My son, daughter-in-law and 2 Grandsons live in Omaha.  Or I guess to be precise they live in Bellevue, but to an old farm boy like me it's all Omaha.

There's too many good things about the trip to detail them all-family, food, fun, games, etc.  But there's two things that aren't fun.  Not fun at all.

The car is a 2008 Pontiac G6, decent on mileage, comfortable and looks nice.  I pulled into a local Sioux Falls service station and when I pulled out I was $47.50 lighter in the wallet.  Granted, it was pretty close to empty but we're not talking about a gigantic fuel tank either.

I can't imagine what you folks driving a big SUV or an 18-wheeler are pulling out of your wallet to fill up.  It was "ouch" enough for my little car.

And the 2nd worse thing?  Well, I've been going down good ol' I29 to Omaha for about 10 or 11 years now.  Incredible as it sounds, I don't think I've ever driven through Sioux when I29 wasn't under construction.

No, I'm not exaggerating.  I'm being very literal: There is always construction going on in Sioux City along I29.  Apparently, it's never over.  I'm sure there's a good reason for it, I just can't imagine for the life of me what it is.

Shouldn't it be complete at some point?

But with that being said it sure was nice to play with Bennett and hold 10-month-old Ayden.  Daughter-in-law Brenda was the best hostess in the world, like she is every time. And my son Jeremy and I got to eat steaks and since he's the biggest Cornhusker football fan in the world we watched the game together.

Oh, the game. Yeah, that wasn't the best either.