August 9th, 2001

Beatles

No computer

Well.. I still have a computer.. working fine too..

But, I've decided to re-format, so I've sorted every file on the computer, and gotten rid of a lot of stupid files I've, for some reason, collected. Tons of ugly and lousy cam-pictures I've got no major interest in, copies of files etc etc. Major cleaning.

Only problem. I've run out of CD-R's. That means I'm in some kinda limbo. I don't feel I can go and see if there's some nice files or pictures to get, since I've already backed up that. I don't want to add a CD with a lot of different "loose " material.

Of course, since I've trashed or moved most of the files on my HD, I can't run that many applications neither, since they're either missing the files, or would add files.

So.. basically I'm sitting with a computer I don't feel I can use that much, and gee.. is it boring, or???

Well.. Track & Field World Championships in Edmonton starts showing on TV soon. For all Americans reading this. Well.. up in Edmonton (Canada), there's a World Championshiop going on.. Nike vs. Addidas I think. Actually.. it's Track & Field. That means.. They are inside an sports arena where they run a lot. Not all. Some do jump a lot. Both trying to jump the longest, or heighest. Actually, some use a Pole to try to get heigher, but they don't compete with the ones jumping without a pole. Some people throw things. Actually, it's the athletes, not the audience. It's really impressive. In the middle of like 50,000 people, they throw javelins (spears) or heavy sledges a really long way. But most of all, they're running. The most fun watching, and the most sexist, of course is women jumping. Also called: How to turn ordinary bikini bottoms into a G-string.

For some reason, they have the competition in Edmonton, Canada, North America. (Supposedly to get prime time TV in America). Edmonton where everybody is only interested in Hockey. North America, where nobody is watching anyway. Instead, we in Europe, who really likes Track & Field sport, have to start watching about 10 pm in the evening (Qualifications), and watch it through the night until about 5 am.
Woo Hoo.. Great Planning! In North America, nobody's interested anyway, in Europe we can't see it unless we want to sleep through the day. In Australia, where they have some interest, they would have to take the day off from work, to see it.
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USA 5

Moving on towards Memphis. Went over Mississippi River into Missouri, and turned back. Went over Mississipi River again, and Ohio River. Actually, without me really knowing it, I went over basically where they meet. Except the bridges feeling slightly claustrophobic (narrow), it was amazing. Kentucky. Now I only went along the edge of Kentucky, but.. I really loved that part of the trip. Nice road, surrounded by trees, and every now and then, a small, pretty village.
Stopped at a Burger King in Dyersburg, TN, and.. well.. I've prefered Burger King a long time, and the Bacon Whopper something, not sure what version it was, was by far the best burger I've ever had. Who would have known. Everything was perfect. The Whopper very yummy, the fries really good and very crispy, they had Dr. Pepper and the chocolate shake really good. For those who wants to know, I almost always order the burger-version with bacon, a mid-size soda (Regular, since I hate most of the Diet ones), and usually I have a Chocolate Shake in the end. Hmm.. yes.. when it comes to what taste good vs. health, I guess good wins hands down.

I still was a day ahead, basically.. close at least. 22 hrs ahead, or something. Reached Graceland when they closed. They had some advertising for Sun Studio Tour, with a lot of coupons for motels. A Best Western in West Memphis, Arkansas, attracted me, so I went there, despite the hour being early. Thought I might check in, then go back to Memphis and have a look. It was a brand new Best Western ( http://www.travelweb.com/booker/AppLogic+booker.hotel.info.Start?brand=BW&pid=04099&iid=BW ), which meant it was really nice. Well.. the sweet woman in the check in was really nice too. Must have been a Cancer. For some reason, it's only with people born in Cancer, I'm really chatty from the start. Generally I'm quite reticent when it comes to meeting new people. My plans of touring Memphis went out of the window, the moment I turned on the TV and hit the bed. Being too tired, in general, I got stuck in front of the TV, watching some old episode of X-Files and The Huntress.
Graceland. Went there the first thing, hoping it wouldn't be too much people, and.. it wasn't. The "tour" was both good and bad. What can one say. It was Elvis' home. The mansion as such, was smaller than one might think, and as such, not that interesting. Now there were a lot of additional buildings which they had turned into some kind of museum with a lot of memorabilia on display, such as costumes, gold records, posters etc. More interesting than the actual mansion, and also a great lesson in Elvis history.
Then off to Sun Studio, and their "tour". Now, Sun Studio basically only is one room. The studio. Well.. Next door they've got a caf‚, and up a stair, they sell tickets to the tour as well as souvenirs. Bought a T-shirt and a CD "The Sun Story". It also works a little like a museum, since they display a lot of memorabilia there. As I said, the tour is only one room, but still one of the best tours I've been on, thanks to a very dedicated, enthusiastic and fun guide, telling the story of Sun Studios, and Rock 'n Roll in general. Now, of course, if Rock 'n Roll had a birthplace, it really was Sun Studio, so the story of the two touches a lot of common ground. The song considered to be the first Rock 'n Roll song was recorded there, and of course, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbinson, Johnny Cash, Rufus Thomas, Ike Turner all started out there. Interesting was to know it's still in use today. After U2 recorded 4 songs there for their Rattle & Hum-album, lots of artists has recorded there (They record during the nights, and have tours during the days). Not long ago, Matchbox 20 was there.
In the end, it was kinda amazing being there, and it was impossible not to get touched by being in that room.

Mississippi, Arkansas and sleep in a Motel 6 in Texarcana, before going down to Louisiana. The road between Texarcana and Shreveport was really beautiful. But.. it was hot. Don't know how hot, but.. everytime you stopped to have a smoke, it felt like stepping out into hot and wet cotton. At least the insects seemed to like it, because it was really, really noisy with them. Well.. my destination was Waco, TX, and I made it there sometime in the afternoon.
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T-shirt

Sniff.. sob.. Today is when I retire my Tori Amos T-shirt..

Well.. it's old, and have served me well.. But now it's in too bad of condition to wear in public anymore.