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10 March 2007 @ 12:42 am
California is really dark.  
Yes, it is! That is all I can tell you about it so far. Also, there are like eight cars total traveling on the I-5 south tonight, which contributes to the total darkness. I am wholly looking forward to tomorrow, where California will have added attractions like DAYLIGHT and the legal right to pump my own gas!

Other interesting factoids learned:

1) Linn County, Oregon is the grass seed capitol of the WORLD. Really. A big sign said so. It also has sheep FOR DAYS, as far as the eye can see. There were little baby lambykins SO SMALL that I thought they were bunnies as I drove past. Can I be a shepherdess now, please?

2) Snowy mountain passes are only snowy if it is actually snowing. Which it wasn't! So the roads were clear, but there were ominous looking drifts on the sides lest I forget all those who starved and died in educational computer games about American history.

3) There is a town called Drain, Oregon. REALLY. And it has really very little to show for itself. (It is next to a town called Curtain. Okay, it's actually spelled Curtin, but it's still funny.)

4) There's not one, not two, but a chain of 24-hour Adult Stores along the I-5. Most of them seem to be shacks with boarded-up windows and an inviting flickering-neon "OPEN 24 HR" sign. The weirdest part is that the shacks seem to match each other, the way Wal-Marts do, like they were all designed by the same architect. Who designs a boarded-up shack?

5) EVERYONE IN REDDING CALIFORNIA WAS BORN IN A BARN. Okay, not really. (And no dis on being born in a barn, as mi beloved sister was born in a converted chicken coop.) But there's a story here! I was going to stop in Weed, the Precise Midway Point Between Portland And San Francisco, but I missed the turnoff, and there's a Hampton Inn in Redding! It's kind of Motel-6-ish for a Hampton Inn, though, and there's a CONVENTION of freaky young men downstairs. I was silently followed by eighteen pairs of eyes from my car... to the desk... back to my car... to the elevator... like, real OBVIOUS staring of the sort where they moved closer in order to stare a little better. Did you people just get out of prison or something!? STOP. IT.

Wheee! So much closer to Pi!
feel: sleepysleepy
hear: my hotel fridge is dripping in morse code.
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Little Red: oregon trailmylittleredgirl on March 10th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yes! It's also illegal to fish with canned corn in Oregon. GOOD TO KNOW.
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: RL - Me Kayaking - besydbesyd on March 12th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
It's also illegal to fish with canned corn in Oregon.

What? One of my best memories of fishing as a kid was sitting on a pier at the lake with a cane pole, a tiny hook, and a can of corn. Caught 64 (!) blue gills in about 30 minutes. I'm convinced there were only about 10 fish; they just kept coming back for more corn.

And it's illegal to spit in public in Durango, CO. Or it was when I lived there. And no, there would have been no reason for that law to change after I left.
Pooh: Psych - rock on (by tinamishi)mspooh on March 11th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I believe it's only Oregon and Jersey you can't legally self-serve, though some people get away with it when the attendant is super busy or slow, at least in Jersey. I have friends who don't know how to pump at all because of this.
live the life you've imaginedcalleigh_j on March 10th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
and the legal right to pump my own gas!

You can't normally do that? Madness!! We do that everywhere here - it really confused me when I was in the States that people didn't fill up their own cars with petrol.

The road trip sounds like a whole lot of fun though!! Have fun in the daylight!!
Little Red: oregon trailmylittleredgirl on March 10th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
You can in almost every state!! Just not Oregon or New Jersey, for some reason. I imagine it has something to do with creating more jobs, but I really have no clue.
Pooh: TDS - wha?! (by nerdork)mspooh on March 11th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
I heard it was a safety issue.

Erm... aha! linky
Finova: My Cultalosersdream on March 10th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
and no dis on being born in a barn, as mi beloved sister was born in a converted chicken coop.

Would that be Gira? And how did I not know of this story!

And, Happy Adventuring!!
Little Red: ethermylittleredgirl on March 10th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Yes! I hope I remembered that right. The apartment at Summit Station where she was born used to house chickens. Yep.

I've been thinking of you lots lately!! I hope all is well in the land of oz. :)
fatechica1123: Advanced GIRfatechica1123 on March 10th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Can I be a shepherdess now, please?

LOL, you could have been one if you applied to the job at my university. We're an aggie school and so we have sheep. So you could have been a shepherdess. If you had your own dog. And, you know, a degree in animal biology. Unless you do have one. In which case, you'd only need the dog. :)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on March 10th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh yes please!!

I totally want to grow up and have, liek, three sheep, and one dog who can herd them. It'll be great.
LJ: ma_tesolljs_lj on March 10th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Having grown up here in Oregon, I always wonder, why would you want to pump your own gas? It's messy and icky and smells bad and you have to get out of your vehicle and there's the added bonus of potential explosions - why bother when a highly trained professional (read: teenage boy who can't find anything better) could do it for you? I didn't learn how to pump gas until Middle!Brother forced me to in Alaska last July.

I raise you your Grass Seed Capitol of the World and offer instead the Christmas Tree-Growing Capitol of the World (possibly) up here in Clackamas County. (I don't actually know if we have the honor of that title, but everywhere we drive, it's either Christmas trees or llamas/alpacas.)

Have fun!
Pooh: Captives - jeans smut! (by meegzi31)mspooh on March 11th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
4) Heh. That would be Rt. 10 around these parts, and by "these parts," I mean like two miles away from my house. It's definitely a... scenic... drive along that stretch.

5) Chain and lock your door, omg. :P
Ryuu: daisycm83 - Roseskarma_aster on March 13th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
I've honestly never been a station where you don't pump your own gas. Full service stations don't exist here at all.