Thursday, August 1, 2013

Notes From The Outback

Rednecks are really nice people. With fewer teeth.

Rural stores are stocked with unhealthy carbs. Somehow counter-intuitive.

One diner, one road and one street sign = small town.
One diner, one road and one traffic light = technologically advanced small town

Discovered new dragonfly species. Has painted wings. Sketched it. Very excited.

Amazing Libella Pulchella    
Nope. Not new species. 12 spotted skimmer dragonfly. Very common.

Mosquitoes are the size of helicopters. Everything bites. Even the shiny iridescent beetle I found. All Fauna is carnivorous, rude and undomesticated. Itchy. Best way to sketch is to pin them. What?! They started it.

Soybeans. Corn. Something edible. Manure. Manure for miles. How do people live on farms with this smell all day?

"Yaoall farm the cidah?"
"Yaoall foam da ciiiidah?"
"Uum, yes? That is an interesting accent, where are you from?"
"Local, born and raised."

"Do you have the paper?"
"I don't read much."

Home: 20 brands of sunscreen. Organic fruit. Massaging shower. Soap. Non-abrasive TP. Air conditioner. Restaurants. The things we take for granted or hopelessly urbanized.

Retire in cozy wood cabin in the woods with vegetable garden no longer on bucket list.


  1. Ah! But retiring to an air conditioned, sealed-against-bugs cabin in the woods, that you can get all your groceries and gourmet food delivered via helicopters that don't suck your blood (just your wallet, perhaps), that can go on the bucket list.

    Great to see you back and mostly unscathed!

    1. Now you're talking. Where do I sign up?

      Mostly, but I may need some OMGnatureisreallytryingtokillusall therapy.

  2. Welcome back.

    I love visiting the country. :-)


    1. There were moments, Pearl, moments when I thought we would never return to civilization.

    2. Which country? I gotta think Syria is a no-go.

  3. "I don't read much." Haha. Define much.

  4. So good to see you back! I get bit by everything on land and by air, so that doesn't sound like a fun experience to me. I'd end up coming back to the city 12 pounds lighter and needing a blood transfusion.

    1. Ha! Another spoiled urbanite. At times it wasn't, I know my limits now, I would be the first to die if there is ever a zombiepocalypse.
      lol on the transfusion.

  5. One diner, one road, one broken traffic light = technologically advanced, but lazy, small town.


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