Wisconsin or Bust, Part III: Dairyland to Derecho

Few things are as depressing as waking up at 4:50 a.m., knowing your vacation is over and all you have left is a long day of driving. We planned to hit the road at 6 a.m. for the roughly 11-hour trek home. Factoring in an hour for stops—and given the hour we'd gain crossing back … Continue reading Wisconsin or Bust, Part III: Dairyland to Derecho

Reunited with Alexa and it feels so good.

I got back from my work trip Friday afternoon and immediately went home, as I'd put in a bunch of extra hours in the evenings. This allowed me to sit on the patio and relax, despite the heat and humidity. I soldiered through with cold beer and music. I was happy to be reunited with … Continue reading Reunited with Alexa and it feels so good.

Time zones will be the death of me.

Tuesday afternoon. I'm in Hartford, South Dakota, working away on my laptop. Two interviews are in the can; the third is scheduled for 3 p.m., half an hour away, so I've got time. Or so I think. An email pops up, interrupting my work. We hope everything is okay. We waited at the shop for … Continue reading Time zones will be the death of me.

Seven Across the 605

Yesterday, I was driving home from a three-day work conference in Sioux Falls, and thought, damn...I've made a LOT of trips across South Dakota this year. A quick bit of mental arithmetic later, I realized this was the seventh time I've made the 693-mile roundtrip drive between Rapid City and Sioux Falls in a little … Continue reading Seven Across the 605

Memphis Mafia, Party Of One

Elvis Has Entered the Building Our weekend getaway was a blast! Saturday morning, bright and early, Tara and I hit the road for the tiny burg of Freeman, South Dakota. It's considered the heart of the Chislic Circle and the birthplace of South Dakota's official state nosh. If you haven't heard of chislic before (and … Continue reading Memphis Mafia, Party Of One

Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 1 – Sioux Falls

“I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.”Jack Kerouac, On the Road Echoes of the Past Tara and I hit the road this afternoon, officially kicking off a new adventure — one that has echoes of the past … Continue reading Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 1 – Sioux Falls

48 Hours. 794 Miles.

Sioux Falls is, in a nutshell, neat. If that makes me sound like Richie Cunningham, so be it. If you have no idea who Richie Cunningham is, I can't even with that. Sculptures & Bright Lights Our journey began Friday at 1:00 p.m. We had a five-hour drive ahead of us plus a jump ahead … Continue reading 48 Hours. 794 Miles.

Here’s the Chum…Where’s the Shark?

I bought a new car yesterday. Primarily via text. It's a wonderful time to be alive! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was ready to take the plunge and buy a car, now that the taxman had cometh and taxeth. I assumed the local Hyundai dealer would be jumping through hoops for my … Continue reading Here’s the Chum…Where’s the Shark?

Give Me Tenderloin or Give Me Death

In light of the Smithfield plant closure in Sioux Falls, I decided to make a pork run yesterday. I mean, we can’t be running out of bacon now, can we?! Actually, bacon isn’t even the issue. I was looking for pork loin and chops. What can I say? We’re big fans of The Other White … Continue reading Give Me Tenderloin or Give Me Death