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Converstions in Iowa....

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Don't get my wrong. I love Iowa.  I am currently in Iowa CIty, and despite the bleak (and cold!) weather today, it is a funky university town...good walking and people-watching.

But this trip (day 4 of a book tour) began with several unusual conversations:

1. on the plane from Chicago:

Seatmate: Do you know that George Beverly Shea is over 100?

Me: Who?

Seatmate: He is the singer who accompanies Billy Graham. Do you not listen to Billy Graham?

Me: Ah, no, sorry.

Seatmate: I'll now recite the lyrics of one of the songs.


2. On arrival at the airport in Cedar Rapids:

Me: Good morning. Nice to have such a cheerful cab driver.

Cab driver: This isn't a cab.

Me: It isn't? But it says on the side...

Can driver: This is a church and a school, housed within a vehicle designed for spiritual enlightenment.

Me: Oh. Ah...

Cab driver: And I am your teacher and guide.


3. In a restaurant in Iowa City

Me: I'd like a cup of hot tea.

Waiter: We don't have that. Sorry.

Me: Oh. Could you bring me a cup of hot water?

Waiter: Sure.

Me: And a slice of lemon? And maybe a tea bag?

Waiter: Sure.


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Lori Lusk Friday, 05 October 2012

I think it sounds like you are in an episode of the Twilight Zone! I hope the rest of your trip goes much better!

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Jane Hinrichs Friday, 05 October 2012

I really like the second conversation. That one is sure funny!!!! Did you laugh? Oh, maybe that would have been rude. . :o

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Jenn Fischer Friday, 05 October 2012

The last one is my favorite.... Kind of reminds me when I went to a fast food place and wanted their combo meal with a cup of water-- not a soft drink. The person taking my order was dumbfounded and said, "Uh, we can't ring up your order correctly unless you order a soft drink." Since it was late, and I was hungry, I went ahead and ordered one with a cup of water on the side-- and promptly gave the sink a nice long drink of Coke when I came home.

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Carol Craley Friday, 05 October 2012

I think you have the beginnings of a new book... you may want to hang around Iowa for a while, or at least the airport!

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