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  • Normal Trees Are Changing

    I, normally am fond of trees. They just seem to symbolize the changes in life to me. A time for renewal ~ SpringA time for growth ~ SummerA time for change ~ AutumnA time for reflection ~ WinterMy favorite (favourite) time of year is Autumn. Normal trees are changing, as you can see from the photograph. I think they are really beautiful. Normal...

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  • Historic Route 66

    Normal is on the map of Historic Route 66!Route 66 IllinoisWOW! Normal is special, and being anywhere near Normal is apparently known all over the world! This world famous route will take you from Los Angeles California to Chicago, Illinois, traveling across eight states in America. CaliforniaArizonaNew...

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  • Happiness or Maybe Smileytown, USA

    Somewhere near Normal is what looks like it could be Happiness, judging from their smiley town water tower. I really have no idea what the actual name of this town is, as I only came close to Normal, and couldn't identify with the Normal crowd. Still, we exchanged smiles, and I moved on. :-)

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  • Town of Normal, A Normal Town

    Situated on the way from Memphis to Chicago, where I was traveling to visit my sister who lives in a tiny town near Chicago, is Normal, Illinois. I almost cried, laughing so hard, when I noticed this water tower as we were driving on Highway 51. A Normal American town full of Normal people with Normal jobs and Normal lives. I always thought I would...

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  • An Extraordinarily Spectacular Normal...

    Normally, a Normal sunset ends a normal day in Normal, Illinois. Normally, sunset photographs are not taken from a moving vehicle traveling at 70 MPH. Considering all things Normal, I believe this is the most extraordinarily spectacular Normal sunset that Normal has ever seen. Of course, this is just my opinion, and I am not sure if I will ever be...

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  • ISU's Academic Mall -- the Jeffersonian...

    The first American "Quad" was at Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia, and ever since then it has been traditional for many institutions of higher learning to emulate Jefferson's example. Jefferson's typically American schizophrenia is reflected in his attempt to marry urban and rural values in the university: to combine the attractions of an...

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  • The Education Building

    This fortress structure houses the HQ of the Department of Education, the core constituent of "normal" schools, the heart of the university. Alas, this building is an effective representation of what public education has come to represent: cold, heartless bureaucracy, the factory system of mass education, assembly-line testing, and preaching of new...

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  • Theatre Building

    I guess you could call this "nouveau functionalist" architecture. Isn't it interesting that from the exterior, you might think this could just as easily be a sewage facility as a theatre? At least it has a place on the university quad.

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  • Drive past corporate State...

    Drive past corporate State Farm...Bloomington-Normal's third claim to fame...It is the birth place of State Farm Insurance and it's corporate headquarters. You can't actually visit here without a reason or permission (their security is tight, too, trust me...) but it might prove worthwhile just to sort of drive by menacingly and leer at the single...

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  • Best Mexican in Town

    Very mexican decorations...white, orange, and green. Tablecloth-covered tables, soft lighting, and stuccoed walls look very authentic. Arched open doorways lead to the kitchen, and dark-stained hardwood all over.Wrought iron gates frame the bar.The waitresses are all friendly, always with smiles. A VERY cheery place to eat. Chiles Rellenos -...

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  • It was good the first few times...

    There actually is a variety of food at the food court. Elenor's Kitchen has decent Chinese food. The General's Chicken seems to be a favorite with many students, I however, don't enjoy the breaded chicken all that well. I do recommend the black pepper chicken or the pinapple chicken. While not great, it's better than must of the fair.The Tower Deli...

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  • The Coffee House

    The Coffee House has, by far, the best vegetarian food in town, and probably in the entire damn county. Their menu is entirely veggie, and it doesn't matter what you order because it's ALL good. Chili Quesidillas

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Normal Nightlife

  • bench sitting in down town...

    bench sitting in down town normalbench sitting is by far the best fun around on a week end evening when school is in session. just get a couple of good observant conversationalist together and sit and watch. the bench outside of subway is by far the best. the fun is good...real good. dress for the weather...it can get cold out there!!

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  • Dennys on North Main

    If you are a high school or college aged non-conformist, general member of the alternative crowd, theatre enthusiast, or acquaintance of any of the above, this is, of course, the only place to be seen. whatever

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Normal Tourist Traps

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    by Libs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    i've thought for a long time and can't think of what in normal would be considered a tourist trap. i don't think tourism exists in normal. i can't imagine someone asking themself 'where should i go on vacation/my long weekend/to die' and deciding on Normal.

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Normal Off The Beaten Path

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    by Libs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It's true that Normal is the Normalest place on Earth, but if you really want to be as normal as it possibly comes, you've got to visit Normal Avenue, the normalest place in Normal. It's a good place for a stroll, anyway.

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