: Impromptu roadtrip to Iowa to visit Jesda. Pics and videos included!



I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-12-07, 03:22 PM
So Tanner and Brian went to a very large junkyard over in Somerset Wisconsin yesterday afternoon to get parts for both of their Cadillacs. They both got quite a good haul...I can't remember what all they got, but I know Brian finally scored a new rear bumper for his Brougham (off an '82 Sedan deVille) and Tanner got some electroluminescent crests for his '89, and some adjustable reading lamps from a FWD Fleetwood for either of his '89s. I couldn't go because I had to work, but I met up with them at a Pizza joint over in the cities and we went from there.

Jesda called me a few days ago to let me know that he was gonna be in Iowa, and said he'd be around if I wanted to meet up with him. I asked the guys if they wanted to go and they did. So after we got dinner, we all went over to my house and jumped in my car (because it's the only one with A/C lol) and hit the highway! We left Eagan around 7:30 or so, and got down to Ames (206 miles) at about 10:30-10:45. What a blast that was! Impromptu roadtrips rock!

The way down was filled with hilarious banter and commentary, mainly about the music we were listening to, cars we were passing and the forums. I set the cruise at about 78 mph the whole way down, and into the headwind, I got about 18.2 to the gallon! :eek:

I raced a late model Grand Am GT from an 80 mph roll and won! LOL! I was in the left lane, and he was in the right, and he'd pull up next to me, accelerate past me, slow down, get next to me and do it again. I was like "wtf is he doing" and then Brian was like "dude, he's trying to race you" and then it was on. Brian whipped the camera out and I took 'er to the floor and she eased on up to speeds in excess of 100, smooth and unstressed as can be.

On the way down, we had the brilliant idea to get Jesda a :chad: , thinking he'd never had one before, well he had, but he still enjoyed it (atleast he seemed like he liked it????) , and he said he would have it for his breakfast this morning. :barf:

Once we were over the Iowa border, my Cadillac turned into some sort of a "flying insect Auschwitz". I mean my windshield was COVERED with dead bugs, to the point of me hardly being able to see out of it! When I pulled over to get the :chad: , I had to clean it off.

Then on the rest of the way down, it was smooth and relatively boring. We got to the hotel Jesda was stayin' at at about 10:30 or so, and hung out with him and his buddy, who was there also for the Ron Paul (not Ron Popeil sadly) convention. I've never been surrounded by more politically active people in my life! I felt like I was living on the set of Fox News! Haha!

So we were all relatively hungry, so we set out to find food in Ames Iowa...not typically a hard task, but it was about 11PM by the time we left, so many of the places were closed, so we settled on an Applebees and were waited on by a particulary attractive waitress my age. All we had were some appetizers, and since I was the skinny guy surrounded by a more "rotund" bunch, I didn't get much food. Oh well. Jesda, being the very considerate man he is, payed the bill and the tip, no charge to us. Most excellent!

On the way back to his hotel room, we spotted a Cadillac/Toyota/Scion (wtf?!) dealership and went there after we dropped his buddy off. Their lot consisted of about 95% Toyota, 5% Cadillac. I shit you not. Major disappointment.

By that time, it was about 12:45 AM, so we had to drop Jesda back off and head back to the Twin Cities. We left the gas station in Ames at about 1:05 and were back to my house at 3:43. I was asleep by 4 AM at the latest. I did 75 mph the whole way back, and my mileage was better, not sure exactly how much better, but I'll take a guess and say it's over 20mph now, lol!

PICS!

It stormed very hard early Saturday morning in the Twin Cites. I was woken up at 3:36 by the sound of the civil defense siren, which in my post sleep confusion, I thought was a distant tornado. I turned the TV on to the weather channel to catch the "local on the 8's", and right as that was comin' on, the power went out. Damnit. So I looked up the radar on my cell phone and we were gettin' slammed...60mph straightline winds, hard rain, loads of thunder and lightning, but thankfully, no hail. Quite a mess it made!

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We saw this on the way down. It's an Excursion, and it looked like they were watching Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Funny
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This is where the speedo sat the entire time, down and back. Oh! I rolled over 139k miles on the trip down!
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Insect holocaust!
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Arrived in Ames...Jesda's rental Mitsubishi. I called it the "Gulanti"
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Brian standing by the Gulanti
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Jesda smoking a cigarette while opening the double Baconator. How very American.
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Jesda and Tanner at the Applebees, discussing something funny.
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Beauty and the bitch.
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I <3 these.
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I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-12-07, 03:29 PM
This is literally the end of the world. To quote Lewis Black, it's like that place in Houston where they have a Starbucks across the street from a Starbucks. This is the be all-end all of civilization.
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Cool picture, great backdrop.
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This is the pose of a man who's proud of what he's done in life. Jesda on the XLR: "oh, my pants are tight!"
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Tanner with the XLR
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1:11 AM and it's still 80* out. God damn.
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Our brilliant idea!
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Our discussion on the importance of Oasis' "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?"
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Racin' the Grand AM.
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Jesda gets the Baconator.
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My voice was really annoying that night, as was my laugh.

