Katzenhaus Books is once again open for blogging. Or perhaps I should say, some of us are. The cats are at home, happily enjoying the attentions of a catsitter who dotes on them. Husband and I are on the road, headed for Phoenix and the Military Writers Society of America Conference and Awards Banquet. (Stay tuned!) In the meantime, here are some of the oddities we spotted today.
- While still in Memphis, a billboard announcing "Speed Wins!" Well, OK, Xfinity, I suppose it does if you're talking about download time, but it seems a little socially irresponsible to shout it at the edge of a major interstate during rush hour.
- Outside of Forrest City, Arkansas, a billboard advertising "factory outlet" for adult books and sex toys. Again, the mind boggles.
- Restroom stop in Conway, Arkansas -- tiny but new fixtures -- spoiled by dead cockroaches on floor. Husband points out that's better than the alternative.
- As we cross into Oklahoma, a cluster of dead armadillos at side of road. Husband insists on calling them possums on the half-shell.
- Lunch in a KFC, where a large man devours a plate from the buffet and then goes back for second helpings. He sits down, has a few bites, then suddenly hurls the full plate across the restaurant, where it hits an empty table and spills mashed potatoes and gravy all over the floor. He then quietly gets up and strolls out the door.
- Almost cut off by a "stealth cop car" -- dark, no light bar, and you have to strain to see the outline of the word "Police" on the side.
- We're now noticing signs along the road proclaiming that we are entering or leaving one of the Native American nations. In the Creek Nation, we see a billboard that reads, "We have proud traditions -- Domestic violence is not one of them." Yea, verily.
- Another sign advertises "Catfish Roundup Restaurant." Any idea how you roundup catfish, especially in the Great Plains?
- And finally we discover that the Rest Areas along the highway have stylized Indian teepees as picnic tables. Love it.
We finished the day by exploring Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. Never been there before but an AF base always feels a little like home.