Saturday, April 10, 2021
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Nearly two years ago, I spent the night at a little "hole in the wall" motel near Hazen, Arkansas (Travel Inn?). It was not a very good place: the air conditioning barely worked and the place was overall rather run down. I left a review spelling out the problems and today received a response Thank you for enlightening the issues you faced while your stay with us the upgradation is been made. Hope we soon. WTF was that?
I've always favored the "independent" (aka Mom & Pop) motels because they are often cheaper than the chains. But I'm running out of luck trying to find something that's not on its last legs &/or caters to the fly by night crowd.
I guess I'll have to bite the bullet and spend a little more. Either that, or find a KOA and sleep in the back of the van.
Monday, January 11, 2021
BUT US 471 never existed. There's IOWA 471 (a former alignment of US 71) and there was an ARKANSAS 471 for a few years, which became 71B (long story), but never US 471 (except for one Exit sign that posted it wrong in the late 1980's/early 1990's), so why not?
It's not full size, but only 12x12. I could have ordered 16x16 or 24x24, but that would have cost me $150+. This mini sign only cost me around $30 with shipping. If I keep ordering large signs, I'm going to start running out of wall space to hang them.
Saturday, January 09, 2021
Occasionally, I get tired of my own cooking so I'll eat out. Usually a casual dining spot like the local hamburger place or Thai rice joint I've also been known to haunt KFC once in a blue moon.
Today was different. Today I turned 61. I normally don't make a big fuss over it, but I like to go someplace nice. This year, it was Doe's Eat Place. Yeah, they are a little pricey, but they are good for special occasions. I usually only eat there on my birthday. Sadly, I didn't this year.
I walked in and was warmly greeted. I asked for a table for one. Dead silence. The two greeters started looking at the seating charts and talking amongst themselves. One mentioned seating me at the bar, but the other vetoed that idea. "I can wait a few minutes if I have to". More talking amongst themselves. Finally they asked "can you come back in 3 hours?"
Let's see: it's currently 6:50pm. Three hours will be 9:50 pm. You close at 10, so I would be rushed to hurry and eat so you can close shop and go home. I'll pass.
I suppose it's my fault for not anticipating how busy they would be on a Saturday with limited seating. But asking me to come back in 3 hours when they close in 3 hours feels like an insult.
Friday, December 25, 2020
Christmas 2020 is almost over. Not much to say about it, though. I spent half the day working on cleaning my apartment and that was about it. This was my 6th Christmas without Mom and the 10th without Dad. We rarely got along, yet sometimes I miss him.
My sister I rarely see or talk to. Just as well.
I've all but decided I'll probably never marry, so that leaves just me on the holidays.
Maybe if I' hadn't been so anti-Trump fours years ago, I'd still have friends. As it is, I rarely get to speak to anyone except my neighbors. Perhaps that is my lot in life.
I've avoided the Covid (so far), but I'm tired of sitting at home. I want to hit the road and go exploring. Maybe 2021 will present better opportunities.