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Day 6: Home again! - The online computery journal thingy of a turtle

Jul. 21st, 2008

10:48 pm - Day 6: Home again!

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Oh! I actually got home about four and a half hours ago, and forgot to post.

Wow, Wichita Falls really is a shithole. When I stayed on the way up, it was July 4 and I was woken up at 1 am by idiots shooting bottle rockets in the parking lot, and then by a guy yelling that he was going to call the police. Last night, I was apparently in a room next to an episode of "Hot Ghetto Mess". There seemed to be two people in the room next door, and although it was after 10 pm, the woman in the room was talking loudly and then she started playing rap music and rapping along with it. I had to call the front desk twice to get them to quiet down so I could get some sleep. And was that a bloodstain on the one and only roll of toilet paper in my bathroom? I didn't wanna know. I took my Swiss Army knife, crudely carved the stained area out and flushed it.

Anyway, I had lunch at The Parks Mall in Arlington, and dinner at Escalante's Mexican Restaurant in Houston.

On the way into Houston, I kept seeing freeway signs displaying:

HURRICANE
FORMING
IN THE GULF

STORM FORMING
FILL YOUR
GAS TANKS

Whoa.

And the funny thing about Wichita Falls is, I just remembered that when I was first planning this trip, and I asked Google Maps to draw me a route from Houston to Seattle, it wanted me to take I-45 to I-35 to I-70 to I-25. I was the one who insisted on driving through North Texas (and spending a night in Wichita Falls) to save about 100 miles. IT TRIED TO WARN ME! I'm sorry, Google Maps, I'll never doubt you again!

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From:wbwolf
Date:July 22nd, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)

Hello Dolly

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Hurricane Dolly suppose to make landfall around Corpus Christi on Wednesday. I'd say you made it home just in time.
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From:nefaria
Date:July 22nd, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)

It's so nice to have you back where you belong

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It's great to be a reptile.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:July 22nd, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)

Re: It's so nice to have you back where you belong

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Now I picture KT shouting, "I LOVE BEING A TURTLE!", in the same tone as one of those adolescents from the late '80s and early '90s. Except that he'd probably yig-pedify it.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 22nd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Hello Dolly

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At least it looks like it'll miss us.
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From:wildbilltx
Date:July 22nd, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
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What was the name of the motel in Wichita Falls you stayed in?? I agree its a shithole town. (I have to drive through it to get to my parents house in Lawton OK)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 23rd, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
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Motel 6.

The previous time, before this trip, that I'd been there was on my way to Santa Fe for Zozobra. I didn't realize what a crap place it is because the freeway was all bogged down with construction and I couldn't figure out how to get to the Motel 6, so I wound up at the fancy Holiday Inn a few blocks away and checked in there, where I was cozily insulated from the crapness of the surrounding town.
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From:wildbilltx
Date:July 24th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
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I learned to stay far away from Motel 6 years ago after too many hard beds, showers that ran out of hot water quickly, rubber mats instead of carpet and the sleezy clientele that stay in them (I saw hookers at one in Dallas). Many times spending $30+ more for a good room can be worth it.

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