As Seen at the Flying J, Lake Station, IN

Things move quickly at the Lake Station Flying J. If there’s a line at the front register the Cinnabon Lady can cash you out too. She can do everything the regular cashiers can, she shouts in a way that sends a message to regular cashiers everywhere. Can you work the scale too, a trucker asks. Sure can, honey, what’s yer number?

The action is hot outside too. A lady of an age to know better seeks assistance. Well God Bless You anyways, she tells me. She moves over to two road hogs and they aren’t as friendly. The trucker in the Pink Floyd shirt shakes the other’s hand when the announcement comes over the P.A. that number 29, your shower is ready, I repeat your shower is ready.

There’s another world here that you hold your nose at if you’re not a part of it. If you don’t have to be a part of it, pardon me. But something tells me that their world is the real world in a way our world will never understand.

route 66 museum dwight il on a steamy summer day. lake station

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Charlie Monte Verde

Charlie Monte Verde

As COA founder, Charlie cultivates original American art forms. Charlie was raised in Upstate New York before moving to Chicago, and honed his writing skills in Mrs. Bonar’s AP English class before he was bumped down to the regular English class.
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2 thoughts on “As Seen at the Flying J, Lake Station, IN

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    Hi, Charlie!

    If you would (similarly) follow MY blog,, that would be cool. It has no specific theme but often reviews movies, books and other such things that interest me. With 2 new political books out (“Obama’s Odyssey: The 2008 Race for the White House”) it’s loaded with political stuff right now, but if you go just a little bit farther back, you’ll find coverage of SXSW film festival and, soon, the Chicago International Film Festival.
    My biggest day as a blogger I had 983 hits. I don’t know if that makes me any sort of “expert,” although I was Yahoo’s Content Producer of the Year for Politics (2009).

    Connie Wilson
    P.S. I’ll be at the IWPA tent with my books (all 30 of them) Saturday from 10 to 2 and Sunday from 2 to 6, if you’re interested after checking them out at my author site.

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      Hi Connie- followed! If you get a chance to follow via email (upper right in sidebar), please do. We’re certainly aiming for 983 hits in a day, someday!

      I’m doing a shift at CWA tent as well (in my board member capacity). I’ll see you there.

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