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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Whew!


I am exhausted, pooped, worn out, dragging my behind, yadda yadda. To the left is the route I took home from Biloxi. It is 9 hours of driving. It would have been longer if I had taken a more scenic route than interstates. But, let's face it, the interstates are so tempting. No traffic lights, no annoying cross streets, no pesky 35 MPH speed limits. Just clear sailing at 70 MPH (effective speed is 75 MPH) all the way. If I had taken the more scenic route, I'd have stopped for an overnight stay at some seedy motel (since the nice ones are all near an interstate) because it would have taken closer to 14 hours to make the trip. So I took the easy way out. And paid the price. When I was much younger I took the trip in the opposite direction and on the more scenic highways and byways. I left from a little further south and at 4 in the afternoon. I arrived in Pensacola sometime around 8 AM, stopping only once for coffee near Tallahassee and finally getting on the interstate (I-10). I left Pensacola after an oil change and breakfast and didn't stop until I reached Deming, NM the next morning around 1 AM.

There are things you can do at age 24 and alone that are unheard of at 63 with a wife in the car.

11 comments:

Pearl said...

Two years ago I drove from Glacier National Park to Minneapolis in one fell swoop, a drive that should've taken abotu 14 hours but ended, what with the cattle herd in the road and the thunderstorm that pretty much engulfed the Great State of Minnesota, taking almost 20.

I'm not sure I've fully recovered from that...

Pearl

Patty said...

Yes. You know you are old when you are no longer into seedy motels. They do make for great photographs, though. Even at 61, give me a seedy motel over a pretty flower to photograph any day of the week.

I love Biloxi.

MilesPerHour said...

I'm gonna have a chauffer when I get to that age. Yeah right.

Douglas said...

Pearl, I have yet to drive across the northern states. It's on my bucket list.

Patty, yeah, what is that about seedy motels and age?

Miles, that was my plan too....

The Jules said...

I'm always a bit jealous of you Americanskis and your lovely big continent.

9 hours drive in this country and you're probably going to be paddling in water at 4 degrees C.

Douglas said...

Jules, you can't turn? I would love to visit England, Scotland, and Ireland.

Michael said...

I actually agree with Jules. I also am jealous of the expansive land you have to explore.

Michael.

Robot Nine said...

I just did 14,000 miles. But I took 6 weeks. Still hard. I once drove stright through New Orleans to Denver, 24 hours, STUPID. Hey, everyone ski while I recuperate!

Robot Nine said...

I just did 14,000 miles. But I took 6 weeks. Still hard. I once drove stright through New Orleans to Denver, 24 hours, STUPID. Hey, everyone ski while I recuperate!

Michael said...

I actually agree with Jules. I also am jealous of the expansive land you have to explore.

Michael.

Douglas said...

Pearl, I have yet to drive across the northern states. It's on my bucket list.

Patty, yeah, what is that about seedy motels and age?

Miles, that was my plan too....