Many of the Hens on Ice coop wondered what to expect this week in Lincoln and no one had any answers. A few hens had been Kearney, few didn't know Nebraska was a place, and one bird said, "God bless you" after I said, "Nebraska" in the makeup room. While some birds expected Lincoln to be a bust, I remembered how much fun one could have in hotspots like Ft. Wayne, Biloxi, and Huntsville. As long as Lincoln wasn't another Erie, we'd be just fine.
I set out my first day to get some fresh air and buy a few essentials at Walgreens. Although it was frigid, I get coop fever too easily and couldn't just stay indoors while Lincoln was calling. Tired, dizzy, and cold, I knew I'd need coffee before braving Walgreens. I decided to try the locally-owned and cleverly-named coffee shop called, "The Coffee House." I immediately knew this was a local favorite with people ordering their "usuals" and loitering to use all the outlets and wifi. The barista asked if I'd like punch card. I politely declined, not living here, but now that I've been 3 times in 24 hours and the owner knows me, I feel like a dodo for not having one.
Reenergized, I wasn't ready for the doldrums of Walgreens. Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska, so why not check out the capital building? I flapped toward the tall structure, only to be distracted by a cat in the window of a local bookstore. I like books and cats, so I couldn't resist. Upon entering, I met another cat and a woman named Kat. I slowly browsed whatever books were near the cats, eyeing the best time to pet them (the cats, not the books). I felt a little odd just walking into a business to pet its cats, but Kat reassured me that petting Kat's cats was encouraged, or maybe tolerated. I forget, but there were lots of cats in there. I avoided petting Kat... I think.
After reading the famous address, I forgot my original purpose of venturing out, but I was craving a taste of academia. Lincoln is Cornhusker country, so I decided to tromp through the University of Nebraska campus and see if I still felt like a college student. I started in the bookstore, pawing through corncob hats and judging their selection of Spanish textbooks. It felt right. I proceeded to the main quad, lured by Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" blaring through the crisp air. As I started to booty pop, I realized these people were not my friends and no one else was dancing at 2 p.m. I patted down my feathers and tried to blend in again. There were a few booths set up, so I fluttered slow enough for people to offer me things. I left campus with a free hot chocolate, hard cover book, and CD. The book and CD may be religious propaganda, but they were free.
After making myself at home on campus to call a friend, I noticed the sun was starting to set. I didn't remember what I needed at Walgreens, but it was probably something like hot chocolate, religious propaganda, and cat petting. Thank you, Lincoln.
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