Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Few More Observations from the Road

by Pa Rock
Road Warrior

I made it safely back to Arizona early this afternoon and have been busy unpacking and getting things back in order.

Last night in Gallup was fairly uneventful, but I did go for a walk and had supper at a small bakery/cafe. My room at the Colonial Motel, mentioned briefly in yesterday's post, proved to be even more interesting as the night wore on. I learned that the refrigerator didn't work, and the room was so cramped that I hit my head on the television cabinet when I got up in the middle of the night - before even getting out of bed! Today I have a noticeable gash on my forehead.

Here are a few more observations from this rushed road trip back to the Ozarks. Gas was around $2.60 a gallon in Missouri and rose steadily heading west, with the price topping out in Arizona at $2.90. There are more recreational vehicles on the road than there have been in the past couple of years, as well as considerably more commercial trucks. People must be getting accustomed to paying close to three dollars a gallon for gasoline.

I remarked in this space a couple of weeks ago that Arizona has now started selling Mega Millions lottery tickets in addition to Powerball as a way of generating more revenue and placing more of the tax burden on the poor. It turns out that each of the six states that I was in the past week (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri) are using both of these multi-state lotteries. In a related observation, I passed casinos in several of those states.

Tomorrow I head back to work. My focus now shifts to getting ready for the big move to Okinawa. So much to get done, and so little time to do it!


Reed said...

I just looked up some images of Okinawa. It looks like Hawaii! I'd say you made a pretty good choice.

Bk in MO said...

Gee Rock, don't complain. I can imagine you chose the cheapest dive you could find, knowing you. One of these days you will wise up and stay at a decent place instead of hunting up the slums and staying in a flop house. LOL