But it was a nice treat [& retreat] for me too.
For instance, we took the boat out on the Ocklawaha & St. Johns Rivers. My dad & I sawed & sanded & made some nice shelves out of wood from two cedar trees cut down out front. And I ate oranges. Yes sir, I ate oranges right off the trees in the back yard... on Christmas Day. Nice way to spend Christmas if you ask me.
But really the icing on the cake was when I couldn't wait to get back & document all the strange things that were stuck in my head the whole way home.
Among the odd things I encountered on the road-trip:
Jackson, GA: This ad was posted over a urinal at the Flying J truck stop along I-75.
Now why... why are the Canadians not getting the beer batter? That doesn't even make sense. I could understand if it was the Kountry Kitchen's location in Abu Dhabi but Canada's not exactly a tee-totaling nation.
*By the way, this is not the actual photo. The one I took didn't come out very well. I was rushed due to the intimidating & scornful looks from the other men in the restroom as they saw me getting a camera out at the urinal asking for help setting it to 'Macro'.
Keystone Heights, FL: For the first time I took B.B. to McDonald's for coffee & a McGriddle.
Here he is getting his head around the concept.
"Let me get this straight. You drive up close to the building & they just.. HAND.. YOU.. FOOD.. THROUGH.. THE.. WINDOW?!"
Nickajack Lake, TN: Thirty-six empty cans of Busch under a bush.
Must have been quite a Christmas.
Finally, Valdosta, GA: They were celebrating the 4th a little early.
Cracking wise about this is clearly unnecessary. But I do find it odd that I was the only one at the scene who thought it was funny.
And these are the stupid things that are gonna stick with me the longest. This is why I never see the larger picture. I keep taking the smaller ones. I keep staring at my shoes... that someone's thrown into the power lines.
So, hope everyone's year & holidays were capital. For the coming year, take a trip. Surprise someone. Take stupid pictures. Smart off every chance you get. Oh, & don't feed your dog hash browns. You'll regret it.