Well it seems that Minnesota also gets its share of rain. It’s supposed to rain the whole time I’m here. The rain started after I had stopped for a nice lunch at a Perkins along the highway. There had been some construction areas but they were not “stop and go”s they were just down to one lane in each direction and didn’t delay the drive much. But, when the rain came, it was a downpour. Fortunately, most drivers slowed down and used common sense. I even went off at a rest area for a bit as did many others. However, as in Canada, there are drivers who don’t use daytime lights even in foul weather so extreme caution is called for. There are no personally shot photos for today of the lake and tree terrain of Minnesota.
The day started well enough. I got up, showered, went to the pool for a swim and a soak in the hot tub, then back to my room where I made breakfast. I watched a Columbo on TV while I ate, then packed everything into the car carefully, dropped my key and survey sheet at the main desk, and headed off to get gas before hitting the highway. Hmm. That’s where I made my first mistake. I’m used to the grades starting with the lowest at the left and the highest at the right. I like the price on the sign and didn’t notice that the grades weren’t set up in the usual fashion until I noticed the price was wrong. The picture at the left I found on the Internet and it, too, doesn’t go in order, but it’s the opposite way around from the one I was at this morning. I had the left-hand grade as usual and ended up with the middle grade instead which was 5¢ a gallon more and not the grade I usually get. It threw me so much that I ended up leaving without my receipt. Anyway, a cautionary tale and I’ll be more careful from now on.
So I’m in a small motel near the metro which is a bit noisy tonight but will be handy for going uptown tomorrow. Since it’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow again, I doubt I’ll be throwing a tam up in the air anywhere. I’ve looked up a site about locations shot over the years for the Mary Tyler Moore Show and it’s very interesting. About the only site worth seeing today is the Nicollet Mall where Mary took Bess shopping and where there’s a restaurant where she had lunch with a friend (who was actually played by Grant Tinker, her real life husband at the time) and so I’m thinking I’ll go there (right on the metro route) in the morning, shop a bit, have lunch there, and maybe go to the Wells Fargo Museum which is only a couple of blocks away and has the added attraction of being free.
I learned some interesting things about the old Victorian house where Mary, Rhoda, and Phyllis lived. In the show, it was supposed to be at 119 N Weatherly Ave but in reality, it stands at 2104 Kenwood Parkway. The owner was a university professor who grew tired of the notoriety of it and all the tourists it attracted and wanted the show to move Mary to a different location. When it appeared they weren’t interested in changing the location (1973), he put signs on his front lawn, “Impeach Nixon”. Mary moved to an apartment building. The house has been remodelled and looks quite different than in the show. I’ve seen different things
online. I’ve seen the house listed as a museum but many reviews as late as August, 2017, say it’s a private home and you just get to peek in the window and have a photo op if you’re lucky. I don’t know if I’ll have time to go looking for it or not. Having seen Minneapolis’ rush hour traffic first hand today, I’m not sure I want to go badly enough. If you’re interested in knowing more about other locations for the show, you can visit this website which I enjoyed very much.
Minneapolis has really good information and videos online about how to ride their different public transit systems and I think I know how to go about it but I’ll check with the front desk in the morning before heading off. I’m a couple of blocks from the station and can get a senior’s day pass. I sent out for pizza and have leftovers for tomorrow night, and I have an umbrella in the trunk of the car, so I think I have a firm plan. I also booked my last motel for Olean, NY, for Thursday night and so that’s all set, too. Cheers for now from Minneapolis, Minnesota!