June 25, 2003

Things I Learned on Our Trip

Well water is delicious, but life is very bad when your pump goes out.

Kids really do throw up if you swing them around enough after eating.

You really can't get a prescription filled in Mena, Arkansas on a Sunday.

Squirrels can be trained.

Dragonflies can be huge.

My kids do really well on long car trips.

Roadrunners are small.

I do much better on twisty two-lane roads when I'm the one driving.

No place on Earth rains as much as Alabama.

Nuclear powered rockets are small.

The Space Center in Huntsville needs funds to update itself (the Space Shuttle simulator has you trying to land the Columbia).

Connor can't land the Shuttle in simulation.

Aidan not only knows that the Shuttle uses explosive bolts to attach the external fuel tanks, he knows why they use them.

Never have I seen so much rain before. Ever.

The folks in the music business smoke even more crack than I thought they did.

There is a really good radio station left in the U.S., and for some reason it's in Monroe, Louisiana.

The Holiday Inn in Montgomery has lousy service.

Visiting my family is not nearly as bad as I remembered.

Montgomery is as bad as I remembered.

No matter what you do, you're still going to piss off your family somehow.

My sister in law and my cousin Jennifer snort when they laugh. When you get them laughing and snorting together ... it's really funny.

City water is convenient, but life is very bad when the water main breaks.

The South is really hot.

The South still has the best food.

Granola is easy to make.

You can love your family, but that doesn't change the fact that they can be stupid and have to face the consequences for their stupidity.

My parents know good beer.

Of the 17,000 buried at Vicksburg, 13,000 are unknowns.

My baby likes collard greens.

Additional things I remembered later:

I can't jump on a trampoline.

The music the kids listen to nowadays gives me a headache.

Junior high honor roll students in Alabama do not understand the words "facetious," "double standard" and "raven."

There really are people who get pregnant because they didn't use birth control because they "never got pregnant before ..."

On the other hand, there really are teenage girls in Oklahoma who have their heads screwed on right.

Bigotry is more alive and well in the Deep South than I had imagined.

People really are friendly in the Deep South.

There really are people named Shanequa in the Deep South (and one of them gives terrible customer service at the above-mentioned Holiday Inn).

"Complimentary hot breakfast" means they provide a toaster.

Not a single man in Memphis failed to hold open the door for me.

A family secret never stops being a secret, even if everyone knows.

We should see my brother's family more often.

My darling husband somehow expects to take all four of our wonderful boys to a museum and still see the exhibits for himself.

I'm a good mom, we have a good marriage, and wonderful kids. (Okay, I knew that, but it's nice to have it reinforced.)

Posted by Steph at June 25, 2003 01:06 AM

Sounds like a great trip! We're still in Arkansas, I'm still exhausted, my husband is in Afghanistan as far as I know (my last contact with him was via phone on Monday at 5:37 AM and he was in Frankfurt, Germany on his way to Afghanistan), my youngest hates twisty roads, and I think we are leaving for home on Monday. Could be Tuesday. I don't know how we are going to drive back, in that I don't know which route I plan to take. Oh well. I'm on a terrible dial-up in the middle of a bunch of hills where I can get no cell access. Lovely.

Glad you are home. How are the tomatoes?


Posted by: Susie on June 25, 2003 08:27 PM

I'm so glad that you're back! I missed you! I kept checking your website and seeing "T-2"! It was so cool to go to your site and see new stuff! I'm glad you're back!


Posted by: Kolbi on June 26, 2003 01:33 PM

LOL! Girl, you've got me grinnin' both about your 'music industry' observation *and* the comments about Alabama. We're headed back in a month or so for a family reunion. I better start stocking up NOW on my anti-frizz haircare products. Sigh...

Posted by: Jill in OK on June 28, 2003 07:38 PM
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