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Columbine expressed interest in how people pick their routes when they're driving places. Once we got out of Texas, we went the way we have (mostly) always gone, which is Texarkana-Little Rock-Memphis-Nashville-Louisville-Cincinnati-Dayton. One time we tried driving a more southern route and going through Louisiana and Mississippi, and that didn't really work out so well. (We ended up getting stopped by police with a K-9 unit, who apparently thought we were drug smugglers.) We have also done a more northern route, though Indianapolis and St. Louis - that one is okay and actually a bit shorter, according to Google Maps. I just thought it was more boring. I would rather look at trees than plains, I guess. I stick to interstates when I want to get somewhere fast, I guess that's mostly how I pick routes. If I have time to wander, then I take backroads.

I think we may go back by some other route, though. Maybe Indianapolis or we may even stay more north than that, although it would almost definitely end up being out of the way. We are not in a terrible hurry, though, and there are several far-midwestern states I have never been in. I don't think Rob has either, although I'm not at all sure he cares much. We haven't decided for sure, anyway.

We hadn't driven to Ohio since the trip with the close encounter with the police dog, which we figured out was in 1996. (I should say that the dog was perfectly polite, and so were his handlers, once they decided we weren't smuggling anything.) So it was the first time we had done it in 12 years. We partly stopped doing it because we were tired of it and so we stopped as soon as we could afford to fly - but it's also usually a question of time, and especially of vacation days. We have fairly generous vacation but not so much (under normal circumstances) that I want to spend several days of it driving. We drive it in two days if we're in a hurry, and three if not so much. Two days means doing Houston-to-Memphis in one day, usually, which takes 12 hours or more. Memphis-to-Celina ain't no piece of cake either.

And well, of course, this time we had plenty of time, so we did the three-day version (Bryan to Arkadelphia the first day, through Arkansas and Tennessee to Bowling Green, Kentucky the second day) and I have to say it wasn't nearly as bad as I remembered. Of course, having plenty of time makes a lot of a difference. I even volunteered to drive to Detroit to see Karen, too, although we ended up settling on meeting in the middle.

We ended up buying the laptop in Jackson, Tennessee, which was the first time we spotted a Best Buy with time to get off the road without having to double back too far. It was a big new-looking shopping center on the edge of town. I had dragged a Dell ad all the way from Texas, which advertised this laptop for $699, "exclusively at Best Buy" - I did look at what they had at Wal-Mart, but this one seemed like a better value for the money. I tend to be pretty hard on my computers, particularly since I discovered gaming. This one had much more memory and a bigger hard drive, and other bells and whistles. (Including that web-cam, which I tried out this morning.)

I really miss my internet access. I know that's not much of a surprise to anybody that knows me.
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