Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Distance travelled today, double click to enbiggen.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~Braindrops from the Road~~~~~~~~~~~
I think this is my last road trip. From here on in it will be air, if planes will be operating a year from now. I travelled 655 KM today and felt it. The highway is mesmerizing, lulling me into a 'ready for a nap' state consistently. So I did. Twice. It could be something to do with the acute bronchitis I've had, still present in the lungs from time to time. But lucky me I can nap on a clothesline just about.
The gas station with ancillary fast-frankenfood pods, the truck speeding by, the floodlight for night sight, the lovely old operating farm across the road.
Best of both worlds, NPR just across the U.S. border and CBC. NPR jawing about Bill Haley and his Comets, offering prize to anyone who can call in and tell how many Comets there were. I'm a little disturbed by the sponsors, i.e. those who fund NPR, mainly medical and dental. One a specialist in face reconstruction.
CBC reviewing "The Cove" a documentary about the secret dolphin slaughters in Japan. Dolphins have a bigger brain than humans (I didn't know that) and their vocabularies exceed ours, we just can't understand the incredible variations in their speech patterns.
A stranger in a French land:
And then silence. Me and the dog. The only Ontario car passing through and around Montreal. And those Quebecois drivers. Sacre Bleu! They squeeze me close to right off the road at times. It's a game. I'm a no-good anglaise on some monarchy sponsored anglicising mission and they will annihilate me.
And in Quebec restaurants I speak my fractured French as I order and it never fails. The servers respond in impeccable English. Every time. End of day scorecard: English 0. French 2.