Sun. Aug. 26, 2018 – last day on the road…

or so I hope. Google says 8 more hours. My butt and back hurt. I’ll be a cripple by the time I get home.

n

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31 Responses to Sun. Aug. 26, 2018 – last day on the road…

  1. SteveF says:

    When you get home, lie down on the floor and have your wife walk on your back (and butt). Or the kids. Or pets, depending on their weight and your tolerance.

    More usefully (and that really was bad advice; don’t do it except with really little kids or lightweight adults who know exactly what they’re doing) stop more often, every hour if you need to. Don’t just walk from the car to the bathroom and back, do some stretches. Light calisthenics or tai chi chuan, maybe. It’ll take you 10 hours to get back, but you won’t be crippled at the end.

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    60 something miles from Texarkana on I 30 S. and I’m not impressed by Arkansas’s rest areas.

    N

  3. nightraker says:

    Here is a giggle:
    Trump-Pense-Trump

  4. Greg Norton says:

    60 something miles from Texarkana on I 30 S. and I’m not impressed by Arkansas’s rest areas.

    At least there are some rest areas.

    Remember, Texarkana is dry — the fatal flaw in the “Smokey and the Bandit” script.

  5. DadCooks says:

    @nightraker, thanks for the “giggle”.

  6. Jenny says:

    @nick
    In solidarity, regarding a rat (one of no doubt a brood), that made its presence known after mom landed in hospital (drunk, fell, broke her arm and had a heart attack. Old alcoholics suck).

    From our friend:
    “So the info….
    Bob put a trap in the crawl space where the sump pump usually goes yesterday. This rat was so big the after being caught he drug the trap about 3 feet. It’s body was about 10 inches and it’s tail was over 12 inches long
    I can only pray the was Herman. We will plug holes in the bathroom tomorrow
    I am afraid there may be a female somewhere or babies. That was too big of a rat to travel alone.”

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    Last rest stop. Livingston TX nice rest area. Almost home.

    N

  8. Greg Norton says:

    Last rest stop. Livingston TX nice rest area. Almost home.

    Isn’t that an suburb by Texas standards? Definitely an exurb.

    The idiot husband of my wife’s Prog associate in Vantucky was from Cut-n-Shoot. IIRC, his parents did something for NASA at JSC.

    (For those unfamiliar with Texas, yes, it really is the name of a town.)

  9. Greg Norton says:

    So, @RickH and @DadCooks — What’s going on with medicine in WA this Summer from the consumer perspective?

    Over the last week or so, my wife has received an out-of-the-ordinary number of job-related calls from WA State. In a figurative sense, I made sure we burned her WA license once we got to TX, but I guess reactivation is a nit.

  10. lynn says:

    This rat was so big the after being caught he drug the trap about 3 feet. It’s body was about 10 inches and it’s tail was over 12 inches long

    That is one big rat. Here in the South, we call rats of that size nutria. I understand that they are quite good eating.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coypu

  11. lynn says:

    (For those unfamiliar with Texas, yes, it really is the name of a town.)

    My wife’s mother was from Noodle, TX.

  12. mediumwave says:

    The idiot husband of my wife’s Prog associate in Vantucky was from Cut-n-Shoot.

    My wife’s mother was from Noodle, TX.

    I feel compelled to uphold the honor of the Pelican State: Dry Prong, Louisiana.

  13. SteveF says:

    I’m in upstate New York. Between the Dutch and the Amerind background, we’ve practically cornered the market on odd place names.

  14. DadCooks says:

    @Greg Norton said:
    “So, @RickH and @DadCooks — What’s going on with medicine in WA this Summer from the consumer perspective?”

    I don’t know about the left coast, but here in the Tri-Cities, there have been some significant changes with the ownership of 2 of the 3 hospitals (going from non-profits to for-profit) and management shake-ups at the third (a for-profit). There is a significant gap in nurse experience; they are either very experienced (20 to 30 years) or less than 5 to 10 years experience. The experienced nurses are getting tired of the politics and focus away from the patients, so they are retiring if possible or flat out quitting. There is a growing shortage of Family Practice Doctors, and the “specialists” that are coming in are south-ends-of-a-north-bound-donkey. The nurses can’t stand working for them.

    My wife retired on December 31, 2016, after 30+ years at her hospital as a surgical nurse, RN. 20+ RNs were working in surgery, all but two have now retired or left, and the last two will leave this year. Now there is not a surgical nurse with more than 10-years experience, and most are “travelers” (nurses “owned” by a company that contracts them out to a hospital).

    The future for medical care is not just dim, it is pitch black.

