I spend a lot of time driving in and around the tiny towns in Texas that give us our redneck reputation. Yesterday was no different. I spent a lot of my time lost. I went into a gas station to ask for directions. The female clerk with no teeth had no clue what I was talking about and she sent me to the “restaurant side” of the gas station to ask the “men” for directions. I took two steps over to the “restaurant side” and it was full of men. There were probably 6 of them. All older. All wearing boots. All with Yosemite Sam facial hair. Instead of quietly asking one of them, I stood at the front of the room like I was going to present an award and said very loudly, “I’m looking for Explore USA. Would any of you gentlemen know which way I need to go?”
One extremely gruff and rugged man in the back said, “Sugar, you from Dallas?”
“I sure I am,” I said with a smile…I soooo knew what was coming.
“WELCUUUUUUM TA GAWD’S CUUUUUNTREEEEEEE!”
I thanked him and told him I liked it out there, but I didn’t like being lost. He kindly gave me directions and I was on my way, but not before running into an ostrich and some camels. Obviously, I had to stop and take pictures:
Later that day, I was told that I should get a CHL. I had no idea what that even was until “we” started discussing whether a semi-automatic or a revolver would be more appropriate for me. A CHL is a concealed handgun license. Me? Get one? Yeah right. I hate guns. The only time I ever shot one was at the shooting range with my Dad and I cried.
But, this is Texas…God’s country.
In other news, I’m getting a ton of things marked off of my incredibly long to-do list and it feels great. I just wish I could stop adding things!!!
Okay, I’ve got projects, work and school to deal with today. Hopefully, I’ll get to draw a big red line through a few more things on my list!