I Remember, I Remember...
Trip Start Mar 31, 2012
10Trip End Apr 07, 2012
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EXTENDED STAY AMERICA ECONOMY AUSTIN ROUND ROCK NORTH
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Lefty and I were trying to be discreet as we waited to enter the Alamo. Through the dust and the early April haze I could see a paunchy, one armed man with greasy hair peering over his sunglasses at the middle aged woman in the stilettos and lime green halter top standing in line in front of us. His partner had a gold tooth and a big gun.
My heart raced as I pulled my hat down on my forehead and reached for my wallet.
"Four dollars, please" the smaller of the two snarled as the Texas sun reflected around the toothpick jammed into his crooked smirk
No hassle at all. They just took our money and let us enter. Obviously, they didn't recognize us. Either that, or they did and decided to look the other way, though I still don't know why. Just kindness, I suppose.
We were thrown off course a little bit yesterday, while we waited out the hailstorms and tornadoes that were surrounding the Dallas area. Nathan and Patti both called me at different times asking if we were alright. It seems that the storms were making the national news. Lefty and I moved the motorcycles so my seestar could put her car back in the garage just minutes before the hailstorm struck The news reported grapefruit, yes, grapefruit sized hail falling in the area.. A video of the storm is included. While still bad and not something that I want hitting me in the face while tooling down the highway on a motorcycle, it appears that the grapefruit in Dallas is much smaller than the Florida variety. Check out the news video http://bdtonline.com/slideshow/x1437248519/VIDEO-Texas-tornado-tosses-truck-trailers
As we waited for the storms to pass, I picked up my niece's guitar and started to play a few blues licks to pass the time. I encouraged Lefty to sing along. He smiled back at me, shook his head slowly and said in a voice just slightly louder than a whisper, "Nah, I can't do that anymore" .
I guess we're both growing older...