin Cities.
Adventures in the Land of Uff Da
I’m looking Iowa, and feeling Minnesota*:
I don’t stay at the Bedbug Inn. However, I really hate staying at luxury hotels where there is a charge for everything. A hotel must have free Wifi and breakfast:
And what wonderful times we live in: I had never seen this device before, but the Pancake Machine was a little miracle:
Press Here and 1 minute later, juicy pancakes shoot out of the machine.
I always loved the waffle makers at the breakfast bars, but the Pancake Machine raises the bar. Waffle makers can devolve into chaos if a hotel guest doesn’t spray the anti-stick stuff on the machine. Some smart engineer noticed these issues and invented the Pancake Machine. The company that makes this device is going to make a lot of money.
I salute you Pancake Machine Engineer! Miracles never cease.
But I digress…
On the first evening in the Twin Cities, we went to a place on the Mississippi River for pizza:
I spotted this guy making a nest in the eyes of one of the Moai. He wasn’t thrilled that I was taking his picture, but agreed not to sting me if I showed him the pancake machine.
On Saturday morning, we went to the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market. And there was a dinosaur (but no pancakes or pancake machines):
I love the Midwest. My current home-state of Colorado is nice, but I grew up outside of Chicago and the Rocky Mountain State isn’t quite the same. Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota feel like home.
The wonderful thing about financial independence is that you can be wherever the hell you want to be. When I have a longing to be home, I can just fire up the car and return to the Land of Beer and Cheese (Wisconsin), nice people (Iowa and Minnesota) or corruption (Chicago).
Life is good.
This week, I visit the Physician on Fire before heading across the UP to stay near Mackinac Island.
- Will the Physician on Fire try to give me another prostate exam?
- Will I successfully pull off the Pancake Machine heist or will I be apprehended?
Tune in next week for answers to these probing questions and more!
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