My extended weekend in Austin was fansmashingtastic. One of my favorite things about traveling is meeting new people and having conversations I wouldn't normally have when I am home. Conversations like the one I had with a server when Siren and I were out to eat at a New York Jewish-style deli. Yes, that's right. I ate at a New York Jewish-style deli while I was in Austin, Tx. For the life of me, I can't remember his name, but he was trying to be clever and cute and instantly made fun of me for talking with my hands.
"You must not be from around here. I don't see many people who talk with spirit fingers," Server said.
"Nope, not from around here," I replied, "I'm a Yankee."
"Oh, where are you from?" Server asked.
"The Chicago area," I said.
"Chicago, huh? Well that wouldn't really make you a Yankee because Illinois didn't exist during the Civil War," Server said. Not lying, those words actually crossed his lips. I looked over at Siren and asked if she just heard what I heard. She reluctantly nodded her head.
"Let's just think about this for a minute," I said to Server, "The Civil War was largely brought on by Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States at that time and Abraham Lincoln was from Illinois. This may be a long shot, but I'm gonna go ahead and say that Illinois was definitely part of the Union during the Civil War which would make me a Yankee." That pretty much ended the conversation.