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Letter C, in Neon (Crazy California)

I've got a series of images just for the "One Letter" group on flickr, and for those who use the flickr application called "Spell with flickr". This is from a casino sign in Laughlin, Nevada. BUT, I introduce it here to those who may be interested in my trip to Los Angles, California right now.


So, is the C for Crazy California or for Crazy cobalt?


On this long 7 hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona over west to La, I keep seeing things that seem improbable. Maybe my California flickr friends will be able to shed some light on these observations:


1. In Blythe, CA, I got gas at an ARCO Am/PM gas station for only ("only" !!!!) $2.77per gallon. This, of course, is horrifying, but around this place there were at least 6 other gas stations that advertised the gas price as $3.33! I knew the gas would be higher in California over Arizona, so I sought to buy it far enough outside of LA at the least price. And I heard on the radio that the $3.00 per gallon mark would be reached soon. But really, how can there be a 56 cent per gallon price difference within blocks of competitors? Something seems really skewed....


2. Where is that sign you read on trucks, saying "How's my driving", and giving a toll free number to call? Let me tell you, I needed it around Desert Palms, CA on I-10 for the driver of a double-trailer semi truck who tailgated like a crazy man and was a great danger on the road!


3. Signs were frequent on the Interstate, with speed as 70 mph, but there were other signs that said "trucks/trailers 55 mph". So how is it that every truck on the road was going 70 to 75 mph? Let me tell you,it is not fun being behind or alongside a double-trailer semi in strong wind where you are fighting for control and so is that driver.


4. I've rarely driven with such wind conditions as the stretch between Indio and Palm Springs. No signs about "dangerous cross currents", or "blowing dust" there, but it was like shafts of wind shear for about 30 miles, and so much dust that the wind threw down blankets of dust violently. Is this a rare event?


5. In Coachilla, CA I went to a Carl's restaurant about midnight, and was told I could not order for their computers are always down then for 10 minutes. I offered to pay cash and exact price, but the answer was "no" because no order could be taken without a computer. I was thinking, what happened to pencil and paper, or use of a calculator! Really, the food and employees were present, but the concept of taking an order "rote" was beyond the staff.


6. With an unfortunate name, the Morongo Casino, with its huge neon displays, always strikes me as "Moron Go to Casino"....


7. Remember that rotten truck driver I mentioned earlier? I was glad to see him pulled over for a truck scales inspection around the "29 Palms" exit. Then, 50 miles later he caught up with me and yes, he was speeding up and slowing down, with tailgating me and others once again. Watch out for trucks from GI Trucking Company!


8. I passed the exit for "Running Springs, CA". Realistically, could a "spring" not always be considered as "running"?


Ah, these are just the random observations of a traveler in the US. I am sure that the US of A has far more idiosyncracies that other countries, right?

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Taken on February 7, 2007