Travelog of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 2006

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Domination of Eiler Journal #13: Operation Darkflower 2006

What Is the Domination of Eiler?

In one sense, "The Domination of Eiler" is a political entity modeled upon the Holy Roman Empire. Which is to say, it works through national and local political entities, but transcends nation-state boundaries. You may already be a citizen without knowing it!

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  • The Domination of Eiler is led by, of course, the Dominator.
  • Its chief military force, and bodyguard of the Dominator, is the Domination Guard.
  • The Domination's world headquarters is in Palatine-Illinois, near Chicago - and Wisconsin. As such, Wisconsin is a target for Domination patrols.
  • The Domination of Eiler loves November. The trees are bare so as not to impede the view of the sunsets, and the snow hasn't started yet... usually. So, it's worth its own holiday. And a vacation... usually northbound, to places like Maine and Wisconsin!

    These vacations have recently been designated "Darkflower". This seems like a good designation to keep. If the Domination observed proper numbering, this operation would be Darkflower 5. It seems time to call it Darkflower 2006 instead.

    This year, only a two-day weekend is available for road trip. For maximum relaxation, the Domination force has chosen to drive only one hour away from EilerBase - and spend three nights there! Lake Geneva-Wisconsin has been chosen for occupation.

    Operational Map

    Day 0: Saturday 29 November 2006

    Due to a drastic life change after the Day of Glory earlier this year, the average Domination weekend starts on Saturday night. Hence, this expedition has started on Saturday night.

    Domination expeditionary force deployed from place of work, the venerable "Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store" of Palatine-Illinois. Resistance by a needy customer and a credit-card machine delayed departure half an hour, until 5:30 pm. Not a major obstacle, though. The Domination told its barracks provider its forces would arrive at about 6:30. Actually arrived at 6:31.

    Barracks prearranged at Lake Geneva Motel, which also served the last operation. This time, it serves the entire operation, for three days. Cottages are closed for the winter, but hotel unit seems entirely congenial. All of Lake Geneva-Wisconsin seems only lightly occupied by tourists.

    Dinnertime deployment to downtown Lake Geneva by foot, 0.7 miles each way. When the Domination forces can't hike a mile for its dinner unassisted, the Domination will probably start using canes - and still hike a mile.

    Day 1: Sunday 26 November 2006

    1. Primary target for this operation is the Geneva Lake Museum of History, which defied Domination the last time. It currently observes winter hours: Friday through Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm.
    2. Secondary target, Lake Geneva Animal Gardens, west along the lakeshore from here. It isn't quite closed for the year yet, because it's Dancing Horses Christmas Review season. It offers a trained parrot show at 12 noon, and dancing horses at 1 pm. After the dancing horse show, the place reverts to a family petting zoo.
    3. Tertiary target, church. It is a Sunday, after all. The local Congregational / United Church of Christ reportedly has service at 10 am. Nearby Methodists at 10:15, nearby Episcopals at 9:30.

    All three targets may be subdued, even by bicycle because the weather permits - but only if attacked in reverse order of priority, and in lieu of Sunday midday dinner! This could be an interesting day.

    Inspirational Sayings
    Inspirational sayings of death, at the local Episcopal church.
    Horse In Your Face
    Horses get up close and personal at the local animal show. See also:
    M is for Museum
    A typical artifact at the local museum. See also:

    Made it back to hotel, then lazily walked back downtown. Carved a stick (brought from home) by the lakeshore, and watched what would have been the sunset, had the clouds not interfered. Then dinner at Popeye's: Bavarian-style pork, washed down with cheap proper pints of the Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

    Then, early bedtime. It's been a big day of Domination.

    Day 2: Monday 27 November 2006

    This day had been set aside for an exploratory expedition to Wisconsin targets Milwaukee, Brookfield, Pewaukee, and Waukesha. It makes sense to do this from Lake Geneva, which is less than an hour's drive from all these places.

    But instead, the Domination is inclined to take its post-vacation recovery vacation. In other words, just stay in town, read books, carve sticks, eat lunch, eat dinner, write Xmas cards... and go see a movie. All these things can be conquered by foot patrol!

    At this point, Wisconsin football customs deserve some comment.

    The Domination forces stayed long enough to watch the Wisconsin team deliver three victory shots for their fans... and still lose to Seattle. Aww!

    Day 3: Tuesday 28 November 2006

    Semi-rapid deployment to the District of Dominance, to start the work day at 1 pm.

    Ribbon of Domination

    The operation shows these signs of success:

    The Domination will admit to these operational shortcomings, though:

    But Domination of Eiler forces return triumphant as ever, all praise to the One Maker.

    (signed) Dominator S. Eiler, Fist of the One Maker, for the Domination of Eiler.

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