Nov. 13th, 2007

mellicious: pink manicure (fall landscape)
I was reading about Skybus in the Wall Street Journal, and first thing you know I've talked to Rob and we've decided we're going to fly Skybus the next time we go to Ohio. I checked, and by going on the right days we could currently both fly round-trip for less than $200, if we're careful about what days we pick. Skybus' hub is Columbus, which is where we almost always fly to, anyway - but there's a big catch, for us, and that's that they don't fly to Texas at all, so far. So we would have to drive to Biloxi, MS, which is a good way but not further than I'm willing to drive - once, anyway. I'm not saying I'll ever want to do this again but I'm willing to try it once. It's a drive I'm comfortable making, and for that matter it's not any further out of the way than flying to Chicago like we did last year was. And I haven't been to Biloxi in years and years, since before all those casinos were there; I'm kind of curious about what it looks like nowadays anyway. This will end up costing considerably more than $200, of course, but any other round trip flight we could get would be $200 each on a really good day, so we still come out ahead. Even $200 flights are getting very hard to find now. And if gas goes up more it will only get worse. We haven't booked the tickets yet - it's not until April we're looking at - but I think we will soon.


Of course, the thought of going to Biloxi brings up my deep-seated distrust of the whole Deep South. And I kinda had this on my mind a bit already, for various reasons. Now as most southerners would tell you, Texas is South but not Deep South, except maybe in the rural parts of deep East Texas (aka the Piney Woods). To my mind, Cajun Louisiana is for most purposes a whole different culture, and is likewise exempted. On the other hand, the north half of Louisiana is a hotbed of rednecks, in my experience, and is most definitely not. (Although the whole question of rednecks is a whole can of worms, really, because god knows Texas isn't lacking in rednecks, either - they're just a little different brand of redneck. But then, most non-Southern parts of the US have their fair share, too.) I'm not saying that that makes us superior, you understand, just different.

Anyway, even if it's not the Deep South, Texas was still a Confederate state, and I was pretty much raised on that idiotic myth of the Lost Cause, as just about everybody my age was - and, well, I already called it idiotic so I think you've got the idea about what I think of it. Buncha baloney, is what it is, and racist to boot, of course. And I get increasingly impatient with people who perpetuate it. It's gotten pretty uncommon here, but over towards Mississippi and Georgia, I think you still see it a lot. I have gotten where I won't do business with any place that uses names like "Dixie" and "Bonnie Blue" or worse, something like "General Lee." (I have been getting mail from a "Bonnie Blue Quilts" due to a mailing list I'm on - that's the other piece of what brought out this little rant.) I suspect that for at least some of the merchants who use names like that, it's more a misguided attempt at southern pride than outright racism. But I still think they ought to think twice and three times about it, because I'm sure I'm not the only person who's turned off.

(I can't seem to type "Biloxi" - every time it comes out as "Bixoli" or something similar.)

I have to say that the best thing about the south - Sweet Tea - has been spreading this way, the last few years. More and more restaurants have it. Right when I go on Weight Watchers, of course. (That may not entirely be a coincidence.)



I called my dad and told him no, we weren't coming at Thanksgiving, but that we appreciated the invitation and maybe next year, when we're not in the nesting phase with our new house, we will actually come. I think I need to talk more about my dad, really, but not right now. I have just been through a protacted battle in the Catacombs of Kanthrax (I'm not sure that's spelled right, but whatever.) It took most of the evening, but we conquered in the end and came back victorious with piles of loot, so w00t!

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