Iowa

I am spending the night in a Mt. Vernon. Not bad you say. Just outside of D.C. The home of the first President. No, the other Mt. Vernon.

Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Home of the other Cornell, Cornell College.

One more small liberal arts college on the tour of Midwest schools.  About 1200 students. 4000 people in the town. Three stoplights–all on the same street and about 3 blocks between lights.

Sure the town is quaint. The kind of place worth spending a couple of hours exploring on the way to somewhere else. But to stay overnight??? At least I will have some quality time with my son you say. Sure. Except that he slept 80% of the trip here and is staying with a student in the dorm tonight, We were together for about 90 minutes today. I have been at the Sleep Inn by myself since 4:30.

My wife wouldn’t come with. Too much to do. I wish I could say that. I have nothing to do. Nada. Less than Nada. Small, small town. When the locals talk about Cedar Rapids and Iowa City as the big towns nearby, you know you are in small town Iowa.

Oh, by the way, never go to the fast food Chinese place in a small town for dinner. Especially if the woman at the counter is Hispanic and the also have burritos on the menu. The food may be cheap but in this case you will likely get what you pay for.

The school actually seems fine. It has a unique approach to education. Students take 1 class at a time for 18 days. You can walk from one end of the campus to the other in less than 15 minutes. Most buildings are historical landmarks.  

Hopefully my son is having a good time. I will find out tomorrow.

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Small Town Boy

I am in Pittsburgh today…Pittsburgh, TX. You know, right next to Mt. Pleasant and 15 miles from Paris. No it is not the pits, glad to get that out of the way.

I seem to have more than my fair share of clients based in small towns which by itself is not bad just inconvenient. Pittsburgh is a 2.5 hour drive from Dallas. I get to stay at a Holiday Inn Express. Free breakfast.

For dinner I get to choose between Chili’s, Applebee’s and a dive Mexican joint. No contest. Mexican it is.

Someday I hope to get clients in a major metropolitan area.  One with an airport.  And restaurants.