F 1 D 0 - 2004 05 25 at 1315 Akron Ohio. Funny thing. This place would have appeared entirely suburban had we not taken a while to explore it ourselves in the morning! Last night, we had dinner with Mark and Chris, our hosts. We went to Steak and Shakes. It's a nice 24 hour diner, if you like your hamburgers thin. You can have as many as you like (single, double, triple) but for a place with "steak" in the name, I'd hope for something thick. (Remember Cleveland's Gold Coast Cafe, serving Vienna Beef? That had perfect burgers) I was left with the impression that we only had suburban delights here in Akron. Malls and big places with huge parking lots. Well, it ain't so! Akron has a lovely downtown, replete with places to walk, art studios and galleries, cafes, big buildings, libraries and all of the bits and pieces you expect from a city. It has as much as Hamilton or Guelph. A university, a bus system, and lots of pedestrians in the downtown. We found Market Street, and that's the line where have the streets are named (something) North, the other are (something) South. Lots of happy living businesses, and not too many boarded up scary ones. In fact, I didn't see any scary people here. This is a good thing. We should wake up our hosts, and find out if they want to lunch with us, or if we just take the time to say goodbye to them, and head off towards Boston or New Jersey. You heard right, gentle reader, we don't know which city to head to. We'll decide soon. It's been a wonderful day so far. Breakfast at Waffle House. I continue to think of Zig Ziglar's description of the people who work there. It's accurate. They're hard working and very motivated. The entire kitchen is in plain sight, and they don't rely on modern technology to get things done. Paper handwritten receipts, simple cash registration, and shouting between the cooks and the servers get things done. We had a steak and eggs breakfast there. Mine was perfect. So was Jeff's. High praise from us. It was a big drive - while it is Akron, the sign said "Welcome to Springfield". Wow, right away we saw a pink cadillac. I went to see if I'd run into Homer Simpson here. Ok, we should wake up the nice people. Akron was good, and they've been good hosts to us. We've learned plenty about gaming and Dungeons and Dragons in particular. There's more to say, but ...That's all for now.