Mason City Monday

We had to be up near Mason City, Iowa, this morning so we stayed at the Historic Park Inn again last night.

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Traveler tip: always sign up for hotel loyalty programs – we scored a free upgrade last night.

The HPI only has 27 rooms and I’m pretty sure we were their only guests last night. We worked out, had Chinese for dinner downtown and watched Alaska: The Last Frontier. We don’t have HBO at home, so watching the season premier of Game of Thrones would have been a cruel tease. We’ll wait until it’s on DVD. Or until someone gives us their HBOgo login. Ahem.

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Anyway. The HPI gets big points for its reasonable rates, quirky Frank Lloyd Wright design and heated bathroom floors. So posh.

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In work related news, I need to learn more about plumbing and water pressure. Seems like half the customer issues we deal with are related to water pressure. I love meeting the hog farmers (growers) and watching them care for their pigs. Many of them sell to big corporations like Hormel or Swift, but most are family operations. Today we’re in a barn owned by a guy about our age, and his dad helps out.

Piglets really like their wet-dry feed and are not known for taking turns. And once in a while a little guy will just crawl right on in. Sort of the equivalent of pulling up a chair and hogging an entire buffet. (See what I did there?)

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The nursery pigs get extra points for cuteness.  Hi!

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Also, you know what’s good? BBQ at Hickory Park in Ames. Nom nom.

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