You may have heard of the midwest mumps "epidemic", and it's origins in Iowa. That's Iowa, as in: "Where my oldest daughter is a freshman in college". Well, guess what?? She now has mumps, despite all the proper childhood immunizations. So she has to vacate campus and isolate herself. Which wouldn't be too mucjh of a problem if she had someplace local to go, but she doesn't. So my dear wife is trekking across Illinois/Iowa as I type, off to bring her home. Oh, yeah, its a week before her final exams.
Life is seldom boring.