Thisawayz and Thatawayz

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who only dream at night. – Edgar Allan Poe

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Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin’ for a train

I didn’t really know much about Baton Rouge other than the Janis Joplin song “Me and Bobby McGee” and I love the name. Translated from French, it’s not nearly as romantic sounding, nor is the history of the name. “Red Stick” refers to the blood-drenched poles that were used to hang bear heads and fish […]

This straw business is H.A.R.D!

At the start of the year, I vowed to give up straws, for the ocean. It’s easy at home – we don’t go out for meals much, and when we do, I rarely order soft drinks, and if I do, I quickly say “no straw!” They never give you a straw for water. In California, […]

No, you have the weird accent!

Welcome to Louisiana! Woman on the phone with a strong Cajun accent asks for my last name … Me: Wright with a double-U. Her: Spell that for me? Me: W-R-I-G-H-T  Her: Ohh I didn’t understand you. You have a different accent. Me: *laughing* I’m Canadian. Her: Oh and I’m a French Cajun girl!

OMG! What is this place?!

It’s like the Costco of gas stations. They have every kind of crazy junk food, lunch items, clothes, jewelry, knick knacks, housewares, all kinds of pickles, a whole wall of coffee, slush and pop machines. Outside they have 134 gas pumps, 4 carwash and 19 vacuum lanes! When they say everything is bigger in Texas, […]

Cinco de Cairo is a great day to be in San Antonio!

In my family, we call the 5th of May Cinco de Cairo. It’s the day my daughter, Cairo was born, so it’s a natural match for us. Today we were not with her, but instead we’re in San Antonio, and there was a lot going on. We wandered around the downtown river walk during the […]

Sleeping with the band in San Antonio!

Our neighbours tonight at Casa Walmart are the Relampaguitos, a travelling band, from Mexico. From their site: With the aim of keeping northern music alive, Relampaguitos was born, a group from Monterrey, Nuevo León. Rescuing the original sound and style made famous by Los Relámpagos del Norte in the sixties and making it known to […]

Quest for the Dump Station

This sign at the Sunland Park & Casino makes Harold and I think of a mythic adventure puzzle game. “Thru the woods and over the vale where the mighty horsemen stomp and hale. Strong of mind and good of heart, else your head and body will part. Answer the age old questions of three, and […]

I am the wind, he is the wall

The man in the RV next to us sweeps the sand from his pad three times a day. Morning, noon, and night, on a schedule. What I see as a lovely encroachment of the beach melding the two of us together, he sees as a mess that needs to be pushed back. I said to […]

Lana Del Rey sings to me in Playa del Rey

  “I was always an unusual girl. My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.”  -Lana del Rey  

Anza Borrego wants me dead

The desert wants me dead. The wind blows in , and my synapses go crazy. Last year had me fainting and falling into walls til I was sure I was having a stroke. Doctor took one look in my ears and told me I had water in there. “Spring super bloom causes this!” he said. […]

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