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Ready, Set, Jet!
So I left NOLA & headed home via Houston to Austin.
The NOLA airport is actually in Kenner & that's why a taxi to the quarter cost so much. Think Heathrow & central London.
So I am amusing myself in airport...
They do have fast & FREE wifi!
Austin, Texas airport. I swear they should have a baggage claim just for guitars, oh wait they do! Lolol
My new "travel" purse worked out really well, except its meant to be worn like a pack back & I took my pack back..the only time I wore both was in airports and it was difficult. :( But other than that worked well. I am always searching for a good all purpose travel bag. Do you have a good one?
So anyway, I go to long-term parking & pick up my truck and off I go. About 5 miles down the road I feel the front start to "knock" OH SHIT! So I find a safe (hahah like that’s a joke!) place to pull over and check the tires. Nothing-- they all look fine. WTF?!? Ok, I convince myself that it must have been rough or uneven road or something and go on. As I leave Austin & speed up it gets MUCH worse. OH NO! So now I am in the country and I HAVE To stop. There isn't even a shoulder now. I am determined to stop at the 1st driveway/alley/cattle guard/road that I can find. So I finally come up on one..
(Why is it always like that?) and as I turn in I notice I have pulled into a church school. Ok, cool I guess. I jump out and see the problem. I am in the process of having a blow out! I am so thankful this didn't happen at 2:30 a.m. in the pouring rain & hail when I was driving IN to Austin. The rain was so bad I missed my turn & had to circle back. (Glamorous travel stuff, huh?) I boarded the F’ing plane before 4:30 a.m. which explains why I was so tired & some of my earlier crappy pictures from the beginning of the trip. (I apologize again, the crappy ones from Jimmy Buffets were because I had a date & I don’t see him that often.) *shy :X
Anyway, the flight back was a lot better. I think it was around 3:00 pm when all this is going on.
So I get out & walk around the school. I find a group of men. They do not speak English. So I talk to them in Tex-Mex with a few words of French thrown in for good measure and sign language. I tell them if they change tire for me I give them$$. They seem to be very afraid of me and will not even go near the truck or me. (WTF?) At this point I need to state I was dressed civilized and appropriate for church even (I pulled on a long sleeve blouse and almost had heat stroke, but ok) I was not mad, excited or afraid, but thinking back on it how odd? I was surrounded by a group of men and they were afraid of me??? 1 crazy white woman?? (Also so much for these men being Christians and helping a poor traveler?!) IDK Maybe there has been a rash of single, smartly dressed white women luring men to their deaths recently in South Austin? I went back to the truck and started calling people and had someone was there to fix the tire quickly. But THE POINT is WTF?
Telling this story to my friends their questions:
(+All of them " Why didn't you call me?" how sweet, huh? I am soo lucky to have so many good people in my life.) Anyway,
Friend #1: Where you wearing your Rob Zombie T-Shirt?
Dylan: Where you waving a sword around?
Friend #2: Where you insulting them in Spanish?
Me: Not in the beginning.
BF: You could have been killed!
Me: Hardly, relax.
Rick: I pity them if they had messed with you.
Now, don't get me wrong. I am glad they did not harass me. Cause I take no shit. But a little help with the tire would have been nice. I ended up walking around and taking pictures of the area while I was waiting. And no one said Boo to me. IDK, maybe I had been strolling around the Quarter for a few days and just wasn't really scared of much and they sensed it? Who knows.
*Struts like a badass now*
So it all worked out & I made it home ok. Just made for another adventure. LOL
Now, I'm off to capture the next kingdom and take the dragons for a walk.
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