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State Capitols · Southeast Tour
Day 4 - Friday, November 24, 2006
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Today was another nice travel day. Actually had to run the A/C a little this afternoon.

This was a good day for The Navigator also. Nothing went wrong for a change :)

The following is an editorial:

I was in a restaurant earlier today in Columbus, TX. Most of the employees I saw were Mexican. There is a sign in the store that says, "This business hires legal, US citizens or the equivalent. We DO NOT hire illegal aliens. All of our employees have pledged to speak only English while on the job."


I sought out the owner and congratulated her for taking this stand. She said some pro-illegal alien groups were threatening to sue to make her take the sign down. She said she's got a very good lawyer.

I wish more employers would take a stand like this.

I'm sworn to secrecy about where we're camped tonight. But I can tell you it flies and involves the letter "J." :) We are in Louisiana again, just over the TX/LA border.

I'd like to get home Sunday some time so that means driving from here to home in two days. And we've still got three capitols to visit. This may involve driving more than eight hours per day. In fact, The Navigator has just finished figuring this. He says it's 770.78 miles to home with a driving time of 14 hours, 20 minutes. Add three hours for the three capitols and that's around 17 hours. I think I will try to drive 12 hours tomorrow. J

We'll see what happens.

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T o d a y ' s    P i c t u r e s
Click on a pix for a larger view
Question: What is this?
Answer: This is a homeless guy sleeping ON (not under) an overpass.
Downtown Houston from I-10. Pretty clouds. Can you find the Texas Capitol hidden in this pic? The Texas Capitol.
What do you think? A round hay bale masquerading as Santa and Rudolph, or Santa and Rudolph masquerading as a round hay bale? Very cute.
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T o d a y ' s    S t a t s
Begin: 9:00am
End: 7:30pm
Net (includes stops): 10 hrs, 30 mins
Begin odometer: 171,082
End odometer: 171,605
Net miles today: 523
Average MPH: 49.8
Total trip miles: 1742

Gasoline: $45.00
     Price: $2.079/gal
     Bought in: Rockdale, TX
Food, ice, etc.: $20.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $5.00 - Internet access
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Contributed by Linda in SC
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping.

1973 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2006 – Billy’s Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy’s sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.

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T o d a y ' s    T h o u g h t
More "Southernosities" from PeaceBaby in GA:

All Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.

Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!

Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece."

They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20.

Only a Southerner both knows and understands the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and po' white trash.

No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.

To those of you who're still a little embarrassed by your Southerness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your heart!

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T o d a y ' s    J o k e
From Denise in IN:

A blind man enters a Ladies Bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a drink. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, "Hey, you want to hear a blonde joke?"

The bar immediately falls absolutely quiet. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, "Before you tell that joke, sir, I think it is just fair - given that you are blind - that you should know five things:

1 - The bartender is a blonde girl.

2 - The bouncer is a blonde girl.

3 - I'm a 6 feet tall, 220 lb. blonde woman with a black belt in karate.

4 - The woman sitting next to me is a blonde professional weight lifter.

5 - The lady to your right is a blonde and is a professional wrestler.

Now think about it seriously, mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?"

The blind man thinks for a second, shakes his head, and declares, "Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times."

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