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in Minneapolis

I made it to the Twin Cities safely and without drama. Beautiful day for a drive, not too hot and sunny, with lots of actual news on the radio en route. Somehow, NPR stations now virtually interlink all the way from Kansas to Minnesota, with only one CD's worth of dead space in Iowa.

Did you know that "All Things Considered" actually has a number of different versions? Apparently in the middle of the middle of the USA, people don't want to hear about bomb-makings, instead preferring stories about human cannonballs and preserved dead human bodies. And they also don't seem to go for "Science Friday," instead playing a story about psychics and mediums. Hm.

Was weird and a little upsetting to be here to celebrate a wedding, especially for my step-sister who caused me such grief last year. But so far, so good. Only one weird moment when, during tonight's dinner, the father of the groom asked, "So is it just you? No spouse or children?" Um.... My step-mom saved me there.

Tomorrow the wedding, then the reception, then I drive back to Kansas (oy vey, all the driving), arriving sometime around sunrise so as to be there for the English Department grad student reception picnic. What with my being both faculty and grad student myself this year, I figure I better be there.

Hugs to y'all,



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Aug. 12th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
Drive carefully, and stop if you need to. There are hotels in Des Moines, which is almost exactly halfway: stop there and you can still make it in without being dangerous to yourself.

And call me when you get on the road, so I know what's what. Otherwise I'll worry.

Send her my very best wishes!
Aug. 12th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)
Be safe; be well!
Aug. 12th, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
Check out Muddy Paws if you get a chance, and forget the awkward family-getting-to-know-you questions. People are sometimes clueless and tactless, which is an unhappy combination.
Aug. 12th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Travel in safety and light. Savor the good AND the awkward. Awkward makes good moments stand out nicely.~S~
Aug. 12th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Out here, they play Science Friday at 8pm instead of when it's live. I like listening then, since I can actually listen instead of scamper in and out of my office for the entire thing.
Aug. 12th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
These days, I listen to Science Friday via podcast only. I've got a whole mess of them on my iPod.

Safe travels, and you had the deadtime in Iowa because there are no people in Iowa. Just corn.

Aug. 12th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Out here on the Best Coast we get Science Friday, forum, ATC, Fresh Air (love Terri Gross) CAR TALK Prarie Home and even the BBC stuff, which I love. You just need to get XM or rather Sirus, get the sat feed of NPR.
Aug. 14th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
XM doesn't carry Car Talk, though. SuXXors.
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