My rental car is of the flex fuel variety, so I like to take advantage of that feature, when at all possible. Plus, it's usually a bit cheaper than traditional gasoline. The second thought that occurs to me just as soon as I open my eyes in the morning is my plan, or lack thereof, for where I'll be sleeping that night. It's a bitch and a stressor. Whenever I've been in a bad mood during this trip, a hiccup in my sleeping arrangements has usually been the culprit. It's a constant nag.
Two days ago, I was sitting in my car in a parking lot, trying to figure out where I'd be sleeping for the night. It was midnight, my bladder was full, and I struggled to concentrate. As I sat there trying to simultaneously make temporary housing plans and not piss myself, I got a Facebook message from E. I didn't know E, but he had seen, somewhere, a story of my story, and his interest was piqued just enough to send me a message and invite me to pay him a visit. I thought it was cool that he grew up in a Twin Cities suburb, not far from where my wife and I currently live. The kicker for me though, was that E worked for Facebook at their headquarters. I checked my map. The drive would be long and the gas expensive, and I'd also have to push back my already-made plans by a couple of days. But, how many times is somebody going to invite me to have lunch with them at Facebook HQ?
So in my road weary fog, I accepted. I slept, woke up, had breakfast with some Facebook friends, then drove, drove, and drove. I finally arrived at a relatively nondescript building. I would've thought that I was at the wrong place, except that my Google Maps app has never done me wrong. Once I went inside though, it got very interesting, very quickly. Free food was everywhere and, as you might expect, Mark Zuckerberg walks around like he owns the place (hahahaha, right?). E showed me around, hooked me up with some of that free food, and basically made the long-ass drive seem like it was easily worth it. I'm still working on getting back to my regularly scheduled route and timeline, but it'll come. And even if it doesn't, I've got one more unforgettable experience to show for it, to add to my other unforgettable experiences, all of which make up this one enormous, unforgettable experience.