So we flew home expecting to be sent to Phoenix on our return to California. However, two days before our flight back to Vegas we were told we’d be going to Hallock, MN instead. It’s funny- apparently they were going to send someone else from the Cali job there, but he threatened to quit, so they sent us in his place. Stupid games you can play in this company. From all the stories I’ve heard, if you threaten to quit when you don’t get what you want, chance are they’ll give in to your demands. The problem comes with the possibility that they’ll just reply “ok, nice working with you” instead. We’re not ready to risk this job just to go to Phoenix for a month. The downside with Hallock is that it is essentially in the middle of nowhere. Also, the population is roughly 950 people. Everything we’d heard pointed to it being really hard to find a place to live, so I was not looking forward to this move.
So we got back to Brawley and got all our stuff packed up. We ended up leaving on the afternoon of the 4th. We got as far as Holbrook, AZ the first night. It was really late when we stopped, and the first hotel actually kicked us out. It was so bizarre. We went into the office, and the guy asked for an address. I questioned back “why” and he basically went off on us, saying “haven’t you ever been to a hotel before” and some other stupid questions. I tried to hand him my ID so he could have the address, but he apparently would have rather had me tell him or something, and said “get out”. One of the craziest things to ever happen. So… don’t try to stay at the Travelodge in Holbrook, the dude is nuts. After that we got back in the car and drove across the street to another hotel, who seemed to be fine with us.
The next day we drove all the way to Colorado Springs, to stay with Dan’s aunt and uncle- Gina and Jason. We got in around 8:30pm, and basically had some food and talked for a while before heading to bed. The next day we decided to stay in the area, as my car needed an oil change and Dan’s alternator had been giving him trouble. So we took care of those and got to spend more time with everybody. We went to supper with his other cousin, Carmen who also lives in the area. Then we came back to Jason and Gina’s for dessert and played a game with them called “Wits and Wagers”. It was pretty fun.
The next morning we headed out again, and drove to Omaha, NE. Dan’s other cousins- Bill and Lacey moved there recently, so we found their apartment and stayed with them. We grabbed dinner at a nearby brewery then came back to the apartment and talked until way later than we planned to stay up. In the morning Lacey made a yummy peach french toast casserole. We hit the road again and headed east a bit more to find another of Dan’s cousins, Jeremiah.
Apparently he lives on a farm east of Omaha, and we needed to drop off his motorcycle, which we had rescued from a storage unit in El Centro. We found the place, met three of the dogs that also live on the farm- a retriever, a basset hound and a St. Bernard. We unloaded the bike and rearranged some of our stuff to balance the weight and were off again. It was a long day of driving, and we didn’t make it to Hallock until about 11pm.
We drove around town a bit, getting a feel for the three hotels there. Two are pretty run down and junky, but the third seemed decent. The price wasn’t too bad for a couple nights, but they didn’t offer weekly rates, which worried me, since most of the leads on housing seemed to come up empty.
Thankfully, Josh was able to find a two bedroom apartment in this 8-plex that a few other guys were living in. It’s nothing fancy- pretty dated, the carpet has lots of stains, and I even had to clean all the counters and scrub the shower tiles before we moved everything in. However, it’s a place to live with a kitchen. There is no way we’d be able to live in this town without a kitchen- there’s only two restaurants plus a gas station to eat at. That would get really annoying and unhealthy.