Wisconsin State Journal, 12/18/1991
The alarm is set for 5:30, a half hour earlier than usual, due to the fact that I need to be in Appleton by 9. I make it there with an hour to spare. I'm disappointed to find the Casbah restaurant closed, so I settle for breakfast at Burger King. College Avenue, to my horror, is a shell of its former self. The Grand Chute mall has certainly sucked most of the life out of downtown.
The reference workshop goes very well. I really zip through my material with confidence. I stay for lunch, hitting the road at 2, and take a detour through Oshkosh to press a few memory cells. I remember how many times I saw the same views from the seat of my bicycle. Once in Madison, I stop at the credit union to cash my honorarium check, then unload the six boxes of books at the library. JoAnna wants KFC for dinner but I want to change and have a martini first. I take a few sips and then stash the glass in the freezer while Andy and I make the trek to KFC. The Middleton store has nothing ready, always a problem at this location. I can't resist making a few disparaging remarks as we leave. The store on Mineral Point Road is loaded with chicken.
We have a dinner party in the family room, something we would have never done with Barb, god forbid, still being here. JoAnna crashes early, and once again Andy and I stay up to watch Green Acres.