Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Walking in Memphis

On yet another driving trip to Philadelphia (departed yesterday), the staff of Food and Fort Worth (wife and me) made a couple of stops and observations.
Observation 1: While driving on the freeway between the hours of 7 pm and midnight, the truck to auto ratio is about 7 to 1. Trucks being 7.
Observation 2: The clever idea of a rain sensing windshield to activate intermittent windshield wiper sounds good but doesn't work. Why does everything have to be tricked up to the point of failure? My suggestion: an easy to read dial that says 5 seconds, 10 sec, etc., so you can determine the windshield speed. This suggestion is made because it has rained all the way.
Observation 3 (made long ago): In highway motel stops, age is everything, i.e., pick a new or newer motel in any variety and you'll be happier; also get as far from the freeway as possible and always request a room far from the ice maker. Right now Super 8 is expanding and has many newer motels. All with wifi, some with flat screens, all with bad but available breakfast, most clean and cheap. $44 for the two of us. If you speak Sari it helps (I apologize, had to throw that in).
Observation 4: I have a love/hate relationship with tech. I would hate it but love it if all cell phones had GPS, as did all restaurants that wanted to make it easy for you to find them. Such as, type in Starbucks and it directs you to the closest one.
Stop 1: Little Rock, downtown Market Center on river. Very cool place with restaurants, bars, shopping.
Stop 2: Dickson, Tennessee. Overnight. ZZZZZZZZZZZ. It's Dickson, Tennessee. But the drive through the Smokies in Tennessee, and Shenandoah in Virginia, is fantastic.

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