Town Sign Project: Crawford County

A couple weeks back, on the same day that I harvested all the town signs I was missing for Carroll County, I continued west and also harvested all the signs I was missing in Crawford County. That ended up being less than I expected.

I didn’t find anything of real historical interest in Crawford County, so here are some facts about Crawford County:

+ Crawford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,096. Its county seat is Denison. The county was named for William Harris Crawford, U.S. senator from Georgia and United States Secretary of the Treasury.
+ In January 1851, the Iowa Legislature authorized the creation of 50 additional counties in the state. Due to its lack of inhabitants, the designated Crawford County area was attached to Shelby County for purposes of revenue, taxation, and judicial matters.
+ In 1855 there were sufficient settlers, who petitioned for separation from Shelby. This was granted, and a county governing structure was established. The county as then designated did not include its present western townships.
+ In 1865, four eastern townships of Monona County were separated from that county and incorporated into Crawford County’s boundary.
+ After several adjustments and reorganizations, the present arrangement of Crawford County townships was completed in June 1872.

Here is the Crawford County Photo Map (borders, not remotely accurate):

Crawford County Photo Map
Crawford County Photo Map

And with Crawford County completed, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:

Town Sign Project - 10 Counties

10 counties completed. 10.1% of the state conquered.

Here are the Crawford County signs:

Denison, Iowa
Denison, Iowa
City of Denison – “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Population: 8,298

Schlewswig, Iowa
Schleswig, Iowa
Schleswig – Est. 1899
Population: 882

Manilla, Iowa
Manilla, Iowa
Population: 776

Dow City, Iowa
Dow City, Iowa
Dow City – Est.1869
Population: 510

Charter Oak, Iowa
Charter Oak, Iowa
Welcome to Charter Oak
Population – 502

Vail, Iowa
Vail, Iowa
Welcome to Vail – A small town with a BIG heart
Population: 436

Westside, Iowa
Westside, Iowa
Population: 299

Kiron, Iowa
Kiron, Iowa
Population: 279

Deloit, Iowa
Deloit, Iowa
Welcome to DELOIT – Oldest Town In Crawford County
Population: 264

Ricketts, Iowa
Ricketts, IOwa
Ricketts – “Middle of Nowhere”
Population: 145

Arion, Iowa
Arion, Iowa
Welcome to Arion
Population: 108

Buck Grove, Iowa
Buck Grove, Iowa
Buck Grove
Population: 43

Aspinwall, Iowa
Aspinwall, Iowa
Aspinwall – Still A Little Slice of Paradise – Est. 1882
Population: 40

Boyer, Iowa
Boyer, Iowa
Former City

Crawford County is not a hotbed of great signs, but at least almost all the signs are respectable. Last week, at least a couple people let me know that they thought that the Arcadia sign was very phallic. I’m sure the same people will feel the same way about the Dow City sign. Perhaps it is the worst in Crawford County. The Aspinwall sign is peculiar because they took all the time and energy to put a slogan on the sign, but they put it so small that a person would need to stop their car, get out their magnifying glass, and get up close to the sign to even figure out what it says.

I think Best in Show is pretty much a no-brainer. I do like the Denison sign because I love Donna Reed and I love IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Absolutely one of the greatest movies ever made. Period. Here is her bio from the Internet Movie Database:

Donna Reed was born in the midwestern town of Denison, Iowa, on January 27, 1921, as Donna Belle Mullenger. A small town – a population of less than 3,000 people – Denison was located by the Boyer River, and was the county seat of Crawford County. Donna grew up as a farm girl, much like many young girls in western Iowa, except for one thing – Donna was very beautiful. That wasn’t to say that others weren’t as pretty, it’s just that Donna’s beauty stood out from all the other local girls, so much so that she won a beauty contest in Denison. Upon graduation from high school Donna left for college in Los Angeles, in the hopes of eventually entering movies.

