Dr. James Adams
jadams at carpet.dalton.peachnet.edu
Thu May 7 08:47:05 EDT 1998
Mark Walker wrote:
> During really active months, I would actually inspect other people's
> vehicles. The A&W Root Beer stands were always good for this. Sometimes,
> when too embarrassed to fuss with someone else's grill, I would find myself
> ruining a perfectly good Mama Burger (these were just right for a youngster
> of my stature), overwhelmed by nervous anxiety, that big fat swallowtail
> pinned underneath the guy from Oklahoma's front bumper.
Ah, I remember those times, too, Mark. Rest areas were always one of
my favorites places to stop on trips when I was young. With all
those vehicles coming through from all parts of the country, there
was always the possibility of finding something really unusual on the
ground. I remember more than once asking someone if I could pull
something off of their grill. I still make frequent stops at rest
areas along interstates, now mostly to check the lights which
frequently have moths at them. This is true even in the middle
of the afternoon, as long as the lit wall is in the shade. Texas
rest areas are particularly good, as most of them are lit inside and
have open tops so that moths can get inside.
> As an editorial note, they just don't make radiator grills like they used
> to... Cars are just too ergonomic, I guess.
This is so true! There are so few bugs anymore that get hit and
stick! I remember one time when I was younger and our family had
taken a trip to the NW. We were coming east in Wyoming after
visiting Yellowstone, and there was a large RV driving behind us from
Alaska, with an extra screen grill on the front that was apparently
exclusively erected for preventing bug spots on the RV itself. I
remember looking out the back an drooling over the leps that I could
see on the front of the vehicle. I even recognized a couple of the
leps, and kept hoping that they and we would stop at the same rest
area. Alas, it never happened. Ah, for the good old days and those
big, bug catching grills!!
Nice to reminisce occasionally, isn't it?
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