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Walking Tour of Ottawa or Hey I got a Flat Tire

I woke up this morning, had some scrambled eggs and grits and headed to my friends house.  We had a 9:30 meeting, then I planned on going to the coffee shop, finish my eBay article, plan the confirmation retreat, figure out how to post my confirmation class info on the internet so those kids could get the work they missed before our big “graduation”.

As I walked out of my friends house I saw this…

Please ignore the dirty car.. if you remember I have a good excuse.. I live in the middle of no where.

After much discussion I decided I would go to the coffe shop any way, call a few tire places and have them go fix the tire. I received several quotes of $75.  Being the cheap skate I am, I told The Man to come and get me when he was done at work.

These next photos.. are basiclly what I did from 1:00PM to 7:00PM

Here’s my little work station at The Potter’s Wheel (where you can get awesome sandwiches) I have everything there a girl could need.  My laptop, phone, earpiece, Blueberry iced tea, camera, Mp3 player, PayPal card holder, and box of eBay stuff to write up. (there’s also book on how to plan a retreat and a Girl Scout book)

I settled into my workstation, ate some lunch, and figured out that one of my nine pairs of headphones were not placed back into my bag after one of my children borrowed them.  I could not make it through the day without some headphones, so I headed down to Radio Shack.

I love this little area between two buildings, with the red bud hovering over the benches

This is the Franklin County Courthouse.  It was built by George Washburn (see the wood dude? I think that’s a carving of him)

The front view.. pretty building huh?

There’s the post office.. I’ve takes several packages there. The Ottawa Post office SCANS my boxes.

Here’s one of my favorite places to eat in Ottawa.  The cheese dip is awesome.

Tip Toe through the Tulips.. even in Kansas

Two blocks.. and we are at Radio Shack

Nice shot of Main Street.

War Memorial

See that.. right there.. that person in the black.. that’s our parking patrol.

They mark the tires of all the vehicles that sit on Main street.  If you sit more than 2 hours you are getting a ticket.  Normally I would be worried.. but since I have don’t have the wheels.. I have to rely on my Fit Flops.

I love the way this building looks.

Fabulous Artwork back at the coffee house.

I don’t live in Ottawa, and I’m not from there.  But it sure has grown on me since I came. The first time I visited this little town I thought “Holy Smokes all they have is a McDonald’s and a Sonic”.  But Ottawa is so much more than that.  It is where people know your name, and even if they don’t most people all smile and wave.

Around 7:00pm The Man showed up a the coffee shop. To some people being at the coffee shop all day would be nuts.. but I love it there.  I can put on my headphones and work on my article, eBay stuff or whatever.  If I feel like talking there is always someone there to talk to.

Here’s the man.. changing my tire 🙂

This is where he was telling me I would owe him royalties for taking his photo.

The spare…

It’s time for the lowering of the car…

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