From Nowhere to Everywhere

Trip Start Nov 21, 2011
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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The tail end of 100,000 trucks

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Welcome from Morristown, TN. Yes, it appears that someone transplanted some part of Morristown, NJ, to the northeast corner of Tennessee. Whatever last night's Town With Nothing to tonight’s Town With Everything including a TJ Maxx to join the WalMart, Office Depots and all that makes America so, er, great.

It also has a great place to eat: The Sagebrush Steak House, where our last meal before the inevitable diet, was a great one. MJ had a quesadilla that was four times as thick as anything she’d ever had. My ribeye was done to perfection. This is the south, of course, and the beer ranged from lite to lighter, but they did serve Pennsylvania’s famous and growing by leaps and bounds, Yuengling, the oldest continuously operating brewery in the Americas.

We left Nowhere early this morning, 0730 (shiver), so that we could arrive Somewhere before dark, which despite the froggy weather and flaming truck drivers, we did with light to spare. The water that blesses Tennessee is in stark contrast to the drought stricken Texan landscape with its dried up lakes and dusty streambeds (it’s been a long time since the waters of the Rio Grande reached the Gulf). Dad and Tim in Buda have not been allowed to water their lawn in months. They can do only two clothes washes and one dish wash per week. Our nephew, Ted, is seriously considering going into the water world that has become the next oil rush. The hunt for, use of, and protection for our dwindling fresh water sources has become a growth industry that is shovel-ready.

Gas in Tennessee often falls below the three-dollar mark--cheaper than water!

We’ve found that traffic on the nation’s highways has not diminished with the imminence of winter. The lower price of gas surely spurs the high levels of vehicle movement we’ve witnessed this time. Good or bad?

The California Feros arrived safely in SoCal and Michael has been busy with damage control caused by the death of his distributor in Tucson, Lew Bush, by heart attack, the 7th San Diego Super Bowl team member to die young. He had sent the apparatus necessary for an operation on Thursday, but had to visit the grieving family in San Diego today and thoughtfully retrieve the material and take it to Tucson. Haven’t heard a status other than Michael is there with the wife and four kids.

Tomorrow, we make the last leg of the trip. The weather is supposed to be good. We beat the odds this time.

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Freelance Thinker on

You must stop eating at steak houses. Haven't you heard the warnings about red meat?

Water rationing in Buda sounds serious. Right now, we have too much water where I live. Wish I could send some down to Texas.

Kolorado Kid on

Having known Patrick for nigh on 70 years now, I can attest to the fact that if red meat were going to kill him, it'd have happened long ago. At the moment of birth, rumor has it he was chewing on a piece of fine Michigan beef.

pdfero on

If I followed all the bad advice about food and absurd diets that have come along in my lifetime, I'd be dead by now. Instead, I eat what I like but in moderation. Besides, we all gotta die of something; I'd rather die of beef than chicken.

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