I had to go out of town for a few days and drove through the southern Mississippi Delta and eastern Arkansas in route to Little Rock. Little Rock seems like a really cool town–definitely nicer than any city in Mississippi. And I am led to believe there are beautiful rivers and nice mountains in north and northwest Arkansas. But the part I saw….not too impressive. Except that a state so poor and rural actually produced a President.
A few other observations…even in the most tucked away corners of this great land, the underground railroad that is the Mexican restaurant industry thrives. I almost can’t believe I used to enjoy On the Border and Cuco’s–and apparantly no one else can either. Those chains are disappearing in favor of the Hispanic owned and definitely operated restaurants with the identical menus and constantly changing staffs. And I, for one, love them.
Vault Zero cola is a damned good diet drink.
When it comes to work night, out of town road trip beers, I’ve lost a step or two. But I can still DH on occasion, so I’m not retiring yet.
I don’t know much about ethanol, good or bad. What I do know is I’ve never seen so much (any?) corn being produced in the Delta. From eyeballing the acreage along Highways 49, 14, 1, 61, and 82, corn fields are right up there with cotton this year. Same story across the river in Arkansas. I hope those farmers make a buck or two off this new corn demand. God knows they suffered enough while the economy was good for the rest of us.
If you have crossed the Highway 82 Mississippi River Bridge in the last year, did you think about the Minnesota bridge collapse? How about a Coney Island wooden roller coaster? I’m telling you, I did. The wooden railings, the narrow lanes, and the beautiful new bridge going up to the south….that bridge has got to be a candidate for the next infrastructure disaster.
How is it that a Mississippi native can only have been to or through neighboring Arkansas five or six times in 37 (and a half) years of life? I wonder if people in AL, LA, TN, and AR ever think that about us?