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  #171 New August 30th, 2019 05:24 AM
My wife and I visited Shipshewana, Indiana earlier in the week on the way home from visitng our son in Milan, Michigan. We have been there before, but it has been a while, and I had never been to the Flea Market that is there on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May to September. If you have not been to Shipshewana, and are within about 6 hours or so driving distance, you are missing out on a slice of life that is divorced from the rush of the urban life style. I would not mind moving there, although my military views would render me more than a bit of an odd man out. Somehow, the sounds of a horse trotting on the payment if far more soothing a sound that one would think.

The food at the Blue Gate Restaurant was terrific, and I would have happily eaten just the ham and bean soup off of the buffet, but did think that branching out a bit would be a good idea. I did try the pickled eggs, and to my wife's horror, decided that I liked them. Now, if I could just find some way of bringing a few Mason jars home to go with my pickled Brussel Sprouts. Joking aside, the food was marvelous comfort food, and if we were a bit closer, I can see that I might have some problems with an expanding waistline. We did spend some time looking at the Amish and Mennonite hand-crafted wood furniture, and filed several things away for future consideration. The craftmanship in the furniture has to be seen to be fully understood. but it would be suitable for the finest house on the planet. I am looking forward to more visits, and hopefully have the chance to spend some time with an Amish family on one of their farms.

Major change of subject now, as indicated in the title of the post. A reporter decided to see for herself if it was harder to buy cold medicine that a gun at WAlmart. She discovered, and had the courage to write about, that buying a gun in Walmart in Virginia is not at all easy, and she never even got to the Federal Background Check level. After several hours over a three day period, she never did come close to buying a gun. If she had tried that in Illinois, she would have had a real shock when told that before she could even handle a firearm, she had to have a Illinois issued Firearm Owner's Identification Card, which takes about 30 to 35 days to get. In the gun shop that I patronize, you cannot even get into the gun sales area without a FIO card. There are some very strange ideas in the minds of some of the gun control people, which are quite wrong, as many of them have no idea as to what is already on the books, depending on the state. In Illinois, you have Chicago, and then you have the rest of the state. Chicago is okay to visit on occasion, but it is best to not to live too close.

Back to Shipshewana. Having been back there, I need to plug is some sort of quality factor for some times of trade goods. Given the food and the quality of workmanship, Vinland is going to have to have some sort of trade bonus for its good when resold to those off-planet. I just need to figure out how to handle that without messing up the game. Between the Amish and the farm markets shops in Door County, Wisconsin, I need to come up with some ideas.

By the way, did I mention the Amish Peanut Butter Spread and the heavenly Apple Butter? And the meatloaf, cannot forget the meatloaf.
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