July 25th, 2000
Texas is big.
I mean real big.
It's not just your average ole' "gofrom east to west state line in 6 hours"
kinda state. No sir ree bob. This sucker stretches for near a 1,000 miles
and most of it is empty of anything except cactus, gravel, and Interstate
10. We did another long haul today and tonight I sit here in El Paso Texas
feeling a little woozy from all that desert driving.
Did see some interesting things along the way. There was an oil tank fire
at some point and I hopped out to take pictures of the local firemen staring
at it in befuddlement.
See, this is the kind of thing that's normal when you ride around with me in
your truck (at least that's what Jason says)
Anyway after the fire we stopped for ice cream and let the robotic dog out
to stretch his legs.
I had no idea American Indians made teepees out of sheet metal and telephone
poles but hey, you learn something new every day.
THE COOLEST THING SINCE SLICED WONDER BREAD
OK, now this is a doozy, hope your sitting down in a nice big comfy chair
for this bit of info.
A few times a year a racetrack in this ultra small town called Bithlo
Florida holds a school bus figure eight demolition derby. Basically they
get 20 or so old school busses and then race them around the track and smash
'em to each other with hilarious results.
"But Derek," I can hear you saying, "What does crashing School busses into
each other have to do with the paranormal?"
I dunno but FREAKYLINKS HAS A BUS!
Oh yeah, that's right boys and girls, I got a school bus of my very own and
it's gonna be racing around the oval of doom in Bithlo Florida on July 28th.
Course I won't be there to see it, I'll be out here on the west coast doing
what I do best (slacking off) but I've been assured by my highly placed
sources (read that as: "two guys I paid to paint the thing") that it will
be the highlight of the derby. Lan is hard at work making sure that we've
got some video cam's in place for the race so I can share with you all the
apocalyptic action! So stay tuned cause this is one school bus you don't
wanna miss (and you probably don't wanna be riding in either)
OK, enough of my hair brained schemes, I'm calling it a night and e-mailing
this back to the casa so Lan can put it up tomorrow morning.
Hurdy Gur and all that
Derek "Down in the west Texas town of El Paso" Barnes