About 5 p.m. on Saturday, my husband got a call that one of the plants he services down in Mt. Vernon, Ohio would be out of filter paper before Monday. The plants can't run without the filter paper my husband's company sells and that is a quick, easy way to lose a customer. So, at about 6:30 p.m., we were planning our overnight trip to MT V. Both of us being the computer geeks we are jumped onto the 2 pc's we have in our office to see who could find the better hotel for the night. My search quickly revealed that Mt. Vernon left allot to be desired as far as luxurious accommodations...in fact, I think my Yahoo search truly revealed that not too many people seek out Mt. Vernon Ohio. At all. Chris's search gave much better results. He even found a Holiday Inn with a restaurant and bar (oh, who am I kidding, we were really only interested in the BAR). So he booked it and printed out the hotel info from the web.
I cursed Yahoo Travel and vowed never to use such an inept Search Engine again! Stupid Yahoo.
4 hours later, while Chris quickly checked in with the Security guard at the plant, I started looking at the hotel info so I could get us to that
bar hotel lickety split.
"Potomac Street" Pretty sure I didn't see that when we drove through town.
Hmpf. (Looks at address more closely)
"Potomac Street, Mt. Vernon, ILLINOIS" (laughs. even though it is really not funny because it is midnight and we are in BFE)
"Hey uh Chris....Ummm...I don't think we're going to make it to the hotel tonight"
"It's in Mt. Vernon,......ILLINOIS"
"maybe I should cancel the reservation?"
"Yeah...why don't you go ahead and do that"
Luckily, despite the alcohol crazed teenagers hanging outside the Comfort Inn down the street (a wedding reception of 18 year olds had just broken up), we were able to get the absolute last room in the joint. And the bar was withing walking distance. The clientele, a bit interesting. (This is one of the times that you TRULY curse yourself for leaving the camera at home.) It was at this point that we decided that maybe we would try the cell phone camera. You'll see that this didn't work out so well, but we tried. Just for you.
See...not working out so well...
This is the bar interior. We decided against taking pictures of the clientele as we were sure they would either A.) Punch us or B.) want to actually talk to us. Neither was a desirable outcome.
The next morning, we started the 4 hour drive home. Which really took about 5 because we decided to chase Amish people. No sooner had I said to Chris "damn, I haven't seen no Amish people around here. Your mom was wrong." We saw them. A group of girls on bikes looking all, well, Amish and stuff. Again, WHERE IS THE DAMN CAMERA. Again, the camera phone would have to suffice.
We saw a barn raisin'
From a far, yes, but I swear this is a Barn Raisin'
And another Amish farm that we decided was Amish simply due to the lack of any vehicles or electrical lines. That obviously means Amish, right? (sorry, photo somehow ate by stupid camera phone)
I was also able to learn a great deal about Central Ohio and myself on this trip:
They have attractions such as Biblewalk. "The only full size wax museum in Ohio". Yes, it was advertised this way. I'm not sure that impressed me. Half pint wax museum would have been , more than enough. I promise you.
They are a religious bunch. For once, I saw more churches than Starbucks. That is actually probably a good thing.
They like to keep up with the Jones's. On the drive in, it was dark and I saw NUMEROUS porches with little lit Christmas trees on them (let's recap here people...it is JULY). According to our chatty bartender, this is just the new "thing" to do. So most everyone does it. Here is a store display offering the very finest of Christmas trees for your porch. In JULY.
Apparently the Lone star's of Texas are also the "in" thing for exterior home decorating.
You'll put one on your house if your cool.
And what have I learned about myself on this trip?
I have learned that I HATE (repeat HATE) the following:
1. Lawn Animals. Lawn People. Anything on your front lawn that is not vegetation or naturally occurring in nature.
2. Front Porch Storage. The front porch is not your basement. Nor your garage. Nor your attic. If it were, it would be called basement, garage or attic. And then, you could store crap on it!
3. Barns that are bigger than the houses they belong too.
4. Men that wear overalls with no shirts. Clearly, a good thing that the camera was forgotten.
My closing thought on the Amish really came from Chris. I can't take credit....although I'd like to. And I quote:
"Do you think the Amish are in-bred? It's not like you get many outsiders saying they WANT to become Amish."
Live on my in-bred, bike riding, barn raising, no gas operated machinery friends. (I mean that in the most sincere I am an outsider and I have no clue about you or your culture possible way).
I'm going to hell for this post aren't I.