I got an email from the Infiniti dealer today and they want me to come in for an appraisal of my Q70L, as they “need” used inventory. They want to make me an offer I can’t refuse and put me in a new model. I think this is a scam to get me to trade in and buy new. I have a rule about not buying a new car before the prior one is paid off. Have you in the car sales industry seen this?

 I saw this beauty at the hotel.

Went over and did my deal at John Deere, and they seemed to really like it. The last of 3 sessions did not happen, because all the farmers hit the bar at 4 pm. It is a fascinating time for immigration law, because notwithstanding all the hate (and perhaps because of it) Trump has us closer to real reform for the first time since 2001 (9/11 killed the momentum). Congress on both sides have kicked this can down the road for 30 years, and McCain, Pelosi, Feinstein, Sanders, and all the rest who have been there for decades should be ashamed of thenselves.

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This is the iWireless Center in Moline, where I spoke today.

I took myself on self-guided tour of Davenport, and stopped at a small watering hole for a beer. I ended up chatting with the bartender, a lovely midwestern lass for whom Davenport was a move to the “big city,” and she can’t imagine living anywhere bigger. She said, “I got family in Des Moines, so I been there plenty of times. It is pretty nice, but I could NEVER live there.” Too much traffic in Des Moines, apparently.

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I told her I was in town on business, and she wrinkled up her nose and expressed astonishment that anyone would come all the way to the Quad Cities from California to work.

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I am not enjoying this rental car. It iis peppy enough, but has an annoying transmission. The steering has almost no feel, like an arcade driving game. There is no fun in driving it. Interior and exterior are remarkably unremarkable. Perfect for a rental car fleet. My next purchase will not be a Chrysler.

I am enjoying my time here in the midwest, but I must admit, it feels like being in a different country. It is very nice here, and the people are lovely. This hotel is really cool.

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