For reasons I won’t discuss here, I had the opportunity to make a trip to one of my new favorite places; Anthon, IA (where one of my best friends is from) for the second weekend in a row.

Having grown up in upstate New York, Puerto Rico, Utah and Chicago, small town life is pretty foreign to me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found were open skies; more green trees, grass and rolling hills than I’ve seen in years; friendly people who welcomed me with open arms (I think I’ll be named an honorary citizen after my 3rd visit); the most peaceful sleep I’ve had in years; and the ability to park my car and leave my windows open with the key in the ignition without thinking twice about it.

I had a great time and loved being alone with my thoughts for eight hours while I sang to my country CD’s at the top of my lungs (yes, I confess, I like some country music).

Ten miles off I-80 and into a country highway I looked up to see the most amazing cloud, heard the thunder and then spotted the lightning.

An already dark road becomes darker…

Then the rain started to fall…

It started pouring so hard I couldn’t see anything and had to pull over to the side of the road…

I sat for about 5 minutes before I made another attempt. I got scared and stopped again. Then I reminded myself that a beer was calling my name so I sucked it up and drove away from the rainstorm and into light watching the madness I had been in from the rearview mirror.

I couldn’t leave my new friends at the Little Siouxloon waiting too long for my jukebox DJ skills and dart challenge 🙂




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