In which I learn virtually nothing but still enjoy myself.
I took last week off from blogging, due to a heavy work schedule. Now that I’m back, I’d like to be able to report that my first out-of-state road trip was an epic odyssey that tested my navigational skills and resourcefulness. But though that would make for a more interesting blog, it would be a lie. The trip from Clarkston, Michigan to Fort Wayne, Indiana was laughably easy, even for a directionally challenged individual like myself. We drove 90% of the trip on just 2 highways, and the hotel was right off the last exit. The most challenging thing I did was get off at the Coldwater exit to go through a McDonald’s drive-thru, and get back on the freeway again. Hail the intrepid explorer!
So I did not take away a lot of new learning from this trip, other than this: if you want to buy fireworks or ammo, Indiana is the place to go. Judging solely by the number of billboards advertising the sale of fireworks, the entire state of Indiana should be on fire.
The Hyatt Place hotel we stayed at was a steal: $89 for a suite-like room with a big seating area, mini-fridge and two double beds (the couch made a bed also). And Sweetwater Academy puts on a really fun rock-and-roll camp, which my son is already begging to attend again next summer. So I’ll probably be headed toward the Land of Incendiary Devices (new state motto?) again next July.
The Next New Thing: A Vegetarian Week
As many other Fifty-somethings can tell you, it is an age in which good health habits are necessary just to feel basically normal. Weird symptoms crop up that your doctor will basically attribute to your oldness, symptoms they would be running all sorts of tests to investigate if you were 25. So to up my game in the good health category, I am going to test-drive a vegetarian diet for a week.
Because I can’t imagine a life without cheese, I am not going vegan for the week. But I am going to try at least one vegan day. I will report back next week, probably jonesing for a cheeseburger.