Diane's Restaurant

Trip Start Nov 10, 2009
Trip End Dec 18, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Wisconsin
Monday, November 16, 2009

I leave Green Bay bound for the Twin Cities.  The landscape is rural.  Lots of farms, grain is everywhere and it is flat as a board.  A twist or turn here or there but, largely flat and scenic.  It all looks like Norman Rockwell without people in the portraits.  Old barns, the smell of manure and dirt.

Cell service out on this perimeter is spotty at best.  I received few phantom calls which means I didn't receive them at all.  There was a beep, beep, beep and I had a voice mail.  I called back Miranda and had a nice catch up chat and started to feel like with the sky darkening and lots of road ahead, It was time for coffee. 

I saw a sign that said Diane's restaurant.  One of my four sisters is named Diane.  You don't meet a lot of them and they usually spell it differently.  So I pulled off for coffee and took some pictures.

The counter was run by Lindsay a 19 year old gal who left Wittenberg for the big city of Wausau a year earlier but, came back because her grandparents weren't doing so well.  Lindsay told me that the big industry in town was Nueske's.  Bacon makers!  Most of the folks in town worked at the plant or at something related to bacon.  http://www.nueskes.com/

I asked her about what goes on in town.  She said "nothing much"  The town did have 3 bars where people tended to spend their post plant time (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and David Coverdale were not spotted anywhere I might add) and that people mostly go to Wausau.  Wausau it's not just a cracker.

Then in rumbled a frosted hair lass of about 30.  I said "Hi" she looked back at me and said "Hey, you look familiar".  I said "I get that a lot".  Then she said in a very restrained voice "Stop looking at my face and it had nothing to do with drinking, It's been two weeks, I'm trying to cover it up".  I said "I hear you" and just then noticed a large black and blue down the left side of her face.  It was vague but, it was there.

I left it at that and she left Diane's. 

Coffee gone so was I off to Minneapolis or so I thought. 

I snooped around for a bacon outlet but, realized that bacon transport wasn't in my future and then drove though and out of this quiet town.  Stephen King quiet.
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