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AM: Power Cord hunt:


Best Buy had a universal power cord for mom, (Gosh, wouldn’t that be great.), for her laptop actually. It cost $100.00. She said to “forget it.”

I checked WalMart and they had the exact same one for under $70.


Universal power cords never fit just quite right but it is a stop gap to get you through until your new power cord arrives, so she bought it. Plus it is cheaper than all those “AA” batteries, she thought she would have to use (see yesterday’s post.)


Breakfast was up next. Before we left the motel, I asked the girl if she knew where a little mom and pop diner was. She told me that there were a lot in the area where WalMart and Best Buy was, “There’s Perkins, and ….” Obviously, she had no idea what a “Mom and Pop diner” is.


We did find one, all on our own, and on route 10. Its name is Park Ridge Café and you walk in the door and are greeted as if you are a local and it’s your third year of going in. The food is cooked just right and they offer fruit instead of fried potatoes with your breakfast. Or, you can go with the fried potatoes, if you are so inclined.


The wedding is for another day’s Blog.


Returning to the motel, from the wedding reception last night, I did a good job of getting lost. I don’t get lost when I am alone, because I can always retrace my path and find the correct turn, or get directions. I have seen some wonderful things by taking the wrong road, so I rarely get upset about it, but having mom with, makes it less of an adventure and more of a “Where is the blinking motel?”


The motel is on Highway 51. There is some road construction that causes confusions and highway 10 is involved. But, it seems that you cross highway 51 repeatedly in this city.


I have mentioned that asking for directions in Hawaii is always answered by “It is two blocks that way.” Mind you, it may be on another island, but it is always “two blocks away.” Well, in Wisconsin, everything is just three left turns away (gee, doesn’t that just bring you right back to where you are?)


So, when I got misplaced last night, and mom is getting more and more worried sitting next to me, I stopped to ask for directions and was told to go to the stop sign-turn left, go to the four way-turn left and go to the stop light and turn left.


After several false starts, my idea of a left turn, being a near 45 degree turn; her idea of a left turn being a total u-turn. We did find 51 and our hotel. Mom relaxed and all was well with the world.

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This is just no two ways about it. Ten hours on the road, sucks!!! The purpose of our trip, I am traveling with mom, is to attend the wedding of my grand-niece in Wisconsin.

First is gas: The car kind fortunately. The gas crisis has brought people together. People used to pump and go on their way when gas prices were manageable. Now, they are so frustrated that you rarely get away from the pump without having a “gas price discussion” with the person at the next pump. It may turn the world into a friendlier place.

Second is food: Not all restaurants are equal. Perkins in Wyoming was fantastic. Perkins in Stevens Point, Wisconsin; not so good. They do serve a large portion of meat on sandwiches, but I would rather go for quality than quantity. A patty melt should be juicy with melted cheese and friend onions. Okay, even a small portion isn’t healthy, but if I’m going to get that cholesterol and the calories, at least I want to enjoy it.

Third is the motel: The motel is great; small, friendly and super clean. The staff is extremely helpful and pleasant.  Its name is: Americas Best Value Inn in Stevens Point and I highly recommend it, as I sit here on my free high speed.

The reason for our drive, this morning, since the wedding isn’t until 6:00 pm tonight, is that mom and I are on a quest to find a power cord for her ThinkPad. She thought she would save luggage by taking it out of its case; unfortunately, she did not take the power cord out. She thinks she can use another one though and I think when she sees the price of the power cord, she may change her mind.

Do remember, this is the woman who called me up one day and told me that she needed me to change her computer’s batteries next time I am over, as she could not get the cover off the battery compartment on the bottom. Anyone have size double A computer batteries????

Considering that the only time I got lost was IN Stevens Point, on this whole trip, which may be a record for me, I’m not sure I’m anxious to venture out to find a Best Buy. I will let you know how that goes

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