Chris Jefferies

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Monthly Archives: December 2005

Heading to Texas – Day Two

Drove from Indeo, Ca to El Paso, TX. 

On the way we got a call from our neighbor and she said that there was a bad storm with thunder and lightning and that power had gone out in our neighborhood.  Of course the computers went of and back on when power was restored, but when she was checking out our house, she found that one of my computers was sounding a load alarm; the data server for the blogs, forums, portals, etc.  I asked her to re-boot the computer and that seemed to fix the problem.  So far so good.

We stopped Quartzite, AZ which is a snowbird town.  It is a town of people who travel and live in RVs and travel south, to a town like Quartzite, for the winter.  These folks mostly travel around and collect things to sell in the flea markets of Quartzite.  One of the main things you see in Quartzite are rocks; lots of rocks. Here’s a picture of a rock, that just wouldn’t fit in the car.

Some Quartzite links:
http://www.desertusa.com/Cities/az/quartzite.html
http://www.ci.quartzsite.az.us/community_profile.htm 

We ate at a cafe called La Casa and met Rain Golden Bear, the waitress, who said her family called her “Face that rains a lot“.  I suppose she cried a lot as a child.  She had tattooed rain clouds on her temples and she let me take a picture.  Click on the image to see a close up of her tattoo.

We drove on to Phoenix and stopped for gas and that’s when I realized that I had lost my cell phone.  We called to the La Casa cafe and Rain said she had my cell phone and would send it to me in Houston and would let me know how much it cost to mail it.  So we She is an angel. 

We drove on, knowing the cell phone was safe and stopped at the Congress Hotel and ate dinner at the Cup Cafe.  Excellent.

Now we’re at the La Quinta, but first we tried a cheap hotel called the Lone Star Inn.  I had seen it on the Internet for $40/night.  When we checked into the room, we found roaches crawling on the toilet and that set off Aurora.  We were out and back in the car in a flash and here we are at La Quinta.  $70 and free Internet.

What a day.

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Heading to Texas – Day One

Cold rain started out the day, so packing the car in the rain was no fun.  Rain lasted the entire length of the San Joachin valley but the Grapevine was open and dry.  Staying here in Indio (about 80 miles short of Blythe) with free DVD rental and wireless connection in the rooms.  Thus this post.  On to Quartzite, Tucson and El Paso.