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Tom Week – Paris

Paris Texas

5/29/20 – Paris

For her birthday I took Pat to Paris to see the Eiffel tower. Yes, it was Paris Texas. Yes, it is only one tenth the size of the one in France. But does the once in France have a huge red cowboy hat on top? I think not!

We are parked for two days in a crowded park in the middle of a nowhere Texas highway. I love it. There are cows.

5/30/20 – Longhorns

I should have realized that while in Texas, one does not just have cows next door. One has longhorns. A nightmare for sufferers of taurophobia.

I took a ride today and explored the downtowns of Savoy and Bells Texas. That didn’t take too long.

5/31/20 – North Texas

Every state has their own “only in _____” things. North Texas is that kind of place. Knife outlet stores, high caliber shooting ranges, deer processing shops. Those, I expected. The fireworks shop that also sells propane? That I did not expect.

We’re now on the “prairie” part of Texas, on our way north to try to escape next week’s heat. It’s supposed to hit 100 here on Wednesday. Yuck.

6/1/20 – The Burkburnett Experience

The only thing between us and Oklahoma is the Welcome To Texas sign. Tomorrow we go to Oklahoma. The day after we cross back into a different part of Texas. You can’t get there from here.

Took what I thought was a long bike ride today, but it turned out to be only nine miles. I blame the rough shoulders and humidity for my miscalculation of effort. Though I did manage to get a picture of some cows standing in water, so it was all worth it.

6/2/20 – Oklahoma Land

A lot like Texas, but with more casinos. The park we’re at has buffaloes. (Is that spelling right? The spell-checker says so. Looks weird to me.) Today only hit 90. Thanks to a stiff breeze it was tolerable.

We’re in an area with very low COVID-19 infections. Very few people wearing masks though.

6/3/20 – Across Texas

Started the day on Oklahoma. Drove through Texas. Now we are in Tucumcari New Mexico. It was a long day on the road, but not as bad as expected. We are now in Mountain time so the TV is all kinds of mixed up.


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Hey Bob – Talking Italics

Hey Bob

Bob and Lorry have a discussion with emphasis.

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100 Words – Turnpike to Mist

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I was born and raised in the last village on The Bedford Turnpike. Despite its fancy name it was a ragged dirt road that went nowhere. A couple miles past the village the road disappeared into the highland mist. Nobody ever came back from there.

My neighbor Cassandra took her name to heart and sat in her old wooden chair at the end of town telling people to turn back. Nobody ever listened to her. She knew they wouldn’t. Still, she had to fulfill her duty. The warnings absolved her. Their fate was their own, and whatever lived up there.

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Dr. Socket – Prelude

prelude to Dr. Socket

Just who is the boss? All families have arguments.

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Tom Week – The Other Moro Bay

moro bay

5/21/20 – Moro Bay

Not to confused with Morro Bay. The “bay” here is actually just a bend in a narrow, but overflowing, lake. We are dry on top of a hill and no rain is expected, so we’re safe for tonight. Judging from all the cabins on stilts, flooding is a problem here.

I’m told by the clerk at McDonalds that white people around here usually drink Dr. Pepper. She was surprised when I ordered a coke.

My trip to WalMart was educational. I’ve developed a new 80/20 rule when analyzing the conflict between COVID-19 and white privilege. 80% of the African American shoppers were wearing masks, where only 20% of the white shoppers wore them. Disturbing.

Also; A spirit that travels with us sometimes pointed out to Pat what looked like a white ring on the ground outside her window. The spirit insisted that it was valuable and should be retrieved. I went out to find it while Pat leaned out the window to direct me. Turned out to be a bone. Did I mention that the spirit loves practical jokes?

5/22/20 – Texarkana

Is it Texas? Is it Arkansas? Are we 20 miles from Louisiana? Yes. There are actually two towns named Texarkana. One is in Arkansas, the other is in Texas. Stateline Ave splits the two. The northbound lanes are in AR. The southbound in TX. Our poor GPS talking lady was getting all confused.

It is hot and humid hear. They have a swimming pool, but I’m too paranoid to try it. The further west we go, the fewer masks we see.

We are in Dr. Pepper land for sure. The McDonalds cup lids even have a Dr. Pepper bump to press is. There is no bump for coke.

The bike shop in town did not have the tires I was looking for, but did have a reasonable substitute. I will put them on tomorrow and hopefully the projected storms will miss us.

5/23/20 – Gator Skins

Put the new tires on the bike and went for a ride. Found a wonderful bike-trailed park just a couple of miles away.

Not nearly as hot as yesterday.

5/24/20 – Frisbee Golf

Or should I say, Disc Golf? There is a course in the park I’m riding my bike in. There were a few people playing yesterday. A whole bunch were playing today. So many in fact that their “discs” were hitting people on the path.

I was heading downhill, a woman was coming up the hill. She got hit by a flying disc. She picked it up and bent it in two. (She was not a delicate flower.) They guy who threw it did not apologize, nor did he complain about his destroyed disc.

Then she pointed something out to me that I hadn’t noticed. The guy wasn’t just carrying his discs. Or even carrying them in a bag like most of the others. He had a CART to carry his Frisbees in. As the woman said, “Privileged white boys!”

5/25/20 – And the Rains Came

The rain that has been threatening to come for the last few days finally arrived late this afternoon. Still managed to get a bike ride in though.

It’s weird seeing all the news footage about crowded vacation spots. There is almost nobody here. The news keeps reporting on the empty airport. I guess Texarkana isn’t the holiday hot spot I imagined.

5/26/20 – Weird Hole in Texas

Totally by accident we found a city in Texas where the virus’s has been relatively weak. Not by accident. Nearly all the people at WalMart were masked and standing apart. The first WalMart where I’ve seen that.

5/27/20 – Game Night

Got to play online games with the family tonight. I won two out of three games. I rock! OK, the topics of the games I won are right up my alley.


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