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Trip Start Dec 14, 2011
Trip End Jun 10, 2012

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Is it my imagination or am I starting to look a little bit weird????...
Is it my imagination or am I starting to look a little bit weirder????

The tow truck driver has a point.
I can replace the car - but I cannot replace my life, legs, arms or head.
He has seen it all - people whose's guts have spilled out all over the front of the car;
people with missing legs, people with missing arms, people with missing heads - decapitated.
People have a lot of blood and they bleed a lot - it is very messy...
I didn't bleed....

The most important thing is that I am alive - it is the only thing that really matters
- everything else is incidental and of secondary importance
- and that is what I am going to have to focus on...
That is what I am going to have to focus on - what is important in my life
- being alive is what is important...

Have rented a Jeep Van, have loaded all of my stuff from my wrecked car into the Jeep Van,
have taken care of business, have gotten a little taste of Texas and I am on my way again...
They say that if a horse bucks you off - you should get right back on again as if nothing has happened. I am applying that principle to my car... I do have experience in these matters
 - this is not the first time that I have totaled a car... 

There was a number of challenges involved in what would appear to be fairly simple matters.
And I got to experience a little bit of what Texas is like.
It is like a furnace in the summer time...

The USA is the most obese nation in the world with 30% of its population in the obese category..
Mexico is second with 24% of its population in the obese category...
In the USA, most people from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Oregon, North Dakota,
South Dakota, Montana, Idaho are not obese. People in southern Texas make up for the people in those states that are not obese. Most southern Texans tend to be very obese. The Tow tuck driver's son is 24 years old, very obese and has sugar diabetes and is on insulin...
Most southern Texans have an aggressive, hostile, suspicious attitude....not nice people.
I was at a talk by a Buddhist on peace walks in America... He mentioned that sometimes the people in the peace walks got beaten-up and in some cases even killed/murdered. I asked if this was because people were against peace walks. He said no - it was because some people just do not like having outsiders in their neighborhood or they just do not like people that are different - like people who are dressed like Buddhist monks  - this is like the people in Southern Texas.  I personally would be in more danger from Texas Red Necks and bigots than I ever was from Mexican drug gangs, bandito's or desperado's. 

What is Southern Texas like - Dilley the small town that I was stuck in has a population of about 3,000 people - 75% are Hispanic, 10% are blacks, 10% are whites and 5% are others...
I noticed that the tow truck driver had a shotgun leaning against the side of his desk in his office
and another shotgun leaning against the wall just inside the front door of his house..I probably should not start making assumptions and generalization based on a few observations...
Noticed several Pawn and Gun shops - I know what a Pawn shop is - but what is a Pawn and Gun Shop.... A real man would never pawn his gun - maybe instead of pawning your possessions for money, you pawn them for a gun... sounds a little bit scary to me....
Noticed at the entrance to restaurants and bars the notice - the penalty for having an unregistered firearm on the premises is up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine..
Guess it is okay to have registered firearms on the premises....
One restaurant that I ate in had about 15 mounted deer heads on their walls....

San Antonio, a city of about 1.5 million is 2/3's Hispanic, 25% white and about 9% other.
Texas, south of San Antonio, is about 75% Hispanic..
The tide of Hispanics is slowly (maybe not that slowly) moving North.... 

No car rentals in Dilley, no out of town bus service, hotel rooms are full almost every nite
and expensive - there is an oil boom going on in this part of Texas - place is full of oil workers.
Oil companies have booked all of the rooms in some of the motels for the whole summer...
Oil workers tend to be very loud and get drunk every nite...

I am going to try to drive a little more carefully in my rental Jeep and
I am going to try to pay a little more attention to driving than changing the CD`s
in the car`s CD player, drinking cokes and eating chocolate bars. 
May not buy any more chocolate bars for a while - if I do not eat them immediately,
they turn into puddles of chocolate mush inside their wrappers (life can be a living HELL!!!) 

Don`t think that I will drive at night anymore - there are good reasons for not driving at night.
During the day you have a lot more points of reference and are much more orientated and it is easier to stay awake when you are driving during the day night time there are very few points of reference, visibility is limited, and I find it harder to stay awake at night time...

Note: I am only on the internet when I stop for a break at a MacDonald`s and get onto the internet through MacDonald`s wireless internet on my laptop computer and at nite - usually after 9:00pm when I stop and get a motel room, also with wireless that I get onto the internet with my laptop computer...Usually am putting in about 12 hours a day on the road from about 8:00am/9:00am
in the morning to about 8:00pm/9:00pm at nite....At nite, in the motel room I am usually very tired and not up to doing very much....

Bruised and Dazed
But Still Alive

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Gord on

So how did the accident happen? What did you hit? Did you get charged for anything?

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