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Posted Apr 19, 2010 - 10:02:09

Jump!So you may be asking yourself "What the heck is up with the picture Trae posted with this vlog?" Well, the answer is quite simple: yesterday I posted the fourth plot video for No Brand Con. It brings us to the end of our pre-convention videos, the storyline to complete at the actual convention... in less than two weeks. That's rather frightening.

But as much as No Brand Con is sucking up my time, the nice thing about it is I won't have to drive anywhere that weekend. I will get to just stay in Eau Claire and not sojourn to some random location.

Needless to say, I've been travelling a lot lately.

This last weekend, Crysta and I drove down to Indiana to look at apartments. This was not, on any level, a short drive. Friday evening, after I finished work, we drove down to Milwaukee where we slept at my parent's house. Then we awoke at 4:30am to drive down to Indiana so we could make our first appointment to look at places.

The drive isn't bad, although I'm sure those pig farms are going to smell a heck of a lot worse as the summer begins. I always forget how flat a lot of the midwest is, as Wisconsin is quite hilly (hooray for glaciers). We spent Saturday morning and afternoon looking at various apartments and duplexes, and I think we found one we like. After, we were getting ready to drive home when a strange sound eminated from the engine.

Thank god we hadn't left the town yet.

The serpentine belt in my escort had begun to disintegrate, and with the help of a nice guy who happened to be in his yard when we pulled over, we were able to cut off the part that was flapping around my engine compartment. He directed me to a local Midas which was fortunately open on a Saturday, and the car thankfully made it without problem.

I won't bore you with details, but in the end we replaced the belt. Sadly they couldn't get the part that was actually causing the belt to shred on a Saturday, so I nervously drove the car back to Milwaukee... where it made it back fine. My parents were willing to lend me one of their cars, and my vehicle will hopefully be repaired without problem.

It's always an adventure when you drive a crappy car.
- Traegorn

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"Hooray for Glaciers" I like this phrase but I'm unsure why. Glad to hear you made it back safe. (2)
Yes Indiana is very flat except the bottom part of the state, near Kentucky.  Its full of corn, soybeans, and pig farms (and yes those farms smell really, really bad in the summer).  Wait til you have to sit next to a pig truck on the road waiting for the stop light to change.  And remember down there when the light turns yellow you run it, otherwise you'll get rear ended. 
This reminds of my travels with my family when I lived back in North Dakota. I use to visit the house I live in now. I use to visit this house often. And yes not all the time did our car make with no problems.

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