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Departure: Crossing the line

"It's never too early to think about leaving."

I thought that was a line from some song or poem, but Google can't seem to find it. Anyway...been thinking about the route I'll need to take out of here to wherever it is I'm going to be working in Virginia, and it came to me that the best route from all perspectives is to leave Minnesota the way I arrived: by way of Iowa. Not literally, mind you; the last leg of the trip up here in 1983 sucked ass for numerous reasons and was a boring drive on top of it all, straight up I-35 from Mason City into Minneapolis. I came here in a Torino station wagon loaded with books and clothes and furniture and all kinds of stuf, to say nothing of my new bride; I'll be leaving alone in a Kia with just a suitcase, a laptop, and a bare minimum of other stuff. The symmetry appeals to me, and I've always liked the drive down US 52 to the Avenue of the Saints, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids. Sure, part of that was knowing I had AI or Icon or something else fun ahead of me (well, usually) but I do like the scenery, much more than the view along I-35, I-90 or I-94.

Especially I-94. Every time I take that route out of the Twin Towns of Terror, there's long stretches of it being screwed up by the State of Wisconsin, and this year's no different. Yeah, I know there's nothing marked on their website, but I have faith that something will go wrong. Besides, if I take that route (or US 52 to I-90 east) there's no escape from the Illinois tollway en route to Chicago, and that's another area I really want to avoid based on previous hideous experiences.

So, yeah, Iowa. In August. It could be worse.

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433
Jun. 28th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
They've been doing work on 94 between Hudson and Madison since 1996. The current work is just west of Madison. Whee!
wombat_socho
Jun. 28th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
ahahahaha fuck Wisconsin and their lying website
windelina
Jun. 28th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Say -
how terrible was the Praxis? Did you study for it, or was it pretty easy?
Should I get a study guide?

wombat_socho
Jun. 28th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Praxis I or II?
The former is retarded easy and you should have an easy time of it. If you buy the study guide, and I find out, I will point and laugh at you, because any high-school graduate should be able to whip this test. Provided they actually learned what they were supposed to in high school, that is.

The latter, on the other hand...I probably should have gone over the sample questions and then read up on the parts I'm not so good at (WTF were all those economics questions doing asking about the Fed?) and I recommend that you do that.
dejana
Jun. 29th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Wisconsin is FOREVER. Every time I make the drive to Anime North I'm surprised anew by how darn long it takes to get through there. Wisconsin is The Eternal State.

Anything but Wisconsin.
wombat_socho
Jun. 29th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
No kidding. I can't remember a single trip down 94 that didn't involve some kind of hideous read destruction delay or another, and of course I-90 is where my previous Sportage died of a blown head gasket. So, yeah, Iowa. There's some minor work being done on US 218 and I-80, but that's happening late at night when I plan to be asleep.
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