We drove all the way to Texas and back for the spring shows. We will NOT be doing that this fall. Listed below are the HARDSHIPS we had to endure:***
First of all we think it was STUPID that we had to go through the WEIGH STATIONS with all the truckers. Honestly, can't a junk posse just cross state lines without a hassle? Who knew IRONSTONE butter pats could require 'extra paperwork' ? And then there were the baby heads...
Speeding tickets. At some point we KNOW the speed limit was 85 mph. Those boys in Mississippi DO NOT have a sense of humor.
Truck drivers. Are. Perverts. Every single time we made the universal signal for them to HONK their HORNS we received a different kind of response-- (remember the trucker in Thelma & Louise?). It's a GOOD THING LAURI didn't get her gun permit prior to the trip. It would have cost us a great deal of junking time if we had to 'splain ourselves 'to the Louisiana State Patrol.
Weather Updates. Press'n'talk technology is fun---up to a point. The Big Q, Lauri's husband, is secretly a weather channel wannabe. We heard about every wind gust from the Georgia/ALabama state line to Houston. He is a sweetie pie, but honestly he DIDN'T BELIEVE US when we told him we weren't in any rain even though HIS computer showed the storm-of-the-century raining down EXACTLY where we were. Silly man. We could still sorta see out the windshield.
Back seat drivers via cell phones in GA. We chippys share the philosophy that if we weren't supposed to drive over 85 mph the speedometer shouldn't have those high numbers---end of discussion. Men, in and out of uniform, don't get that ideology.(See Number 1).
HOUSTON. Armpit of interstate travel winner, hands down. Sorry Houstonians but your state DOT has a sick, perverse sense of humor. WHAT THE F&$^% is up with those one-way-only-no-signs-for-u-turns access roads just west of downtown on I-10?? IT TOOK US 30 Minutes to figure out how to get to the roach motel and another 30 minutes to get to the restaurant a block away. After 14 hours on the road we really didn't NEED the hassle. Thank GOODNESS the bartender at that Carrabba's could make a decent cocktail. Lauri was UNDER THE TABLE after one G&T--she is so cute when she isn't ornery. I got to drive one block to the hotel and still managed to get lost DUE TO THE STUPID road construction.
HOUSTON. Kudos again. AFter all-night carousing at the Junk-O-Rama prom we HAD TO DRIVE BACK to GEorgia EARLY next day to miss rush hour in Houston. Wrong. Is it EVIL to PRETEND to have access to the EXPRESS lanes all the way through town???? We think so. ONE HOUR of sitting in traffic does not make a happy pair of Chippys. Glad we have the punching dummy otherwise Lauri might have TRIED to dope=slap ME and vice versa. She isn't so cute when she is ornery.
All in all it was a very good trip. BUT, since we're flying this time PLEASE PRAY FOR ME...Lauri doesn't 'fly well'. Oh mah gawd. I fear for the TSA personnel. If she gets detained----I'm going without her! No doubt about it.
Stay tuned....the adventure is fast approaching xo lulu
Someone wise once said "Don't let the facts GET IN THE WAY of a good story". 'nuff said.