Sarah Staar IM Newsletter- Swimming with Snakes
As you probably know I have been in the USA (Land of the Free And The Home of The Brave….),visiting relatives in Iowa with my Mum.
Having been back a week it has given me the time to reflect on my experiences.
We were visiting a small town called Williamsburg. Williamsburg is actually quite a wealthy town due mainly to the fortunes of one particular family – Victorian style philanthropy !
The hotel we were staying in was really rubbish, having been repossessed by the bank and NOT taking cash – only credit cards !
However it had a lovely swimming pool, and with temperatures in the 30s one morning my mother and I went down to the pool for a quick dip.
My mother got in first and did a couple of lengths, I was about to get in when……..
“Err Mum, don’t look now but you might want to get out.. FAST !”
There was a snake in the pool, doing lengths with my Mum !!
Now I have to say that both my mother and I weren’t too shocked, as when I was growing up we did have two pet snakes..
However, it was still a shock to see a snake in the swimming pool!! After al,l we didn’t know whether it was poisonous and not…
You don’t see that in your local swimming pool very often….
So we landed in Chicago and hired a car to get to Williamsburg, 300 miles away.
Before setting off I thought it would be an excellent idea to see if I could hire a Tesla.
After all Tesla’s are made in America so there’s bound to be Tesla superchargers all over the place, right?
After a couple of Google searches I quickly found a car hire company that hired out Tesla cars. My next job was to plot my route via the superchargers.
It quickly became apparent that there aren’t very many Tesla superchargers in America !! In fact there aren’t any superchargers in the center of Iowa….. So I had to scrap that idea and rent a Mercedes instead. By the way I really didn’t like the Mercedes….
I guess sometimes you just have preconceptions of places, my preconception was that since the Tesla car was made in America there’d be a supercharger on every block….
I guess Tesla’s are more of a big city or small country thing……
Plane food is not what it used to be. There I was sitting in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Heathrow airport with my mother.
Wow how times have changed… I remember airport food being absolutely terrible, pretty much everywhere in the world, so I wasn’t expecting to have a nice meal before I got on the plane…
As you might expect the food was incredible, however, it was not expensive…. More of a very upmarket diner. Along one wall were carefully placed plug sockets so that people could get out their laptop and write a quick newsletter to send out to their list…
To all Internet marketers, if you’re stuck in Heathrow airport you need to visit Plane Food…
Culture Shock !
I always find it fascinating to see how people live in different countries.
But staying in a hotel means you don’t get to see much of the real country and its people, however on this trip we were visiting relatives in Iowa.
I think I spent a little bit too much money on Madison Avenue in Chicago. When I was unpacking my suitcase last week Dave saw one of the labels on a new top I bought, how much!!
Thing is they have the ticket price.. And then add sales tax !! which changes your perception of the real cost…..
Big City Chicago vs Rural Iowa
Chicago is everything you’d kind of expect from a modern busy city. Iowa, on the other hand, is incredibly rural and beautiful.
300 miles outside Chicago people in Iowa seemed mainly concerned about their own affairs with very little awareness of what was going on in the outside world. Home schooling was a shock !
Trump vs Clinton
One of the things we wanted to do was see what people thought about the Presidential Election, after all the media in the UK have been running this as a big story for the last 4 months !
Visited 6 bars, all showing sports, but the 7th had a spare screen.
Asked the barkeep if we could watch the debate, the guy just handed me the remote control and I switched it on myself.
My Mum and I were the only people in the place watching the debate, no-one seemed the slightest bit interested.
I guess I had visions of everybody crowded round the TV set cheering and jeering at every point that Clinton and Trump made… I was so wrong…
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The Neon Demon
Any film by the director Nicolas Winding Refn I’m interested in seeing, after all he did direct the film Drive….. which by the way I think is a work of art.
Neon Demon is very strange, an arthouse horror movie about beauty and vanity.
This is definitely not a commercial film, but If you’re into beautifully shot cinematography and fantastically composed music this is definitely the film for you.
Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, in the lead role in a movie about drugs, I had to see this…
Well I was not disappointed This is a fantastic film which will probably win an award or two. It’s the story about how federal agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes under-cover to infiltrate the trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
This film is not actually out on Blu-ray in the UK, I purchased this movie in Best Buy in Chicago and bought it back to the UK because I couldn’t wait to see it.
This is probably one of the best films I’ve seen in the last three months… Some amazing acting by Bryan Cranston, Particularly in the restaurant scene with his wife when they went out for their anniversary dinner…..
Have a wonderful week whatever you’re doing,
All the best,
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