We decided to go on a wander last Saturday….to get one in before Ernie's next chemo on Monday. Mid-morning on Friday I suggested that we leave that day instead. Ernie agreed so I rushed through some work and made a reservation at a hotel. I kind of screwed up, thinking the town was further west than it was. I figured away was away though so didn't worry about it. We left mid-afternoon and got to Jacksonville around 5. As per our usual modus operandi, we wandered around town a bit, then went and checked into our hotel. We dumped our stuff and then headed out to find a bar. Found a spot, had a drink, ended up getting some food to go from a chain place. Usually, we try to go local but I wanted salad and sometimes those are hard to find. We headed back to our hotel with our food in the rain and curled up, watching some bad tv. Delightful.

The next morning we had our standard diner breakfast: two eggs, over easy, sausage patties and hash browns. I've stopped ordering them extra crispy as I've been burned, so to speak, so now I take my chances. The plates came out and Ernie predicted a 7. I raised my eyebrows at the eggs and said, "mmmm, maybe a 6." As we ate I confessed I had to nudge the score back up to 7. By the end of the meal, we decided it was a at least a solid 8. Impressive work, Norma's North Star Cafe.

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I was utterly smitten with the 1900 Ferris wheel in front of the Ferris wheel factory.

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Here's the one in the park from the night before in the rain.

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I've become increasingly fond of these vitrolite facades.

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More to come.

Thoughts?