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Headed to Ann Arbor this afternoon with a long shopping list from friends. It was the second day of above 60 F temperatures that today came with a lot of wind. In this year with no winter we have also skipped Spring and jumped into Road Construction. Again I say "weird!"

Eight-plus raptors in the air and a lot of road kill. The winter has been so warm they didn't starve so instead they became sacrifice to the ghod of cars. A couple of coyotes, a deer, an awful lot of raccoons and and one skunk died sometime today. As I navigated the road trying not to be blown off I realized that perhaps all this death was from drivers of smaller cars than mine. They didn't want to be blown off the road.

Got to Ann Arbor and it wasn't busy so they might also be on spring break. Made a number of circuits of the Detroit Street area until we found a parking space and then headed into Zingerman's Deli and nirvana. There were signs all around proclaiming that the Ides of March was their 30th Anniversary in business. I started eating there right after they opened. ...sigh...30 ?????? years...

They are still mid-renovation and you can see pictures here. I got out my list and starting collecting things as soon as we were inside the door. We quickly filled the shopping basket, refused to look at most of the stuff on display (away, away tempting evil things!!!) and progressed to the sandwich counter. Two women had sort of stopped in the middle of the area and were staring at the signage. I heard one ask the sandwich order person "how do you choose?" and his reply was "start with a meat?". I went to the other person taking orders and gave her Cami's and my order with a few take out sandwich orders from friends. We then moved to the checkout line and amazed the person at the register. We had a lot of food and she laughed when we said it was for six people. I think we set a new record and only spent a total of less than $200. The order included but was not limited to sandwiches (they are the two meal sort), bread, salads, hash, cheese, corned beef and yummy Dulce de Leche for Karren.

We ate our sandwiches -- actually me a half and Cami a WHOLE sandwich (it was the nosher size however) --then came home again battling the wind. I was backing into the driveway when the phone rang -- the start of the ravening hordes descending on my house began.