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.