While at Los Angeles City College, she pursued her dream by participating in several college stage productions. In addition to the plays, she also won the title of Campus Queen. At one of those stage plays Donna was spotted by an MGM talent scout and was signed to a contract. Her first film was a minor role in MGM’s The Getaway (1941). That was followed by a small part in Babes on Broadway (1941), with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland as a secretary. Afterwards, MGM began giving her better parts, in films such as The Bugle Sounds (1942), The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942) and The Man from Down Under (1943). In 1944 she received second billing playing Carol Halliday in See Here, Private Hargrove (1944), a comedy about a reporter drafted into the army who eventually meets up with Donna’s character as a worker in the canteen. The following year Donna starred in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), her best role to date. It was a love story set in London in 1890. It got mixed critical reviews but did well at the box-office. Donna was now one of the leading ladies of Hollywood. In 1946 she starred in what is probably her best-known role, as the wife of James Stewart in the classic It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). This timeless story is a holiday staple to this day. The film also starred Lionel Barrymore and Thomas Mitchell. The next year Donna starred as Ann Daniels in Paramount’s Beyond Glory (1948) with Alan Ladd, which did well at the box-office. Her next role was the strongest she had had yet–Chicago Deadline (1949), again with Ladd. It was one of the best mystery dramas to come out of Hollywood in a long time, and did very well at the box office. As the 1940s faded out and the 1950s stormed in, Donna’s roles got bigger but were mainly of the wholesome, girl-next-door type. In 1953, however, she starred as the hostess Alma in the widely acclaimed From Here to Eternity (1953). She was so good in that film she was nominated for and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, beating out such veterans as Thelma Ritter and Marjorie Rambeau. The film itself won for Best Picture and remains a classic to this day. Later that year Donna starred in The Caddy (1953), a comedy with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Three years later she landed the role of Sacajawea in The Far Horizons (1955), the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, starring Charlton Heston and Fred MacMurray. After finishing The Whole Truth (1958), Donna began her own TV series (produced by her husband), The Donna Reed Show (1958), a hit that ran for eight years. She was so effective in the show that she was nominated for TV’s prestigious Emmy Award as Best Actress every year from 1959-1962. She was far more popular in TV than on the screen. After the run of the program, Donna took some time away from show business before coming back in a couple of made-for-TV movies (in 1974, she had made a feature called Yellow-Headed Summer (1974), but it was never released)

She did get the role of Ellie Ewing Farlow in the hit TV series Dallas (1978) during the 1984-85 season. It was to be her final public performance. On January 14, 1986, less than two weeks before her 65th birthday, she died of pancreatic cancer in Beverly Hills, California. Grover Asmus, her husband, created the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts in her hometown of Denison. The foundation helps others who desire a career in the arts. Donna never forgot her roots. She was still a farm girl at heart.

As much as I love Donna Reed and as much as I love IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, it just isn’t that great of a sign.

Kiron has an okay sign. Deloit’s is okay. I really like Manilla’s sign as well. But Best in Show for Crawford County is very obvious:

Ricketts, Iowa
Crawford County Best in Show – Ricketts, Iowa

I took this picture in September of 2020. If you are wondering about the Ricketts Centennial 1999 part of the sign.

There were a couple of Crawford County towns that have town sign alternates, I need to share:

Denison, Iowa
Denison Alternate

Manilla, Iowa
Manilla Alternate

The Denison alternate reminds me of Kansas. It seems a popular thing to do in central Kanas to put the name of your town up on the side of hill. I also really dig the Manilla alternate. I actually really dug Manilla. It had a pretty cool aesthetic in its downtown area.

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County


Scranton, Iowa
#10. Scranton

Ricketts, Iowa
#9. Ricketts

Liscomb, Iowa
#8. Liscomb

Dexter, Iowa
#7. Dexter

Templeton, Iowa
#6. Templeton

Haverhill, Iowa
#5. Haverhill

Farnhamville, Iowa #3 - East Side
#4. Farnhamville

Pilot Mound, Iowa
#3. Pilot Mound

Moingona, Iowa
#2. Moingona

Coon Rapids, Iowa
#1. Coon Rapids

The next county we will visit is Wright County.

17 thoughts on “Town Sign Project: Crawford County”

  1. Yep, Dow City also has a weiner sign. And I think Aspinwall is claiming paradise status in that footnote-sized text there?

    The Denison one is great for the “It’s a Wonderful Life” reference. Good for them for celebrating a wonderful actress and movie.

