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Farming Windmills

July 14, 2009

Driving back home I’d purchased an atlas somewhere in Alabama. That GPS is fine but not fine enough. I needed to see where I was on a real map.


This is not the atlas. This is just to show you what Iowa looks like. I’d bet alot of you have no idea what Iowa looks like. I barely know and I live right on top of it. We spent a night on the way down to Alabama in Keokuk, Iowa. See that bottomest rightest town down there? We stayed there. Just thought you’d like to know.

On our way home, when we got to back into Iowa, I was doing a little bit of driving (Ricky Nugget had done most of the driving. And by “most” I mean “except for the 2 hours that I drove”) and Ricky Nugget was perusing my new atlas. (The next 2 photos are actual scanned images of my new atlas)

iowa map near iowa city

As we were nearing Iowa City, Ricky Nugget said, “This is the future birthplace of James T. Kirk” he said.

“How can you remember that?” I asked. Which is a question I’m forever asking Ricky Nugget, my own Wikipedia. He can remember everything. Why just about an hour earlier he and Thing 1 had been talking about Communist China and Ricky Nugget was spewing who was the Chinese leader in 1948. All sorts of crap that made me question my own intelligence.  People will tell me “you are, too, smart!” (while patting my  head) and all I can do is compare myself to my husband, Rainman.

“It says here on the map” he replied.

“What do you mean ‘it says here on the map?'” I asked.

And then he showed me.

iowa map kirk

Well, I’ll be damned. Somebody in the atlas-making world has a sense of humor. I think I bought myself a great atlas and can’t wait to find out if there are other nerd facts in it.

I’d like to give a special shout-out to the Breakfast Gal at the Fairfield Inn in Keokuk, Iowa.

Homegirl was the hardest damn worker I have ever seen in my life. She maintained that breakfast room like nothing I’d ever seen before. She was the hovercraft of the breakfast room. The minute I took a bagel, she put in another bagel (never mind that there were still 7 bagels ready to be taken). The minute somebody took a creamer out of the basket, she took that basket out, added a new creamer, and realigned it all. Nothing was out of place. Nothing went without replacement within mere seconds of someone taking an item.

It was like OCD had found it’s place. Bless you, Keokuk Fairfield Inn Breakfast Gal.

I will have you know that Ricky Nugget put me through some Immersion Therapy to and from home. He drove us smack dab through the middle of one of those Windmill Farms.

“It’s a wind farm, not a windmill farm” he corrected me.

And that got me to imagining it as a windmill farm. Planting little bitty windmill seeds then harvesting the grown windmills in the fall, under one of those giant harvest moons.

Made me like those windmills more.

Makes me want to write a children’s book about a farmer who grows windmills.

No. You  may not steal my idea.

Besides, your book wouldn’t have my details including buff teenage farm boys baling windmills, would it?

I thought not.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2009 10:41 am

    You mean they don’t grow from seeds? I am amazed at how the roads in Iowa all seem to be set up in squares. Weird, huh? Maybe it’s to accommodate all the baby windmills..

    • July 14, 2009 11:09 am

      I love how most of the roads follow a grid. It makes it a lot easier to figure out how to get back on track when you have to take a detour on gravel.

  2. Gretchen permalink
    July 14, 2009 11:00 am

    It cracks me up to hear you talk about Iowa. I dated a guy from Keokuk in college. He sometimes replaced the middle “k” in Keokuk with an “f.” Sound it out!

  3. July 14, 2009 11:13 am

    I get such a kick out of reading other peoples’ thoughts on Iowa. If you write a book about Mr. Windmill Farmer, I would read it. Windmill seeds = awesome!

  4. gardenqueen permalink
    July 14, 2009 1:09 pm

    As a bona fide girl geek, I love the part about the atlas. I’d be looking through that thing all the time.

  5. July 14, 2009 3:14 pm

    Wind farms or windmill farms — call ’em what you will, I think they’re beautiful.

    By the way, I do know what Iowa looks like — in fact, when I looked at the first map, I registered the shape *before* I read the words. And my mind says, “that is shaped like Iowa.”

    We had this jigsaw puzzle when I was a kid. I can name any state by its outline.

  6. July 14, 2009 4:18 pm

    I love that the Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk is marked on the map. Nerds of the world, unite!

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