Another Day of Lonely Highways in Texas

Today was more of the same…long, lonely roads across the WIDE state of Texas. I logged about 600 miles today, ending up at a Super 8 Motel in the small town of Navasota, Texas, just about 60 miles west of Houston.

At one point, I was so bored that I decided to start waving at each oncoming vehicle to see who, and how many would wave back. Although this study is not scientific by any means, I did keep track of the responding waves according to vehicle type and gender. My study was conducted during a 2 hour span, between the cities of Abilene and Waco. (More about Waco in a minute)

Truckers topped the list with 76.4 percent of them waving back. As best as I could tell, they were all males.

Of those in sedan type vehicles, 48.9 percent of the males waved, with only 9.2 percent females waving. (I think the females weren’t quite sure what to make of this old guy waving at them.)

I got one wave from a farmer in his field plowing and one guy walking down the highway.

Of the two highway patrolman that I saw, one waved and one did not. (I think he was too busy drinking his coffee and eating his donut.

I had two school buses pass. One was empty, but the bus driver waved. The second one was half full, and I think I got waves from about half the kids. The other half were too busy beating up on each other and throw spitballs.

Of the 343 longhorn cows that I pasted, I did a honk and a wave. As best as I counted, only 47 looked up. (I’m interpreting a “look up” as a wave, since cows really can’t wave)

So that was what I did for two hours today.

Now Waco, Texas. As I traveled through Waco I relived the memory of the big stand-off that took place in 1993 when agents from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tried to execute a search warrant at the Branch Davidian ranch, where David Koresh and his followers lived. I remembered the TV news broadcasts that showed agents trying to gain entry with a tank. Seemed kind of silly at the time.

Well, David Koresh decided to torch his compound, and the whole thing burnt to the ground killing 76 men, women and children.

Waco, Texas will always be remembered for this fiasco that took place here.

Since my deep thoughts were such a hit yesterday, here’s a few more:

Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?

Why do they put braille dots on the keypad of drive up ATM’s?

Did you know that even numbered Interstate highways travel east/west, while odd numbered Interstate highways travel north/south. (I noticed that today)

Speaking of traveling…If you throw a cat out of a car window, does it become kitty litter?

Well, that’s enough for today. I’ll talk again with you tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, I should hit the Gulf Coast and be able to provide you with a lot of pretty pictures.