    You again picked a winner. Ricketts’ sign is delightfully bizarre. I’m sure there are other, more prominent towns in a 400-mile radius (which itself is oddly specific), but they went with some catchy names. I wish I could have been on the board researching this. It’s great. Manilla’s alternate sign is even better than their main one.

  2. The guy who sold Springfield the monorail must have been in that part of the state selling wiener signs. Dow City and Arcadia aren’t very far apart. 27.9 miles according to Google Maps. Both on US30.

    I think I saw every episode of THE DONNA REED SHOW, as well. I do want to go to Denison and check out more of their Donna Reed stuff at some point.

    In Denison, they had the weirdest, I call it a nativity setup at the bottom of the hill with the concrete Denison sign. There will be pictures in the future. It includes what I would call “the war on Christmas” propaganda. Plus the scariest “baby Jesus” ever. Not intentionally scary.

    I love the fact that Ricketts just isn’t going to take down that Centennial Celebration sign. It has been over 20 years, but it must’ve been such a great party that they still need to celebrate it. Kind of like how I celebrate Michael Bolton’s entire catalog.

    The Ricketts sign is a sign, where, you really want to know what went into designing it.

    And Aspinwall, it is like they ordered a sign with the town slogan on it. It didn’t come with it. So the company came back and fit it on the sign the best they could, cause what was a town of 40 people going to do about it. Besides they were already rich with all the wiener signs they had already sold.

    Manilla’s secondary sign is better. I imagine it was the original, before they decide to build one out on 141. But for being a generic sign, I do love Manilla’s main sign because of the little train on top. The town of Manilla does put a lot of eggs in the railroad basket. As you will see when I publish the auxiliary photos from that trip. Also, a very patriotic bowling alley.

  3. This sentence made me snort out loud: “The guy who sold Springfield the monorail must have been in that part of the state selling wiener signs.” It was so specifically right. They’ve got weiner signs in Brockway and Ogdenville.

    That’s an interesting dichotomy – Donna Reed and horrifying overdisplays of religion? Poor Donna deserves better. I honestly cannot wait for these pictures. It sounds a little like the sort of place where a Muslim family would get hate mail, which makes me so sad.

    I feel terrible about this pun… but Ricketts is going to party like it’s 1999. Because that’s when the Centennial Celebration was. Anyone born after 1999 is just trash in Ricketts.

    Yes! Aspinwall’s sign looks like a poster I would make for school, then remember after I was done that I needed to cram another important piece of info on there, so I’d just put it tiny wherever I could fit it. (I’ve seen A and C do that, too.)

    I do really like how they’ve leaned in on the train theme. It reminds me of Boone in that way! Funny – I think it was this railroad sign that knocked Boone’s railroad sign off the list? I might call that irony, but I’m afraid of Morrisette-ing the term.

  4. “And it put those towns on the map!”

    The nativity set probably isn’t quite that bad. But maybe it is. I’m sure those pictures will come out in the next couple of weeks or so. But it is interesting. I’m not even sure who owns the bottom of that hill. It is just kind of a parking lot near an intersection of several major highways.

    I hope Ricketts has a time capsule somewhere dedicated to the big 1999 Centennial. That way, maybe some poor future generation can find out just how awesome of a party they had. Too bad those future losers didn’t get to experience it.

    I’m sure that was what happened. There is no way you would design a sign to look like that intentionally. But I suppose if it had a rational design, we wouldn’t be talking about it.

    Manilla did not make the BENNETT POWER RANKINGS. It is the Ricketts sign that knocked Boone out. What the Boone sign has going against it is that it isn’t easy to photograph. I actually knocked Boone down two spots, so I could keep Scranton in the Top Ten.

  5. Maybe in 2099, someone will finally aspire to the greatness of Rickets in 1999. Certainly a time capsule would help them on that path. Although, I’m going to guess that the Parks & Rec episode where people fight over what should go in the time capsule is pretty accurate. It’s probably just a bunch of 3D Doritos and a copy of Varsity Blues. On VHS.

    I’m so sorry – I was trying to type and reference the email with the words, rather than scrolling up and looking at the actual photos. I’m going to guess a cherry picker or something would be the ideal way to photograph the Boone sign. Is the sign about Pufferbilly Days still up in the NW corner of the intersection of Story and 30? I can’t remember from the last few times we went over. I used to love that sign when I was little.

