Crysta and I went up to Wisconsin this weekend for Anime Milwaukee. Part of me wanted to drive out to Madison instead and join the pro-Union protesters, but frankly I think after the stresses of the last week, I needed to relax and see some friends. I won't really talk about the convention all that much today, but I'm doing a full write up of it later this week if you're curious about that experience.
We left town on Friday night fairly late, as Crysta had a late lab meeting (meaning we didn't leave Lafayette until 7:30pm Eastern/6:30pm Central). The trip itself wasn't that exceptional for most of my normal "Trae and Crysta drive to Milwaukee" trips. I mean, we listen to podcasts, I thank heaven for Cruise Control on our current car, we stop at an Oasis on the tollway... pretty standard fare really.
I know I've mentioned it before, but one of the most hilarious things for me is the "Knock it Off" machine at the Lake Forest Oasis, which is full of, you guessed it, knock offs. Specifically, knock off iPods.
Before it had just been full of Knock off iPod Shuffles (which are still there of course), but they've added now some Knock off iPod nanos as well. Seriously, you need to check it out.
I actually tried to play it a few times, but to no avail. As always, carnival games are fixed to look easy but end up being quite difficult.
What amazes me is that these knock off iPods are just sitting there in a State Operated facility. I mean, it's not like we're talking about a street vendor, or a random store importing stuff from wherever... it's an arcade carnival game at a state tollway operated Oasis.
You'd think someone would have said something about it. But there they are, knock off iPods you can try to win for 50 cents.
And the world just gets a little stranger...