this week i

clicked the 'avoid highways' checkbox on google maps, flew to new orleans, snagged a rental, and crossed the mississippi border just before midnight - the full circuit.

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pulled over, reclined the car seat in the rain: waking up on the gulf of mexico makes me feel pretty good in the morning. waffle house waffles help too.


toured biloxi casinos. when gamblers' eyes glaze over, it's a public health problem.


weaved through desoto national forest.

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drove more than i slept.

blanketed myself in npr. wow, a harp in the emergency room?

made some friends in hattiesburg. we celebrated valentine's day with heart-stoppin' local cuisine, i recommend the fried jalapenos..


..then at the rodeo, watched some animal cruelty..

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..personally, i'd rather be in the line to become a steak.

..moved to a red-light/green-light party..


..then capped the night at a diner..


..this plainclothes marine walked in, ordered a meal, and fell asleep. the sheriff woke him by pounding the butt of a flashlight against the table, then shouting past the toothpick in the corner of his mouth, 'yer sammich is gettin cold!' they took him outside for a little sobriety test, but military service means one get-out-of-jail-free card, so they just drove his drunk ass home.

would not miss..

river delta-appropriate fire department decor

so you're the greatest musician ever? congratulations. here, have a crappy airport and creepy statue.
why the long face

confederate guerrillas laid down their lives for this? not pictured, the owner's two watchdogs: one snarling rottweiler, one neon rainbow-dyed toy poodle.

some nice old houses, i guess

nuclear missile truckers havin' a little off-road fun

pecan-flavored everything, courtesy of classy joints like this.

trees walking on water

marry me diet dr. pepper
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the original guinness world record

quality radio
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cultural car artwork, my favorite at the bottom.

18-wheel oil tanker on fire (second-to-last right rear tire, zoom in), no big thang

thanks mississippi,

let's do it again sometime.
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2/19/09