  6. Hopefully a can of Surge Cola is in there with the 3D Doritos. I have this medical condition, where I can’t tell VARSITY BLUES and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS apart. Which is the one where the kid says “puke and rally”.

    They changed that sign out and now it is kind of a generic Boone County sign. Although, I so rarely go through that intersection, I’m not even sure if that is what is still on there. It was not an upgrade to the Pufferbilly Days sign. That is for sure.

    I do love the fact that they used a whole train for the sign. It is pretty cool. Even though, the dentist office behind it doesn’t care for it. But that is their problem.

  7. Oh man. For sure Surge. Full disclosure, I’ve never seen either Varsity Blues or Friday Night Lights. I know that one of them became a TV show on which a singer I really enjoy acted for a bit (Shakey Graves). I think that one is Friday Night Lights. I think the guy was in it who was in that TV show in the early 90s where he got a newspaper a day early every day and saved the world each day. I don’t think he even got weekends off – I assume the Sunday paper was just a really rough day for him. I don’t know.

    It’s one of a kind to have the whole train, which is great. Guess you shouldn’t put your dentist office in the vicinity of an old KFC if you don’t want a train in front of it.

  8. I’ve seen one, but not the other. In the one I’ve seen it has a guy who says “puke and rally” after throwing up at a party. It also stars several people that were famous for a bit. Jon Voight plays the coach. There is also a scene where they go to a strip club and one of the strippers is their English teacher. I also remember the Texas accents being pretty awful. I think the most famous scene involves a girl and a whipped cream bikini.

    You no longer enjoy Shakey Graves?

    The newspaper show you describe sounds insane. I have a real blank spot for television of the 90s. I pretty much stopped watching television shows from the time KNIGHT RIDER left the air until DEXTER. Now I watch too many television shows, but pandemic. I only started watching DEXTER to have something to discuss with a friend. I guess it was my gateway drug. And it ended like most bad trips. As a lumberjack.

    In my weaker moments, I really miss KFC. I didn’t enjoy it on the regular, but it was a guilty pleasure of mine 1 or 2 times a year.

    That building is gone and now there is a quick oil replacement business there. Farley’s moved from West Boone.

  9. Classy. It sounds like the type of movie that sort of casually desensitized frat guys to it being wrong to rape a girl when she’s passed out. I vaguely remember hearing about those scenes – I know for sure I’ve seen a still of a whipped cream bikini. I know I never saw the source movie, however.

    I definitely enjoy Shakey Graves still – bad phrasing on my part! I just got an email moments ago that it’s about to be Shakey Graves Day. When you can get a butt ton of his music for whatever price you want to pay.

    I did some reverse sleuthing, and it looks like the show was Early Edition ( ). My parents watched a bunch of CBS in the mid to late 90s, so I spent a lot of time at school or in my room. Pretty much the best shows to come out of the 90s and early 00s were The State and Mr. Show. There are some others that I enjoy and rewatch, like Freaks and Geeks, but those are the two I still think about the most. We watched season 1 of Dexter when it first came out, but then didn’t have the channel it was on (Showtime, I think?) when we moved. We never picked it back up when streaming really hit – and by then I’d heard the ending was the worst thing in history, so I’m reticent.

    We would hit KFC every so often! It wasn’t regularly, or even sporadically really, but it was tasty. I had no idea there was a Farley’s there – I guess I don’t really look over at that side of the street much since Godfather’s and KFC is gone?

  10. Just so you know. “Whipped Cream Banana Hammock” is the name of the spoken word album I’m dropping later this year. It will only be available on vinyl because the cover art is going to be amazing.

    Did I miss out? Cause Shakey Graves day sounds amazing!

    Oh CBS. The Howards have 500 satellite channel, but it is always on CBS at their house. I bet Jesse watched Early Edition.

    I guess if I squint. I did watch MR. SHOW. And before DEXTER. Olivia and I did watch a show called JOAN OF ARCADIA.

    Season 1 of Dexter is good. Then every season gets better than the last, until you hit Season 5. Then there is a noticeable decline. Then lumberjack.

