The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fargo, North Dakota


Most people when they hear Fargo think of the Joel and Ethan Coen 1996 Oscar-winning movie by that name.  And, most likely few people would even know there was such a place before that movie was made.  The movie made Fargo famous and I just had to go see one of the main characters of the movie – the Wood Chipper, who received no credit when the words went up at the end of the movie.

Here it is, the very same chipper that they used in the movie.

Okay, I have to admit, I was pretty giddy standing next to it taking pictures.  The few other people in the tourist center weren’t the least bit impressed.  One little boy asked his mother what it was and why a leg was sticking out of it?
“Oh it was something that was in a movie. Go over there and stand with your father.”

The only thing that would have made it perfect is if they hadn’t cleaned the fake blood from it.  But I suppose too many protective parents complained about it and some cleaning had to be done.

Outside they had a “stunt double” on display just in case a visitor stopped by to see the real deal and the visitor center was closed.  That was considerate of Fargo but if I hadn't been able to see the real wood chipper used in the film, there may have been tears.

If you have not see the movie, I recommend it.  Funny, well done, and truly depicts the character of people I have seen the last few days in this area of America.




10 comments:

  1. i love that movie. it reminded me so much of my family in wis. that northern midwesterner non-confrontational culture: "Okay. NO problem."

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  2. Another interesting story. I've never seen the movie.

    Felicia

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  3. haven't seen the movie but enjoying seeing where you're getting to along your journey

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  4. I love that it's a tourist attraction! Oh yah.

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  5. Ok...You have convinced me. Buddy and I need to see it. Hope it is on Netflix. Am gonna look tonite. Your shots of it are great. Very yellow. I love that you were the only one really interested in it other than the child with his question. Great post. genie

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  6. Ok...You have convinced me. Buddy and I need to see it. Hope it is on Netflix. Am gonna look tonite. Your shots of it are great. Very yellow. I love that you were the only one really interested in it other than the child with his question. Great post. genie

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  7. I loved that movie - have seen it many times! What a hoot...you have brought me yet another piece of Americana...thanks, John!

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  8. "Fargo" is hilarious! I bought a copy and hid it in the closet so I could watch it occasionally. The northern-accented conversations just crack me up, ya know!

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  9. I remember seeing this movie with my husband, and we both enjoyed it. The first time seeing, well it was so intense. I guess it is one that you need to see several times.

    How do you find these places?!

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