For real. It was sunny all day long (I was able to run outside this morning), but I spent some time working in my hotel room after I got back from work today, and now that I’m ready to go out and explore, it’s raining again. Like pouring down rain. Lots of water is falling from the sky, really fast. So I’ve given up and ordered food to be delivered. It’s my last night, but I’m doing a repeat of my trip home from North Carolina and getting up at 3:30 in the morning so I can make it to the airport on time for my stupidly early flight home. So I’m okay with staying in.
I did get to see a little bit of Duluth. I found a jogging path that goes right along the lake, and I ran across Duluth’s aerial lift bridge (while it was down, of course).
So that was neat. I guess. I’m sorry. I have NO enthusiasm for this town and I’m going to stop apologizing for it. I don’t have to like every place I go. I do feel like I did my part in supporting local businesses, though. Today, anyway. I had breakfast at the New London Cafe, which was adorably cute. (Yes, you read that right. It wasn’t just adorable, not just cute, but adorably cute.) I wish I’d been able to get there for lunch, but I didn’t have enough time. I liked them so much that I just went to their website and sent them a message. ‘Cause I’m nice like that. On my way home from work, I stopped at this used bookstore I’d been driving by every day. I tried to resist, but I failed. And come on – how could I not check it out? It’s a pretty good little store with crazy-low prices, made even lower by the girl who rang me up. According to the signs, I should have been paying between $1 and $2 for each of the two books I was buying, but she said she’s allowed to do her own pricing and she was WAY too excited about that. She was clearly still in high school, very young, and she’s working there for free, and then she only charged me $1.08. For both books. She said it was accurate, so I didn’t complain. And then she said I had to go this bakery just down the street ’cause at the end of the day, they sell cookies and muffins and things at a major discount. She didn’t have to tell me twice. They had a poppy seed muffin, which is good enough for me, but it was filled with custard, and that makes it heavenly. 🙂 So I got one (and a cookie) for the jaw-droppingly low price of 93 cents. How do these places stay in business? Does it cost that little to live here? My breakfast (two eggs over easy on toast) was only $3.03. I think I may have overstated when I said I supported local businesses today.