US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 39 – Len – Semi-retired Entrepreneur – former CFO of Calvin Klein – from CT – met in Austin, MN

Incredible Day – it started with a heavy rain as I left Ames, Iowa. Heavy rain … and so I adjusted my travel plans to stay more to the main routes. I wanted smooth sailing (driving). For some reason, Spam (as in meat products) has kept coming into my life since I heard of a Spam Festival in Hawaii. Huh? I know …?

So on the fly … I mentally changed my route to go through Austin, Minnesota. That’s where the Spam Museum and the Hormel meat processing factory is. For some unknown reason, I meandered through the rural roads of northern Iowa and southern MN.

Since I’m on a mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives – I was excited as dodged the scattered drops of rain while into the Spam Museum.Len and Stan at Spam Museum in Austin Minnesota_2

That’s where I met Len – who was taking photographs of exhibits – to take a photo of three ladies I had met (more on that in another blog).

He was on his way to Denver where he was going to deliver all kinds of things and household products and other stuff to his daughter Michelle. She teaches equestrian horseback jumping. on my way to Denver to deliver household product stuff still having same problems and as for my daughter Michelle who is teaching. His other daughter is a second-year resident at Columbia-Presbyterian, studying and focusing on Family Medicine, with a specialized focus on helping young women.

His wife Renee of 35 years packed all kinds of stuff that he was going to deliver. He mentioned that she sent him on his way with love in her heart. Len had worked hard all his life, in which he built his career rising to CFO of CK … and then retired early. He laughed when he said it gave him something to do. I interpreted what he said … as – I think – he hinted that she was giving him something to do and kindly get rid of him for a while. LOL …maybe.

He spoke lovingly of small town hamburger joints and quaint mom-and-pop cafes. He was specific about a great place he had found in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania – where there is a Rootin’ tootin’ hot dog place right off of Route 80.

Len told me he has a backpack in his SUV riding as a shotgun. Also, he has his camera bag handy and a ‘cat scratch’ pole for his daughter’s cat in the back seat.

I enjoyed talking with Len and we exchanged contact information. I might be so lucky to visit him when I pass through Connecticut in August. Wouldn’t that be absolutely great?

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