Hi de ho there! Sorry for the lack of a posting last week. I just plain forgot…, Halloween and Birthday stuff, you know? But I did have a great week as I hope you all did. So back to this Blog.
As some of you may know, I drove up to Davis, Ca last month. My oldest son is attending his first semester at U.C. Davis and he was as anxious as I, for a visit. So I did.
As much as I would have liked to have made the jaunt north an extended stay, over several days, my work schedule dictated that it was to be a flash visit…, a day to travel, a day with my son and a day to make it back home. Of course, I wanted to secure a travel partner which, happily, was my sister Cindy. (She actually gets paid vacation days unlike myself and most of my other friends so it wasn’t too difficult to convince her to come along..ha.)
Now, let me tell you how I roll. I hate to be rushed, so I pack well in advance and plan for every conceivable need. I like to have an itinerary of sorts. I always check out things to do or see on the way and once I’ve arrived. Still, I don’t want to miss out on something cool just because it’s not on my list so I keep it flexible. And lastly, the only “time” I care about is the time I have to show up for work on my next scheduled day.
So it was that on a Tuesday around 11:00 am, I picked up my sister in my ‘99 Chrysler and we headed out, taking the I 5 North. The day was bright and beautiful leading us to our first stop, Willow Ranch BBQ in Buttonwillow. The waitress recommended the pork ribs. We got a half order with salad, mashed potatoes and gravy with coleslaw, beans and more. Thank God, my sister and I decided to split the meal because it was enough for both of us. Now, this weren’t no fancy-smancy resturante, just some good ol’ home cookin’ and the BBQ Pork Ribs were outstanding.
I’m not going to bore you with reports of all the little pit stops I made, of which there were many, but one bares mentioning just because I thought it was curious. We spotted a Foster Freeze that set Cindy’s mind on having some ice cream. But once we’d parked, we found the front door to this establishment locked. Now, mind you, the “open” sign was lit, it was the middle of the day and we had seen that it was staffed only moments earlier. Thinking this was very odd, we walked next door to the neighboring gas station mini mart and asked about it while we browsed through shelves of very over priced locally grown nuts and fruit. The young man behind the counter told us, with a snicker, that it was a regular occurrence for the ice cream store to be locked down at any random interval during the day. I voiced my surprise and mentioned that someone ought to speak to the manager. But, according to our learned informant, the manager was in on it.
Well, my sister and I returned to the car without nuts or ice cream, got back on the highway and spent a good hour speculating on what could have been going on behind those locked Foster Freeze doors in the middle of the day. Up to no-good, I suspect. Sounds like a case for Colombo or Ellery Queen or, even better, Jackie Chan. Ah! What am I thinking? It’s not like there’s been a murder…, or has there? Humm?
It is no secret that I love casinos and in particular, I love playing video poker at these casinos. However, I have found that I do not care as much for the Indian Casinos as I do Vegas Casinos. The machines are too tight and the pay-offs..pooie! Having said that, I did remember that several of these casinos doted the northern part of the state and I was “jonesing”. So despite my, not so glowing, opinion, I had my sister on casino watch, looking for billboard advertisements along the interstate. Well, that search did add some distance to our trip and as night fell, we came to realize that none of the locations were close enough to allow us to pursue it further without making a major detour that would take us miles from the freeway. I gave up on the idea, for the time being, and we made our way to Davis. Arrival time, 8pm…ish.
This concludes day one. Stay tuned for my next post as our adventure continues.
Keep it real! K.L. Parry
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