In staying with my Iowa City-theme, I'd like to share a story about my and my mom's first trip to Iowa City. But first, a little background information...
In Madison (and elsewhere in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan), Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are called TYME Machines. TYME is pronounced "time" and stands for Take Your Money Everywhere.
When we first arrived in Iowa City - having never been there before - for a campus tour, we decided we needed a little cash for shopping and dining. The following conversation ensued between my mom and a young male college student as we attempted to take the next step in the process:
Mom: Could you tell me where we could find an ATM?
College Student: Sure. There's a Shazam just down the street, in the bank on the corner.
Mom: No, I'm looking for an ATM.
College Student: I know. There's a Shazam a block away.
Mom: Could you just tell me where the nearest TYME machine is?
College Student: (hesitantly) Ma'am, I don't think time machines really exist.
Erin: (under her breath) Heaven help me.
While I was in Iowa City I made sure to Shazam once, not because I actually needed cash, but because it just seemed like something I should do. Thanks for the memories, Mom!