90Brougham350
08-12-07, 05:01 PM
Ah, what a good time! I was up this morning at 8am, couldn't sleep any longer! But I'll gladly take the hit on sleep for a great night with friends.

Florian
08-12-07, 09:27 PM
How ****in funny, offering bacon as a sign of friendship....I think that is brilliant!


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I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-12-07, 11:35 PM
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Do you like Cake?.....

99esteees
08-13-07, 12:07 AM
Sounds like fun.

Is that a dorm room by chance?

DopeStar 156
08-13-07, 01:33 AM
Shit dude, come to NJ, I'm bored and I could go for some bacon action.....

nickc50310
08-13-07, 01:47 AM
Sorry I couldnt make it up there Chad! Glad I stayed in Des Moines as I had some company late last night!

Jesda youre a hoe for not telling me you were coming to town! You should have at least stopped and said hi!!

gdwriter
08-13-07, 03:05 AM
Damn, it's too bad you guys are halfway across the country. That trip looks like too much fun.

Since Jesda is one of the more well traveled members around here, I think he should get a Baconator from anyone he sees in his travels.

So Jesda, the next time you're up in the Pacific Northwest, detour down to Oregon; they'll be a :chad: waiting for you!

eldorado99
08-13-07, 03:28 AM
If anyone ever makes it up to my neck of the woods (unlikely as it is) I'll buy them a Baconater! I'd like to meet some of you characters.

Jesda
08-13-07, 03:43 AM
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Havent shaved in months.
Haevnt cut my hair in months.
Put a lot of weight on.
Smoking a cigarette.
Holding a tri-powered super bacon burger.

BEST PICTURE EVER! I had it for breakfast... and unloaded it in multiple sessions at various stops along I-90. Much thanks!!

Jesda
08-13-07, 03:46 AM
Sorry I couldnt make it up there Chad! Glad I stayed in Des Moines as I had some company late last night!

Jesda youre a hoe for not telling me you were coming to town! You should have at least stopped and said hi!!

Youre right! Man, our schedule was so packed and we decided to actually go to Iowa at the very last minute (spent a couple days trying to plan hotels/transit/etc). We'll be back eventually.

Lord Cadillac
08-13-07, 09:45 AM
Damn.. I definitely want a Baconator.. But my quest for weightloss and life extension has me on a no red meat regimen.. It's been about 3 months now... All that bacon! Maybe I can make a veggy Baconator. :p

Ron Paul! Woo hoo!

Haha. Gulanti!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-13-07, 12:49 PM
Where's the pics you took Jesda?

nickc50310
08-13-07, 04:02 PM
Haha its all good Jesda! If I wasnt so busy lately I may have been interested to help support Ron Paul. I will vote for him if he wins the Republican nod. Unfortunately I dont think he will.

My vote is for Ron Paul or Fred Thompson.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-13-07, 04:26 PM
I just got back from a lunchdate with Ms :chad: . My left fingers and right ankle feel numb and I have a headache. I don't think that's a good thing.

MN-STS-LOVER
08-13-07, 04:43 PM
Sorry I missed that Chad...would have been great. Can't tell you how many times over the years that me and my buddy (now in FL) with the CTS have done that kind of thing. Just a little over a month ago I was visiting him in Tampa. The day I got there we stayed up and watched a Bond Flick. I was beat from the trip and was going to hit the sack. It was 1:30am and he suggested that we hit the road...go to South Beach in Miami and watch the sun rise.....Road Trip On!

Cadillacboy
08-13-07, 04:59 PM
Another Classical Chad Thread .....Humour, nice pics , videos, so much good stuff in it

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-13-07, 05:07 PM
Another Classical Chad Thread .....Humour, nice pics , videos, so much good stuff in it


Haha, well thanks, I am to please.


Sorry I missed that Chad...would have been great. Can't tell you how many times over the years that me and my buddy (now in FL) with the CTS have done that kind of thing. Just a little over a month ago I was visiting him in Tampa. The day I got there we stayed up and watched a Bond Flick. I was beat from the trip and was going to hit the sack. It was 1:30am and he suggested that we hit the road...go to South Beach in Miami and watch the sun rise.....Road Trip On!

Oh, Steve, I did get your voicemail Saturday night. No biggie you missed out. We're having another meet on the 26th...going to the Statefair, Nick might be there too.