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Swim against the tide

To be a collector is to swim against the tide.

We are not a majority and never will be.

Because I work in Iola, Wis., I also swim against the summer tide here as well.

The highways in Wisconsin are clogged on Fridays with traffic heading north from Chicago and Milwaukee. They come for the beautiful summer weather and to enjoy our lakes and other natural resources.

Since I already live in a small town of 1,300 in northern Wisconsin. I am where the traffic is going already, so I find that on weekends I occasionally head in the other direction and spend time in other places.

This may not seem particularly noteworthy, but it is Friday, it is summer in Wisconsin and this is where my mind wanders.

Ah, summer.

If you have never experienced a Wisconsin winter, you cannot fully appreciate how the summer affects our minds.