We drove through the prairies

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 18, 2009

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

One of Ally's roommates woke me up early this morning by turning on the light and getting ready for work. I couldn't sleep after that. It was about 6 a.m. I tried to sleep for a while, and then just bit the bullet, got up and started getting ready to go.

Adam, Ryan and Sylvain were of course, all still sleeping. I made some breakfast and pretty much just tried to get everyone else up to go. I am excited to meet Heather, and I don't want to get there too late!

I drove out from Denver on the 1-70 and about 2 hours into the drive, what do I see? A freaking TUMBLEWEED flies across the road! I had difficulty controlling my bladder, that's how excited I was. I thought I'd see one in the desert, but nope, there it goes, over the green rolling hills of Colorado. Just magical. The tumbleweed.

When we are about an hour outside of Wichita, we call up AJ to let him know we are on our way. There happens to be a frozen custard place where we order a bunch of the creamy goodness, and then get on our way.

We arrive just on time to find Heather and Kelly chilling out with some microbrew at River City Brewing company. They have made friends in the waiter, Dan, and he brings us FREE pizzas and later on, FREE beer even. What a guy. I decide he deserves a TPod t shirt.

Heather is so cute and funny, I'm glad I met her. She gave me her Jesus action figure that caused such a big fuss in the forums a few weeks ago.

Our car is like the United Nations, we have the guy from China, the guy from France, the guy from rural Ontario who likes to shoot guns and... me. So, we've been having a lot of debates on our long drives everywhere. One recurring debates is about gun control. Do you feel uncomfortable with guns? Why? Should they be banned? Is hunting a valid hobby? Etc. etc.

So, we ask Heather and Kelly about it. They are both not so comfortable with concealed weapons, but they seem to be pretty cool with hunters. As we cross the country, we find that this is the general consensus among the people we meet.

Before I know it, it's time for Heather and Kelly to go. We say goodbye to them and then we head out to AJ's place. It's just down the street. It's a really big house where a whole bunch of classical musicians live. Their friends seem to be there any time of day or night, partying and playing music and chatting.

Once again, I pose the gun control debate question. This quickly morphs into a discussion about crackheads. AJ's friend Ben (who is joining the Peace Corps and going to Tanzania soon) says he used to shoot them in the head with a BB gun.


Hold on a second.... WHAT?!

"These people are human BEINGS, Ben, what's your freaking problem?!"

"No they're not, they're the scum of the earth."

"OK fine, you can think that but you're just perpetuating the problem by shooting them!"

"Well they moved out of my neighbourhood after that..."

I am speechless for a minute....


Ben abruptly gets up and leaves and AJ says he is tired and goes to bed. Yeah, I'm tired too, see you guys in the morning.
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marian55 on

That's hilarious
I'm sure the owner of the truck is happy you were able to control your bladder! You are absolutely hilarious. I'm soooo glad you got to see the TUMBLEWEED! Did you get a pic?

sianeth on


I never thought that actually happened in real life!

big_red_truck on

Thoughts on gun control
I think that if a criminal knew that most of the people he (or she) was trying to rob were carrying concealed weapons, then he (or she) would probably think long and hard about whether it's worth it. I do think you should have to go through a criminal records background check before being allowed to buy a handgun though.

travelmonster on

A tumbleweed AND frozen custard all in one day!! Cool. I've never had/seen either - sounds great!

donyan on

here in México, we call it 'gobernadora' and is used as a medicinal herb.

In the San Luis Potosí desert, small villages near 'Real del Catorce' bake bread in ovens with it. It gives a wonderfull flavor! And smokeless fire.

donyan on

gun control
deffinitly, I preffer to have a gun when in trouble, than needing to have a gun to get out of trouble. Guns need EXCELLENT training, they don't allow any mistakes. If you lack decission, the other one can take it from you and kill you.

Many times past I carried Matilda...

(a colt 45 automatic: takes a bear away: A) because it's LOUD! and B) because it has punch. A 22 caliber can go through the assaillant without stoping him!)

...with me, on lonely roads carrying workers from the local sugar cane procesing plant, at night and with a full salary on their pockets.

Me and a Candido, the secret police who got me boxes of amo for Matilda, we were the only protection for 15 campesinos! For half an hour of cows only, until reaching the village.

My father was a General, and I was born in WW II. There, one learned at an early age...

starlagurl on

Gun control...
Yeah, it's a very sticky subject and there are lots of different viewpoints on it. It was interesting talking to people from 'the south' about it. I don't think I could live with the same prevalence of guns as they do.

loolie on

OMG a tumbleweed...I would have freaked out too! :D

starlagurl on

Re: Tumbleweed!
Heehee! It was crazy!!!

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