    The oil place just opened in the last couple of months. It is where KFC used to be. Burger King is where Godfather’s used to be. I miss Godfather’s so much!

  11. That should be quite a racy album cover. Was there a 70s album cover that I’m imagining with something vaguely similar? I mean – a bikini, not a banana hammock. It’s going to have a whole “Smell the Glove” situation.

    I just forwarded you the email! It has a lot of HTML code and stuff in it that made it easier than pasting here.

    Oh no. I just don’t know the last time we had CBS turned on here, other than for a sporting event. I’m sure they have the occasional good show – it’s just all so buried in crap and Peter Lorre that I would never bother to find out. I cannot imagine a show more insulting than “Big Bang Theory,” for example.

    I never caught “Joan of Arcadia,” but I heard it was good! I remember it being on for quite a while. That whole timeframe was sort of a huge lull for TV, though – I think Dexter sort of coincided with the whole “renaissance of TV” or however else right now is being termed? I might have to pick Dexter back up and then just stop before the last season. Have you ever watched “Hannibal” (it has Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy).

    I also miss Godfather’s so much! I think the big new one opened up when we were in high school, probably before sophomore or junior year? We ran into one a little over a year ago when I was dragging the family around looking for mid-century modern furniture. We had to stop, but the kids didn’t even want to try it.

  12. It really isn’t all that racy. It is just a banana hammock, with a bunch of whipped cream lounging in it.

    Something like this, but I don’t have the can of whipped cream yet.

    I don’t know what you were imagining.

    I did get the email. I’ll have to check it out.

    JOAN OF ARCADIA only made it two seasons and unfortunately Season 2 ends with a cliffhanger, that will never be resolved. Maybe I can write some fan fiction about it and be the next who ever wrote 50 SHADES OF GRAY.

    I did watch HANNIBAL. Great show with an ending that might be even worse than the ending of DEXTER.

    There is a gas station in Dows and another one in Cameron, MO that sell Godfather’s Pizza. I have frequented both.

    Rumor has it that there is a Godfather’s in the Memorial Union Food Court now. I need to look into it.

  13. I sure was off base, wasn’t I? Man, banana hammocks sure seem practical.

    I remembered the album cover I was thinking of! I had kept thinking Tito Puente, but it was Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass! This isn’t the moral victory it could be, in hindsight.

    I think you have time on the email – it’s 2/8 or 2/9 or so?

    Well, there you go! Bring that fan fiction to good use. I did look up fan fiction of Hannibal after that terrible last ending, and apparently a lot of people have gone hard on that whole situation. Although, a lot of people really made that bromance more about the -mance part. So I sort of quickly waded out of those waters. It was a great show up until then, though. Jon found it too gory and wouldn’t watch it with me after the first episode or two. Wuss.

    I think we went to the one sort of close to Clive? I feel like it was in a strip mall. We need to make it back whenever it’s safe. I hope it’s still open? WHAT – that would be amazing. I just noticed that Food Services mentions being able to provide Godfather’s Pizza to student groups, so it must be? Just looked at a map, and it looks like Waterloo is lousy with Godfather’s.

  14. I also found pictures of hammocks with banana designs on them.

    That is an amazing album cover. It would have been awesome to be part of the production team that put that together. Do you think they ran out of whipped cream? Or do you think there was more that went unused.

    Although the picture is so small that it is hard to tell what is going on there. Mostly seems like most of it might be a dress, with some whipped cream thrown on her. Either way, seems like lots of fun.

    HANNIBAL was very graphic. It was hard to believe that they got away with so much of that stuff on network television. It is sad it never really found an audience and they just had to slap an ending on the end of it after they found out it got cancelled.

    DEXTER doesn’t have that excuse. There is no excuse for DEXTER’S terrible ending.

    But you have to forgive Jon. He says so many human sacrifices at his masonic meetings that it is probably boring to him. Oh he sliced a person up and put their parts between glass. Yeah, we did that 3 masonic meetings ago. Yawn!

    I guess Waterloo has some redeeming characteristics then. I want a Godfather’s Taco Pizza pretty bad. They don’t sell those at my Godfather’s gas station stops.