    Add: For reference, my daughter is still the Lead Accredited Certified Coder at Hospital “3” (the BIG one) so she has her thumb on the pulse of medical care from all perspectives; hospital side, insurance side, and gooberment side. All the old nurses at my wife’s hospital have an “old gals club” where they keep up on goings on.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    “The idiot husband of my wife’s Prog associate in Vantucky was from Cut-n-Shoot.”

    “My wife’s mother was from Noodle, TX.”

    “I feel compelled to uphold the honor of the Pelican State: Dry Prong, Louisiana.”

    In Florida, we had Jackass Crossing until the Turnpike Authority changed the name to Yeehaw Junction.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    The future for medical care is not just dim, it is pitch black.

    Kinda figured that when my wife’s clinic in Vantucky started deputizing Fred Meyer pharmacists with prescription authority to make up for lost primary care doctors. Still, the volume of calls for WA had been pretty low until the last few weeks.

  17. paul says:

    To me, Livingston is a gas stop on the way to Jasper. Not a good vibe place. Jasper is worse. But the folks I dealt with were all very nice and cool. Maybe it’s just all the trees and ya can’t see.

    Grass Valley in CA is similar. But with snotty folks.

  18. Nick Flandrey says:

    Home safe. Big rainstorm south of Livingston. Washed the bugs off the truck.

    It’s hot here.

    N

  19. Rick Hellewell says:

    @lynn … thanks for reading the excerpt on my story here. I’ve been worried that it wasn’t long enough, and that there wasn’t enough ‘zing’ (author friend John D Brown’s term for a end-of-chapter-hook) in there to entice the reader.

    Have to work on that excerpt, I guess. But thanks for looking at it.

  20. lynn says:

    Home safe. Big rainstorm south of Livingston. Washed the bugs off the truck.

    It’s hot here.

    Hey man, we kept it warm for you.

    And there is a 1/2 inch of liquid sunshine in the pool this afternoon.

  21. lynn says:

    The wife made us fried egg sandwiches with cashews, mustard, mayonnaise, and cheese for supper. Lady came over and begged a couple of egg strips from me so the wife made her some fried eggs with mayonnaise on them. That 15.7 year old dog made a ten foot horizontal leap racing me back to the game room. Gobble, gobble, gobble. Lady earlier turned up her nose on honey turkey slices and canned chicken that I made for her.

    Living the good life here in Sugar Land watching my Astros beat up on the Angels (through five innings so far) with a called up rookie pitcher.

  22. lynn says:

    @nick, went and looked at this open house today for grins. I really liked the one acre lot and no HOA. But 1965 was just too old for me with no significant upgrades since then. Pretty much a bulldoze and new house if I was to buy it so too much money for us.
    https://www.har.com/3307-pecha-lane/sale_75521467

  23. Jenny says:

    @lynn
    …nutria. I understand that they are quite good eating.
    Nutria shows up in the low end fur shops in the tourist district. Folks really want sheared beaver coats. It’s unbelievable stuff. Few can afford it. So the sales guy steers them to muskrat, describing it as a cousin to the beaver and just as wonderful (not quite, not quite). When the sales guy determines their mark is poor they steer them to nutria. A cousin to the muskrat. Not quite. Not quite. It does make an ok fur coat on a budget but it’s certainly not anyone’s first choice…

    And as California’s economy worsens giant rats and nutria will certainly look filling and nutritious. There have been jokes about what’s really served in Chinatown since I was a child in the 70’s.

    Im afraid I’ll be soliciting rat hunt tips from Nick when I get to moms. Where there is one there are many. That’s true of a lot of pests.

  24. Mr.K says:

    Welcome home Nick.. Glad the trip was uneventful.. Much to think about along the way no doubt.
    Try to take it easy for a while… (if you can) 🙂

  25. Ray Thompson says:

    There have been jokes about what’s really served in Chinatown since I was a child in the 70’s.

    Meow.

  26. MrAtoz says:

    Woof!

  27. Ray Thompson says:

    Raycist.

  28. lynn says:

    And as California’s economy worsens giant rats and nutria will certainly look filling and nutritious. There have been jokes about what’s really served in Chinatown since I was a child in the 70’s.

    “Meat from a 20-lb swamp rat: taste test”
    https://boingboing.net/2013/04/29/meat-from-a-20-kb-swamp-rat-t.html

    Somebody used to ship nutria meat from Louisiana to China but I cannot find the reference. We have about 100 to 200 nutria living in the bayou about a 100 yards away from our house. People keep on running them over on the road in the middle of the night.

    Hint: if you have nutria living nearby your home, you are living in a flood zone.

  29. nick flandrey says:

    One of my cajun friends has kids that kept them as pets.

    n

  30. Grant says:

    This pattern shows no signs of stopping.

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