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What’s $100 Worth in California vs Wisconsin?

 

Taxfoundation.org released this map showing the relative value of $100 across the United States. To paraphrase the article:  Average prices for similar goods are much higher in California than in Wisconsin, so the same amount of dollars will buy you comparatively less out here. The difference from Wisco to Cali? About $19. Damn!

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Wisconsin’s Getting Ready for Us

I’m so excited to for our trip back home! I can’t wait to see everyone and get a good dose of all the things I’ve missed. I’m all packed and ready to go, and I’m about to go to bed early so I can rise and function for our early flight in the morning.

This morning in my preparatory excitement I checked the upcoming weather for Green Bay. (I am my father’s daughter.) I was surprised to see an incredible lineup:

Can this be right!?

Spoiler: No.

I checked the weather again tonight, just to be sure. I haven’t been away so long that I’ve started trusting Wisconsin weather reports. That’s when an entirely new forecast finally revealed itself.

I knew it.

Within the span of a day everything has changed! Oh geez. There’ll be rain, obviously. Thunderstorms even. It’s like Green Bay knew we hadn’t seen a thunderstorm in months and was more than ready to surprise us with one. Wow, thanks!

Looks like we’ll be going from this:

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This very afternoon at our pool.

To this:

But then again, maybe not. What’s the saying? If you don’t like the weather in Wisconsin, wait five minutes? Yeah, maybe it won’t rain at all. I’m keeping my hopes up. No matter what the weather, the trip back will be awesome. Can’t wait to see everyone!

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One Month Until We’re Back in Wisco

Hell yeah!

A month from now we’ll be taking our first trip back to Wisconsin since moving out to California. We’re visiting in August, so hopefully the weather won’t be too much of a shock. (It’ll be the weather during the winter holiday visit that we’ll have to watch out for.) We haven’t seen rain in months, so we’ll melt if it rains while we’re visiting. Darin actually mentioned just last night how much he’d love to have a thunderstorm. Me? I’m all good with the constant sun.

Some things we’re looking forward to on our visit back home:

  • Seeing friends & family, obviously. We’ve timed our visit so that we can enjoy Miranda and Pete’s wedding reception before they sail around the world together. (God, they’re cool.) That will account for our Saturday evening, so we’ve got another few days to fill with a ton of other stuff. Stuff like:
  • Breakfast at Lox, Stock’n Bagel with the family and the Press-Gazette crossword. I hope they have the scones I like that weekend!
  • Drinks at Lorelei. I’m hoping Dave and/or Bart are working, because they make some killer beverages. Hell, Bart just nods and knows what I want. I hope they haven’t forgotten me!
  • I want to go gaze upon and judge the size of the new Pro Shop expansion, which looks utterly ridiculous. Maybe I’ll score another hat, since my last disappeared at that ultra cold playoff game. Then again, what the heck am I going to do with a winter hat in CA? Maybe I’ll buy a tank top. Or another pair of awkward shorts with “PACKERS” emblazoned on the butt so everyone here can wonder what that’s about.
  • Speaking of the Packers, we’ll be in town for the first pre-season game on Friday night. Maybe they’ll play it at the Lorelei and we can kill two birds with one stone. Too bad it’s an away game, or I’d want to go.
  • Darin had mentioned wanted to grill out with his family, and I’d like to grill out with mine, too. That, or have some of my mom’s lasagna. It’s the best lasagna there is. Either way, having some home-cooked food would be awesome. We cook out here, but it’s not the same. It’s not infused with love.
  • Old Fashioneds – we miss them. Bars out here don’t know what you’re talking about when you order one. Occasionally, they list them under specialty cocktails, but they’re mostly bad. We’ve only found one place out here has decent ones, and they’re $10 a pop. (My brother makes better ones anyway. I’d give him $10 for one right about now. Sheesh.)
  • The lazy Wisconsin pace. Out here, there’s a gazillion people all trying to get from point A to point B on the same damn highway at any given moment, honking and being upset. Everyone is go, go, go. I seem to remember there being a bit less commotion in da Bay. Less to do and more time to do it in, because you don’t spend half your day in traffic. Sign me up.

