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Final Trip

Two weeks ago I landed at Midway at midnight and as I walked through the terminal to exit, I thought, 'Midway, I can't wait to break-up with you.'
I wish I didn't know where all the food, snack, everything is located.  I wish I didn't have favorite gates (and least favorite).  I'm tired of seeing how recent legislation has affected the security lines.

The time is here.

Today was my last day with my current position and I'm pretty stoked!  It was a pretty great experience and I learned many, many things, but I am excited to move on.  

When I first started my job, I traveled a lot with my friend, Jason.  We haven't worked together much in quite awhile, but this week we did.  How appropriate.
And we most definitely made our way around.
We started in Omaha, NE, drove to Sioux Falls, SD, drove to Fargo, ND, drove to Bemidji, MN, and drove to Minneapolis, MN.  Talk about going out with a bang.  (In a Volkswagen Beatle.)

We may or may not have listened to this song several times during our 751 mile, 2 day adventure:

Yep, we definitely did.
Judge as you want, but we had fun, even driving on 2 lane highways that just got hit with a snow storm and we drove on the snowy roads.

Here are some notes from the road:
*Woah people were nice.  Like nice, nice.  I felt like I needed to step it up so talked with all the random people about anything I could think of.
*Yeah, we stuck out.  I'm not positive why, but everywhere we went we were asked in varying ways what we were doing there.  At one small town gas station, Jason walked inside and the guy working there said, "You're not from around here are you?"  Maybe it was the Beatle.
*At said gas station, there was no prepay option.  After I filled up the tank, I thought I was done and realized I hadn't paid yet.  It's been awhile...
*Our Beatle was dead one morning.  Reminded me of my days with i go and the planetarium.
*We purchased an audio cord to play Jason's phone in the car.  One of the best purchases I've made in awhile.  Hands down.
*Paul Bunyan & Blue are "from" Bemidji.  I did not understand this.  Why would you say a fictional character is "from" Bemidji???  So that is exactly what I asked the cashier at a fast food restaurant.  (see the note about about talking about anything)  Yep, she referred to them as Paul & Blue, like they are her personal friends.  She said probably because Bemidji is the start of the Mississippi River and they would send logs downstream.  I will accept that answer.
update:  Saturday someone informed me many Minnesota cities claim Paul Bunyan is from there.  Interesting...
*had some delicious Fargo beer
*Dunn Brothers Coffee is darn good.  (get it...darn good)
*We drank a lot of coffee
*We got a little loopy
*Speed limit in SD is 75!

And we're back in Chicago.  And I start my new job Monday...crazy.


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