That plan didn't work...thanks to some trickier that planned technical issues and some cross-threaded bolts (whoever did this, I hate you); my hope of getting repairs completed in about an hour were dashed. It turned into a 5+ hour ordeal...and left me with some homework. Thankfully, Kelly was a big help and we did end up playing a few games of pinball (sorry about making you work so much!). We trudged out of the arcade a bit after 11pm and started to head for home...drained.
I was feeling pretty worn out...but then a distant image appeared on the horizon (OK across the parking lot). Is that...is that...I think that is....is it, it is...The NUTmobile! Obviously, I had to get closer. It's after 11pm, no meeting Mr Peanut for me. I would have to settle for a picture.
What an awesome way to end the night? It would have been great to meet Mr Peanut, but I am sure he had many important nut-related activities the next day and I wouldn't want to interrupt his sleep. He is almost 100 years old now. I am not sure about the human year to peanut year ratio is...but I am guessing that 99 is on the more mature side for a peanut.
Feeling better about the night, we turn the corner...and Oh My God!
The Oscar Mayer WienerMobile is parked in the same hotel...cleverly hidden behind this tree. I have loved the Wienermobile since I was a kid. Who hasn't? I have never got to see it in person, something has always come up, ruining every opportunity for me to visit the grand frankfurter tabernacle. I was pretty excited, but made myself stay in the car to temper my enthusiasm. If not, I was liable to A) run through the hotel knocking on every door looking for the Hotdoggers in order to get a whistle, B) climb the WienerMobile and ride that thing like I am Slim Pickens in Dr Strangelove.
I was a little sad, not to get out and enjoy the wienermobile to its fullest, but not being arrested for disrupting many a hotel guests or defacing a sausage shaped automobile; reminded me that it was all for the best. I guess the WeinerMobile and I will remain like two ships that pass in the night. Longfellow knows my pain.
What amazing event has drawn these two titans into a meeting? I am unsure. I can't find anything about anything in Des Moines...google searches show a lot of press about a visit last year, but nothing about this year. I guess they needed to rest on their trek, spreading joy across the country...so it was truly serendipity that I saw them.
Which WienerMobile did I have the honor of (almost) meeting? "OH I WISH." The best one (in my opinion). What a great night. One down, five to go. Until we meet again, #WeinerMobile, I will see you in my dreams.
|OH I WISH - the flagship of the fleet|