  15. Yeah, I think maybe Dad had it in his collection, and that’s why I remember it? It’s certainly memorable. I really hope that they had to run out mid-shoot, when she was 2/3 in, and go get more whipped cream. Because that would be perfect, and I don’t feel like rock bands in the 70s were known for being planners. I want to say it’s a dress, but you’re right – it’s pretty well impossible to find a better image than that of it!

    Hannibal really WAS very graphic. Some of my worst parenting was watching it in the room with Charlie – but I made him turn away from the TV, and he had headphones on. I tried to make sure it was times with zero chance of him seeing it. I am also bummed they never found an audience – I didn’t really know about it while it was on, just via Netflix – there are enough serial killer podcasts and movies that you’d think that there would have been more of a call for it. But I absolutely agree that it’s pretty insane that a mostly-naked teenager was gored on deer antlers on network TV (and that was one of the milder scenes). The body tower on the beach is one that turned my stomach. That was another show that was not easy for me to watch near bedtime.

    I daresay you’re onto something there. Cannibalism is child’s play to a Mason. I’m sure that is only step 1 of the rituals. I may be revealing too much.

    Man, Waterloo is the worst. Bio dad lived there after he had his fire, and so we had to go there a lot. And I thought Fort Dodge was bad. Waterloo would ask Fort Dodge to hold its shank.

  16. I have a few Herb Alpert albums in my collection, but I don’t think I have any of those. Not sure what happened to them. Maybe I got rid of them. They aren’t in the records that I keep upstairs on “display” so to speak. I need to buy a new turntable. One of the pandemic cleaning discoveries I made was that my turntable had died. I was going to replace it right away, but instead I purchased some other stuff. I need to get back on that.

    I did donate a bunch of records to the DAV. Maybe they were in that collection. I don’t know I would consider Herb Alpert to be a rock band. But one of the things I think is fascinating about his music is that he is hard to pin down. He isn’t exactly jazz. His biggest hit is probably closer to disco than anything else. But I guess when you get sampled by The Notorious B.I.G. you can do whatever you want. At least that is my rule.

    As a fan of HANNIBAL, are you going to check out CLARICE? I don’t know why HANNIBAL never got an audience. Maybe people are just done with that character. It never had a very good time slot. My nitpicky thing would be that the guy who plays Hannibal, whose name eludes me right now, was a little hard to understand.

    One thing I can say for Waterloo is that at least it doesn’t smell bad. Like most river cities and Cedar Rapids.

  17. I will say that I haven’t listened to a ton of Herb. Less than I should, for sure – I’ve thrown some into some of my eclectic playlists for variety. I need to listen more than just surface level. I have been trying to branch out the past couple of years – I usually stick to hip-hop, indie, classic rock, jazz/blues/soul (those are each separate, I do realize), and some of the new rock. I have really gotten into 70s/early 80s punk, 80s alternative, etc., etc. – stuff I didn’t really listen to before. I still don’t listen to a lot of pop unless the kids want it. Which is far too often, but we’ve convinced Charlie to listen to good stuff for the most part. Work in progress.

    Jon got me a great new turntable a year ago for Christmas. I have an old one that I could give you as a holdover that doesn’t link up to any external speakers, if you’d like – it’s one of those suitcase ones. I wanted it to actually sound good, which is why he upgraded me. I love it connected to our soundbar and such.

    So, I’ve got Clarice marked to record on YouTubeTV, and I’ll try it, as I like that universe… but I’ve read that it’s gotten just wildly mediocre critic reviews. Is it on your radar, are you going to watch it? It’s also on CBS, so there’s that additional strike against it. You’re correct – Mads as Hannibal could be really difficult to understand. I usually used subtitles when I watched, also because there was a fair amount of background sound and mumbling. I don’t think Hannibal ever really was supposed to have much of an accent in the books, so that was a little off – he was just supposed to sound very proper and civilized, I thought, and could adapt to whatever language he was speaking? I may be incorrect, though, and he may have had a European accent.

    Holy cow, Cedar Rapids is just offensive smelling. It’s honestly impressive how it never smells good. We drove through to go see Grandpa in the Quad Cities (which don’t smell great), and I’d forgotten how it smelled simultaneously like wet dog, feet, and Fruit Loops at the same time.

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