I’m super excited to get back to Wisco and see everyone. We’re looking for someone to take care of our cats while we’re gone, but other than that our plans are all set! When we pack, we’ll have to check the forecast for the first time in months, so we know we’re bringing the right clothes along. I’ll probably even bring a jacket, because anything goes in Wisconsin!

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Road Trip to Cali: Day One

On Friday, we said goodbye to our lovely 2-bed, 2-bath on East River Dr in favor of crashing at my parents’ place, where there was still a real bed (the movers came for our stuff on Wednesday and we couldn’t face another night on the air mattress).

Goodbye East River Dr

Goodbye East River Dr

We headed out to the Lorelei for a few drinks and hit the hay. On Saturday we began our trip to California, with Wisconsin, Iowa, and part of Nebraska on the docket. The good-byes were hard and a lot of tears were shed. I won’t show pictures of the tears because that’s sad. Instead, here’s HWY 172.

The trip begins.

The trip begins.


And here’s me getting gas all puffy-eyed.

Using my Valentine's Day gas card! Thanks mom.

Using my Valentine’s Day gas card! Thanks mom.

Wisconsin was pretty uneventful – I drove the whole way out. There were some hills towards the border.

Wisconsin gets hilly

Wisconsin gets hilly

Snow-packed, of course.

Snow-packed, of course.

Iowa was very welcoming.

Welcome to Iowa!

Welcome to Iowa!

And as we crossed the Mississippi we got all kinds of majestic ‘Murica.

That right there is a bald eagle over the Mississippi.

That right there is a bald eagle over the Mississippi.

We stopped in Debuque for, uh, linner I guess, and got some Wendy’s. It was delicious. Iowa had already exceeded all of my expectations – I had not anticipated a beautiful river town with a Wendy’s right when I needed it. It was suprising.

Debuque also welcomed us. Iowans are very friendly, I guess.

Debuque also welcomed us. Iowans are very friendly, I guess.


While we were there we also checked on the cats, who were doing okay. I gave Konan another sedative. It didn't really effect her.

While we were there we also checked on the cats, who were doing okay. I gave Konan another sedative. It didn’t really effect her.

Then we switched drivers, and Darin took us most of the way through Iowa – which quickly became exactly what we thought it would be – a barren wasteland. What a lucky guy!

Darin eating a treat because damn, Iowa.

Darin eating a treat because damn, Iowa.


Such scenery.

Such scenery.

The funniest thing Iowa gave us was this “Marshalltown” water tower that Darin and I both misread as “Marshmallowtown”. It looks JUST LIKE the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Certainly not a coincidence.

I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft.

“I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft.”

So there was that, and these “Kum and Go” convenience stores. Seriously? Who came up with that name? My dad?

Brought to you by dad jokes everywhere.

Brought to you by dad jokes everywhere.

Things got really quiet after that as we neared the Iowa/Nebraska border – a place I’m pretty sure no one has ever wanted to go to. Then we were treated with an incredible sunset.

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Maybe the Midwest IS best. It was beautiful.

Then it got dark, and everything was a blur until we hit Nebraska.

Crazy lightstown, USA

Crazy lightstown, USA

So blurry that we couldn’t even get a good shot of the Welcome to Omaha sign.

Blurry Omaha sign

Blurry Omaha sign

We drove for a few hours and stayed the night at a Quality Inn in Grand Island, Nebraska. (For the record, it was neither an island nor grand.) The hotel was really nice, though, and the staff were friendly. The cats were finally let out of their kennel and were surprisingly well-behaved. After a brief freak-out period where the entire room was inspected at high speed both of them settled down. All four of us cuddled up and slept like a bunch of rocks.

Scenery Rating: 6 (Points for that sunset, yo.)
Driveability Rating: 8 (Score reduced for inducing drowsiness throughout most of the drive.)

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