MasterCard moment – Ohio style

Ohio Turnpike toll variance:     75 cent – $6.75 there and $6.00 return trip – same distance – go figure

Number of episodes “Hot in Cleveland”:     128 episodes over 6 seasons

documented uses for Duck Tape brand duct tape:     101 and counting?

my daughter’s textbook drop pass that assisted a goal:     priceless

Yes, hockey has started and we are on the road again.  This trip took us to lovely Cleveland, Ohio – 438 miles away.  I was never a big fan of Ohio.  In college, the Ohio State Buckeyes were arrogant; a constant nemesis to my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes.  Last year we travelled through Ohio, including Cincinnati.  We unanimously decided we are not fans of the state by any  means.  Now Cleveland … .

Coming from Chicago, I get the one-time toll payment arrangement.  But two things seemed rather odd.  The first was mentioned above.  According to MapQuest, I travelled the Turnpike for 91.8 miles EACH WAY.  Why on earth was there a 75 cent variance upon return? Secondly, there really are no exits along the Turnpike.  Instead Service Stations are strategically positioned every some thirty miles, offering food and gas and dog parks.  Hmm… .  I’m not really a claustrophobe, but I kinda’ felt a bit … trapped.

Hot in Cleveland” was the forty-something version of the “Golden Girls”.  Never watched the latter, thankfully,  but “Hot in Cleveland” was consistently funny.  Wendie Malick was my ‘Hottie’.

Though the premise of three Los Angeles women finding Cleveland a wonderful place to live baffles me after travelling there.  But then the show did get cancelled.  Maybe they had location shoots and realized how ‘sketch’ the place actually was.  My daughter loves the term ‘sketch’.  By the way, there was an expressway incident involving three police escorted Trailways Precious Cargo buses, a white truck and a Hyundai Sonata that was totally sketch. Totally.

Avon, Ohio is the headquarters for ShurTech Brands, including (drum roll, please) Duck Tape.

The durable cloth-backed tape first appeared during World War II, when Johnson & Johnson developed an olive drab version as a handy way for American soldiers to waterproof their ammo cans. According to the company, soldiers dubbed the product “duck tape” because it forced moisture to flee “like water off a duck’s back.”

Troops realized that the tape was good for more than just keeping their powder dry, and after the war, it caught on as an easy and effective way to seal, among other things, heating ducts. Johnson & Johnson even began offering a silver version of the tape specifically for this purpose, giving rise to “duct tape.”

So which is correct? “Duck tape” has the chronological upper hand, but “duct tape” is a more accurate description of the product’s historical use. To make things even more complicated, though, it’s no longer used to seal ducts! You could always just hedge your bets the way the leading manufacturer does when it bills itself as “Duck brand duct tape.”

So, there you have it, my Ohio MasterCard moment.  As for my daughter’s drop pass, … .  It truly was priceless.


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