Ruminations, 12/07/11

Ruminations.  Cows are ruminants.  They are called ruminants because they chew their cud.  Ruminations are like meditations, but the person who is ruminating probably looks more like a cow chewing its cud.  So, without further delay, my ruminations for today:

TUCSON, ARIZONA: spent the night on 12/06 in Tucson.  Do you know what I paid for gas there?  $2.939 per gallon!  Back in Cloverdale, the cut rate stations are $3.599 (or they were on 12/05).  I also saw other prices in other locations today for $2.949 and $2.959 (in El Paso – they were right across the freeway from one another).  Makes you wonder if the folks back in California realize how much per gallon they are paying in special fees for the gasoline blends used in California.

HANCOCK, TEXAS: I may have the name wrong on this one, but I think it was Hancock.  At the edge of the town was a water tower boasting that the city’s claim to fame was the 6-man football team state champions…in 1990-91.  I was struck at how hard we hold on to our claim to fame.  And how football, even 6-man football, is a big deal in Texas!

DEJA VU: today we saw the following street names: Cherry Creek Road (just like back home in Cloverdale), and Golf Course Drive (just like back in Rohnert Park).  We saw other names, too, that were close to those back in California.  Strange….

NOSTALGIA: didn’t listen to too many CD’s today, but heard John Denver on the radio singing “I’m Sorry”.  I was struck by how sorry he was about so many things…I wonder if he wrote that song after he broke up with his wife, Annie?  Does anyone know?  ALSO, here was a real blast from the past: Roy Orbison singing “Baby, the Rain Must Fall”.  I hadn’t heard that song in YEARS!!!!

EL PASO: it is true that I’m wondering why anyone would live in west Texas.  Same could be said, though, for western Nebraska.  I mean, there’s nothing there!!!  But, in honor of the late, great Marty Robbins, we broke into a rousing rendition of “El Paso”….”Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I fell in love with a Mexican girl, night time would find me in Rosa’s cantina….”  Ah, yes.  Marty would have been proud of us.  I did think, however, that somewhere in El Paso, there should be a radio station that plays “El Paso” 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Don’t you agree?

SPEED LIMITS: you’ve gotta love the speed limits in the western states.  From Arizona onward, the lowest it’s been on the freeway (barring construction or some other special condition) has been 75.  And then, in the great state of Texas, it’s 80 miles per hour!  Talk about making the miles melt away!!!!

BORDER PATROL: we went through a US Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint on the freeway after El Paso.  Interestingly, they were waving the semi’s through rather quickly, but they were checking the cars/vans more carefully.  As we were approaching the agent, Laurel turned to ask me if I thought she should hop out of the car and run towards the Mexican side of the freeway.  I told her it was up to her, but I didn’t think it was a good idea.  We did actually see someone they were escorting away from his SUV in handcuffs!  Oh, and Laurel decided not to make a break for it and stayed in the car.  But my dog got excited by the border patrol’s sniffing dog (bombs, drugs???), and he seemed pretty excited to catch a glimpse of the world famous Casper (my white boxer).  Laurel’s dog, Lucy, didn’t even wake up – she slept through the entire episode.

NIGHT’S REST: for some reason, Laurel’s dog, Lucy, has decided that she only wants to go to the bathroom sometime between 1:45 a.m. and 4:45 a.m.  She’s been getting me up to take her out.  She went ALL DAY today without one bit of “production”, until tonight about 7:30 p.m.  I’m hoping she’s done for the night!!!  Casper, on the other hand, has been fairly consistent with #1, but #2 has been non-existent.  I should say that on the western side of the Texas town of Pecos, he had the largest/longest #1 west of the Pecos!!!!

A DAY OF INFAMY: today was obviously the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  Fittingly, we drove on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway today.

TOMORROW: sleeping in a bit in the morning…we only have about 5 hours of driving tomorrow, stopping in Dallas at the home of one of Laurel’s friends from elementary school that she’s re-connected with via Facebook.  It’ll be nice not to be driving 600+ miles for a change in a day.  Thus far, we’ve come about 1585 miles from Cloverdale, and have about 1000 more to go.  We’ll knock off about a third of that tomorrow, 400+ miles on Friday, and then coast on in to the Atlanta area on Saturday.  G’night, all!!!

Oh, almost forgot.  This picture was taken at sunrise in Tucson, AZ this morning when I got up to take the dogs out.  I’m including this picture because there are those who think that I never see the sun come up (I’m NOT an early morning person!), and I wanted to prove otherwise.  Of course, you’ll have to take my word for the fact that I did, indeed, shoot this!

Tucson, AZ Sunrise, 12/07/11

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 43 BC, Marcus Tullius, better known as Cicero, died.  He was a Roman statesman and writer, but is considered the greatest orator that Rome produced.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the American sculptor, Alexander Calder, lived in Paris and rigged it so that he could open his front door from the bathtub.

 

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