It's Saturday, August 22nd. We left Sulphur Springs, Texas this morning. About 90 miles short of our Night 5 goal of Texarkana. We got a late start yesterday out of Austin where we stayed with one of my dearest friends and Monty's God Mother, Liz. Her fella, Bill made us a killer breakfast and Monty watched Frozen and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and tried to get the dog to chase him. So, we're a bit behind, but well fed and happy.
I'm having some technical issues with posting videos. Some people seem to be able to view them and others can't. I wasn't able to upload my Day 3 video at all. Writing is a bit of a challenge as Monty requires a lot of attention and it's hard to make his stuffed animal talk to him and write at the same time. But also, I started playing Fallout Shelter and I'm dangerously addicted to it.
We'd like to make it to Jackson, Tennessee tonight. We were like what town can we stop at that's named after one of the absolute worst perpetrators of genocide of the Native Americans? Jackson!
Texas is a big ass state. It's big and flat and hot.
Yesterday we ate at McDonald's. Mostly we were there for the indoor playground so Monty could blow off some steam. He'd never had McDonald's before. We don't generally like to put garbage in his mouth. But we didn't have much choice where we were. We stopped at a taco joint that had zero vegetarian options. All the burritos included rice and beans IN them, but they couldn't make a bean and cheese burrito. So, it was McDonald's. I hadn't had a McNugget in probably 17 years. My feeling is that if I'm feeding it to Monty I should be able to eat it. Have you had a McNugget lately? I don't understand what I ever found appealing about them. Someone recently told me that fish is one of the main ingredients of a McNugget. I didn't believe them. Now I do. Do you know what fish flavored Styrofoam tastes like? Have a McNugget. Monty took one bite and refused the rest. The only 2-year-old in the universe who won't eat a McNugget. He's a god damned genius.
I introduced Kurt to A People's History of the United States. He's starting to understand why I'm so angry all the time. It's very touching. It's interesting listening to the history of the parts of the country we're driving through. Interesting and thoroughly depressing.
I'm hoping to get the video situation sorted out. We go through long stretches without service, so there's not much time to get work done. But also doing videos requires putting on makeup and who has the patience for that?
Addendum: I looked up the ingredients of McNuggets. No fish.
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