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Don’t talk with your mouth full (makes it hard for me to eavesdrop)

Road trip. Photo by Tui Cameron
Road trip. Photo by Tui Cameron

‘Twas a long day, with a long drive to and fro. (In the post that got eaten yesterday, I explained that I was accompanying my boyfriend on a work trip up to Lake Texoma today.)

As always, I kept my camera on my lap in case I saw anything interesting along the way, and, as always, I missed a few, such as the sign on a semi which read, “Caution: I make wide ass turns,” a church named, “Truth,” a Hulk Hogan doppelganger, and a business called, “The Shop,” which had the slogan, “What happens at The Shop stays at The Shop,” on its marquis. Beyond that, I couldn’t tell what kind of business The Shop actually is. Mysterious, eh?

We caught dinner at a place billing itself as, “Home of the original feed trough.” What can I say? We were hungry. The couple in the booth behind us discussed politics as they ate. Well, actually, the woman would say a word or two in between bites, so that a sentence stretched out quite a while.

Made for strenuous eavesdropping on my part. She was saying stuff like: “Someone oughta *chomp* tell *chomp* that Obama *chomp* that giving *chomp* tax cuts *chomp* to all them billionaires *chomp* *chomp* don’t make *chomp* a lick of sense.”

Her half of the conversation consisted of words, but her husband would simply grunt in reply. I think he was agreeing, but it’s hard to say for sure.

On the ride home, my boyfriend said, “Christian drivers must be the worst.”

“Why’s that?” I asked.

“Because I only ever see crosses beside the road marking fatalities.”

[Insert rimshot here.]

Not to make light of traffic fatalities. My best friend nearly died in a car crash, after all, as I mentioned in this post, but he has a point. I’ve never seen a star of David, a Buddha, or anything satanic beside the roadway to mark a fatal accident.

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  1. I don’t think I’ve seen anything but crosses on the side of the road either.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Odd, eh? I’m still looking, too!

  2. Your second sentence seriously almost made me feel really, really homesick. I really need to define a time for me to come visit down that way in the next couple of years.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Sheila: Where in Texas did you live before? I hope you’ll swing by our place when you come this way. Our guest bathroom ought to be done by then! ~Tui

  3. Re: the road-side crosses: hilarious! Thanks for a genuine LOL.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Rimpy! Thanks for commenting. I just checked out your blog and see that we both have an eye for the absurd. Nice to meet you! ~Tui

  4. You don’t need a Buddha by the side of the road (though he’d be at home there) because it’s likely they were already in on the way to their next incarnation!

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      True, Jyllian! Hey – isn’t there some saying along the lines of: if you see Buddha by the side of the road, kill him? Maybe I’ll put an “I brake for Buddha” sticker on my bumper. ~Tui

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