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In Tennessee! - Mongologue
August 16th, 2008
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In Tennessee!
I left Houston Wednesday early, for the longest stretch of the trip- 13 hours total between drives and stops. Dodged a falling tree, which is more dramatic than it sounds, but confirms in me I'm a better driver than I used to be when I hit completely stationary trees. At 10mph. When I got to Huntsville.. well, I'll just excerpt haystack's LJ rather than write my own:

My friend Chiaroscuro got in around 8 PM Wednesday... we had a really nice time during the day or so he stayed here. He brought a really messed up movie called Waiting.... [...] I showed Chiaroscuro Talladega Nights, an equally-wrong movie, in answer, and much fun was had.

We had nice meals at Bandito Burrito #1 and at Edo... spent most of the afternoon today visiting the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Yes, I finally went past the gift shop, folks, and I'm glad I did. It was pretty awesome seeing the actual Apollo 16 landing capsule, which is on display in the old main museum. The shiny new Davidson building has a full-size Saturn V -- I don't know whether it's a mock-up like the upright one nearby, outside -- that has the stages and crew/support modules lined up end-to-end, with lots of little displays along both sides. There's also a piece of Skylab in the old main museum -- and yes, if you were wondering, it DOES look charred from its re-entry.


Haystack was fine company indeed. I'm still wrapping my brain around him being both an anime-watching furry artist VW fan, and a Nascar-watchin' chaw-usin' beer-drinkin' southern guy, but that's probably due to my Yankee brain needing reprogramming. :) It's just new to see those both in the same person.

On Thursday afternoon I headed to Tennessee. Today (Friday) has been the Cumberland County Fair, which is pretty much the classic generic county fair: pickled beets with second place ribbons, quilts, giant squash, fancy chickens, cheap carnival rides painted by semi-professional airbrushers, funnel cakes. Also, my grandfather bought a $300 eMachines computer at Wal-Mart, and I helped him set it up.. replacing his old one he'd been running for 8 years so so. Got it set up with minimal fuss, hurrah, and I type this LJ upon that very computer.

Tomorrow, visits with aunt, uncle, cousins who live near; and Dad's up here for me to help him load heavy objects to transport down to his new place in Warner Robbins, GA.

--Chiaroscuro

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From:warphammer
Date:August 16th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
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The horizontal one is very real, and finally not rotting to pieces.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:August 17th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, and noted. :)
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From:paracoon
Date:August 16th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh hey what's your login for that crazy Alphabounce game? I figure you get some kind of bonus if I claim you as my "sponsor" :)
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From:chefmongoose
Date:August 17th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm 'Furhoo' there. Hopefully i get a bonus! :)
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From:haystack
Date:August 16th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
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It was lovely having you over! The only regret is that I didn't get to talk you up to Monte Sano State park for what would've been a really lovely photo opportunity at the park's highest overlook. By the way, I've lived in California and in the Philippines as well as the Deep South, so I'm left as mixed-up as my upbringing.

You probably won't be surprised to learn that most of my family doesn't know what to make of me, either! ;)
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From:chefmongoose
Date:August 17th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
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California and the Phillipines, too? Fascinating. Learning a lot about you.

I know you're a pretty groovy individual, though.. that much I can figure out! ;)
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From:haystack
Date:August 17th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
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...and I didn't even wear my "GROOVY" VW Bus t-shirt! :) Was a pleasure to meet you at last.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:August 18th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)

Re: On a completely unralted note.

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Glad you dig it. SusanDeer did the art, I cropped it and added the text. :)
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