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Monday, March 10, 2008

Glam Overpass

posted by on March 10 at 13:04 PM


This overpasses/rest stop I’m sitting in—along the highway between Madison, Wisconsin, and Chicago—has free wi-fi, a Starbucks, and cleanish bathrooms. It’s pretty glamorous, for a highway overpass. It looks like an nicer, newish airport in here.

This doesn’t have anything to do with anything, of course. Just sayin’.

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I remember when every oasis was a Howard Johnson's, we'd stop every time at the Forest Lake (or Lake Forest) one.
Then in the 80's they got really sketchy.

Posted by C | March 10, 2008 1:20 PM

Who doesnt love that overpass/rest stop?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 10, 2008 1:22 PM

They must have redone it. It used to look like a truck stop/food court. It was pretty neat, even then.

Posted by tabletop_joe | March 10, 2008 1:22 PM

And it no longer has that annoying warm breakfast sandwich odor.

Posted by JMR | March 10, 2008 1:27 PM

But the rest stops on the OH turnpike rock. They're the best ones between Chicago and NYC.

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Baltimatt) | March 10, 2008 1:29 PM

Whatever did happen to HoJo's, anyway? That always used to be the highlight of a road trip. Did they get bought out by the Mormon Church or something?

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 10, 2008 1:31 PM

I'm surprised it's not in Idaho...I'm sure Larry Craig would love to give rest stops all the class of airports.

Posted by Jake | March 10, 2008 1:33 PM

I am sure your son appreciates this post.

At least he can see where you prefer to spend your time.

Posted by ecce homo | March 10, 2008 1:52 PM

As far as I know Howard Johnson is still around, its just that they no longer have that fantabulous tacky orange glow that pulls drivers in off the highway like moths to a streetlamp.

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | March 10, 2008 1:57 PM

HoJo's changed hands numerous times in the 80's, with each new owner taking something they wanted, until finally it is the generic mess it is now.

A shame, really - they pioneered a lot of stuff that even the highend hotels do now.

I worked at the Iowa City and Bloomington MN, Hojos. Great fun, and both now gone.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | March 10, 2008 2:06 PM

We need more retail on our overpasses between downtown and capitol/first hill here in Seattle.

Just sayin.

Posted by Cale | March 10, 2008 2:08 PM

Where's the looooove for Stuckey's? Can't have a HoJo's discussion without Stuckey's pecan logs and their strangely-nasty-yet-yummy hamburgers.

Posted by Wolf | March 10, 2008 2:18 PM

how cute; I'm a Ho-Jo alumnus as well!

My Ho-Jo in Topeka was such a dump that it lost its franchise and turned into a Liberty Inn, which is NOT a chain...

My fondest memory: super hot sex in the back office at 1am with a super hunky guest who was in town to sell saddles..


Posted by michael strangeways | March 10, 2008 2:26 PM

If anyone in politics tries to wrong Oregon and Washington in the future, we have the best weapon.

We'll smile and give them Shari's.

They will never wrong us again.

Posted by mackro mackro | March 10, 2008 3:05 PM

I love you, ecce.

Posted by Dan Savage | March 10, 2008 3:50 PM

Ecce! I was so busy waxing nostalgic, I didn't even see you standing there glowering.

How are those new wipes working out for you? Are they helping with the chafing?

Oh, and I've been saving those Metamucil coupons for you. I'll try to bring them by this weekend, along with the roach spray you were looking for. Did they ever turn your cell phone back on, or do I have to leave them with the nurse like I did the last time?

Posted by catalina vel-duray | March 10, 2008 4:18 PM

It's called an "Oasis," right?

Posted by chicagoan | March 10, 2008 4:38 PM

Yes! An oasis... nothing finer. Or more cheesy.

Posted by Dod | March 10, 2008 4:42 PM

@13 That's hot.

Posted by paris hilton | March 11, 2008 9:32 AM

When I lived in chicago I would pass underneath the overpass whenever I would return to the motherland (madison) glad to see it looks so cool. It seemed to be underconstruction for an eternity.

Posted by wisconsinista | March 11, 2008 11:31 AM

If I knew you were coming I'da baked a cake.

Posted by Mary | March 11, 2008 1:51 PM

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