Hotels are like libraries, except we are the ones checked out and generally are not returned in two weeks. We checked out in the morning, picked up Aspie, and drove over to Milwaukee which is the largest city in Wisconsin, and next to the lake. The international student had a friend there and he went for lunch with her. She was a similar Asian grad student except she was in Econ and went to Marquette (an extremely white campus founded by Jesuits).
She took us to an insipid local diner with some of the worst food I’ve ever had. I ordered a chef’s salad and it was more meat than vegetable. In a restaurant that I’m not sure of, I’ll generally order a salad because they’re hard to fuck up. But these guys were severely inept, and the restaurant was relatively full. Also the waitresses were fat old white women and the customers were fat white people. Three Asians and a Jew did not fit in. This diner was visited by the Clintons in the past and by the Obama wife recently, and they had a life-size cardboard cutout of her in the middle of the restaurant. It also did not fit in. Everyone at my table appeared to hate the food.
So we each had a little detour (me, Aspie, and international) where we visited a friend. International’s friend was well-adjusted and somewhat attractive, Aspie’s friend was really weird but he’s an artist and was raised my missionaries so his upbringing permanently fucked him up, no getting around that. But my friend was really weird and short and fat and read fantasy novels and laughed at Tolkien jokes. So maybe meeting people on the internet isn’t a great way to make a lot of well-adjusted attractive people.
We made it back to Minneapolis (the intermediate rest stop in Wisconsin was lovely) and I was dropped off at around 7 PM. It was 80 degrees out and I was too tired to be unusual.