another misAdventure

"We are all of us living in the shadow of Manhattan."

Friday, January 04, 2008


So, we got into Oklahoma, and about 50 miles in there's a tollbooth. So, I pull up and ask what the toll is. And the toll taker says ....

"I'm goin' need about tree-fiddy".

Just then I noticed that the toll taker was the dang-old Loch Ness Monster!

OK, apologies to Parker and Stone. But the toll was $3.50, so that's the first thing that came to mind for both Kathy and I. Actually, the sign at the booth said it was $3.50. The toll taker was an older woman who barely paid any attention to me (as another woman held a cell phone up to her head. ?????).

Oklahoma has a ridiculously inefficient toll system. The toll both is in the middle of the road. If you want to get off at a a exit shortly after the toll both, you collect a receipt and then they refund you part of the toll at the exit. (If you get on at a ramp after the beginning of the toll stretch, you collect a ticket and give it at the booth to pay less).

Also, we stopped for lunch shortly after the second toll booth (also $3.50). We got a refund of $2.00 when getting off. Getting back on the tollway then cost $1.75. So, we saved a quarter by getting off the road then getting back on. Although I could have saved more, maybe. The booth was the same for both east-bound and west-bound, with west-bound (to Oklahoma City) paying $1.75 and east-bound (to Tulsa) taking a ticket. I didn't see anything really keeping me from taking a ticket and then getting on west-bound.

Strange system.

Anyway, we are currently in Burleson, TX, just south of Ft. Worth. A bit less than 4 hours left to go to San Antonio. It took a little longer than expected today because we stopped for a while so that Kathy could talk on the phone to the internet company arranging installation at her apartment on Sunday. They called her cell (as directed), but with the road noise she couldn't hear them until we stopped. And then, we hit Ft.Worth right at rush hour, so traffic slowed us down a bit.

And, for those of you reading only for the porn store report: I saw a couple in western Missouri that didn't have religious signs right next to them. It must be mainly an eastern Missouri thing that they are trying to one-up each other. Through Oklahoma I didn't see any such stores. May have been a toll road thing, or they may have outlawed them at least along the interstate. Probably the latter, as there was a big store just across the Texas border (just like there are fireworks stores just inside the Indiana and Wisconsin borders from Illinois).

By the way, I have no real strong feelings one way or the other about either porn stores or religious signs, but in Missouri they are both eyesores.

OK, that's enough for tonight. More tomorrow, if I wrest the computer from Kathy for a bit.


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