It’s the Beverly Hillbillies Yooperland Snowbillies!

And it was one heckuva looooong day. I woke up with the usual trepidation that faces me before the kind of odyssey we are now on, weekend with the cFam at Hoton Lake, then a week at the moomincabin. Lemme see. Pack food, put the garbage/recycle out, minor cleaning chores, errand at Meijer, Cuuuuuuubelandia for a half day, then on the road with all the other 4th of July Holiday Warriors. I can’t call ’em Weekend Warriors because the 4th is on Wednesday this year, which means it’s a whole week of partying “up north”. I love when I overhear our newer Indian workers talk about going “up north”. It is such a Great Lake State thing.

I wanted to get to Cubelandia earlier than usual today so I only walked the woods this morning. Then I decided I needed a wee bit of zen before I got busy so I sat on a bench in the schoolyard, watching Mr. Golden Sun rise above the trees and listening to the Neighborhood Rooster. I’m gonna miss that guy. I sat there for maybe 15 minutes and then I stood tall and marched back to The Landfill, ready to face the day and the odyssey.

Wouldn’t you know, we were about a third of the way to Hoton Lake and we were pulling the cFam Trash Trailer and there was a slowdown and somebody in another car honked to get our attention and when we rolled down the window, he shouted that the Trash Trailer had a flat taaaaar… And no, it is not an old taaaar, in fact, it is a new taaaar, and I’ll spare you the details about what went wrong, valve and rim and whatever. I didn’t really understand it but fortunately, the GG is an expert Taaaar Wrangler but we didn’t really want to change the taaaar on the freeway shoulder because there were big lorries and whatnot barreling along right next to us and we needed to get a whole bunch of crapola outta the back of the Frog Hopper to get at the jack. The next exit was a mile and a half away and we stopped on the shoulder THREE times to pump up the taaaar enough to move us along just a wee bit more. Finally we were off the freeway and RIGHT THERE was an empty parking lot and 15 minutes later we were back on the road.

No further incidents but boy oh boy am I glad to be here at Hoton Lake. And yes, I am having a glass of whine. Er, actually it is a plastic cup. The blue one. There used to be red, pink, and olive drab versions of this cup too. For years, the Beach Urchins would fight over who got to use the pink cup. Just about when I thought I would go crazy if I had to referee another pink cup fight, they aged out of “pink is a girl color” and started fighting over who got the olive drab cup. I am Mooom. I cannot win.

I did not get a pic of the flat taaaaaar. It’s too bad because it was pretty much destroyed in a spectacular manner but I didn’t want to hang out on the freeway shoulder risking life and limb and by the time we got OFF the freeway, I was preoccupied with trying to dredge out the Black Phone Charging Cable, the one I rummage for EVERY time I get into the Frog Hopper. I found the cable but it turned out it WASN’T PLUGGED IN! So here’s a pic of my whine glass cup instead. Hoton Lake is a Group Home so you never know exactly whatchyer gonna find when you get here. The next time, the blue cup could be gone. Of course, on the flip side of that, the red, pink, and olive drab cups could potentially resurface some day.

Yes, these are first world problems! Cue the Beverly Hillbillies theme song [youtube link]. Y’all come back now!

2 Responses to “It’s the Beverly Hillbillies Yooperland Snowbillies!”

  1. Sam Says:

    Regarding the taaaar situation, “I’ll spare you the details….” hahaha

  2. Margaret Says:

    I hate getting flat tires, and on the freeway would be a huge nightmare. There have been so many stories here of people getting hit and killed while changing their tires. (or someone else’s as a Good Samaritan) One of my former student’s dad, a local chiropractor, stopped to help some young ladies change their tire on a nearby road and was killed by another driver. So, I’m glad you were close enough to an exit to pull off. I thought the photo was a plant pot!! HAHA