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2nd June
2010
written by Minx

Railroad Tracks by 3rd St., Wausau WI

I’ve always been fascinated by railroad tracks. They evoke a sense of movement, of potential, of commerce and business. And, in the evening hours, they also silently allow you to walk along their steel-straight paths toward some unknown destination. They are, in those moments, catalysts of thought, fertile ground for meditation and introspection. You can trust railroad tracks because they are true and straight, and will always take you somewhere. 

And, there is the other side to the railroad tracks, that of danger and crisis, when in a split moment there can be an incredibly huge, unstoppable engine with cars packed behind it barreling down on you. The potential for beauty and disaster flow hand in hand on a railroad line.  

I’ve walked many of Wausau’s railroad tracks, day and night. They’ve always been a source of comfort to me. As long as there are railroad tracks coming into a city, there is work being done, a connection to the industrial world outside, and growth.Railroads are integral to the manufacturing industries that make this state thrive. It is forecast that in 10 years, the need for cheap transportation (i.e., railroads) will double, partially becaue of the overseas markets (http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/state/docs/rail-issues.pdf). Another interesting point: rail is still the number one mode of transport for coal, Wisconsin’s primary fuel. Other products that rail moves in, out, and through Wisconsin include: 

  • clay
  • concrete
  • glass
  • stone
  • food or kindred products
  • pulp, paper, or allied products
  • lumber or wood products
  • coal
  • nonmetallic minerals
  • farm products
  • metallic ores

All of these primary products move quietly through our city and state on a daily basis, keeping our major industries alive. 

Though the state of our economy is only now climbing back to what it once was, whenever you see an active railroad track, remember that industry and commerce are still very much alive and will keep this city, state, and nation running long into the future. 

31st May
2010
written by Minx

Taco Bell on Grand Ave

Oh, do you remember the Taco Bell on Grand Avenue in Wausau? It has been there, serving us cheap tacos and burritos for well over 30 years. And as of now, the building is gone–smashed to the ground, flattened. Is Taco Bell on Grand Ave. no more?

Hardly! They are building a brand new building in their more modern style, just to serve us better. I’ve heard that sometime late this summer we might see the return of the cheapest bean burrito around.

Seriously, even though the food is no big deal (no deal at all really), it’s a great value and it will fill you up. And, the Taco Bell on Grand Ave. is an icon of the Wausau area, and a fond and lovely one at that. So, though it will have a new face in a few months, fear not! The happiness of an .89 taco will still be satisfied. :-)

16th May
2010
written by Minx

El Mezcal is at 3100 Rib Mountain Drive in Wausau, WI. A little to the north of Kohl’s and Barnes and Noble, tucked away on the west side of the street.

This little restaurant is overlooked by a lot of people as just another Mexican restaurant. But, this place is a gem: it has authentic Mexican food, the atmosphere is nice, and it’s rather cheap.

I will recommend the rice, which was moist and had a hint of spicy but not too much. The tacos were also very good, staple food. The refried beans were tasty and just the right consistency to pick up on their homemade tortilla chips without falling off. Their salsa was good as well, though more medium to mild than hot.

Tasty authentic Mexican! And good for the pocketbook.

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