Do not feed the wildlife, and watch for snakes?
This is the view when you pull into the Texas Welcome Center.
As if the previous night in Louisiana wasn’t enough.
That campground was a simple piece of swamp. When I got out of my rig to plug into the electric, I sank into mud up to the ankle. There were signs warning not to leave garbage out, because it attracts alligators. Bears, I’m used to. Alligators, no.
So the next morning I balled the jack all the way to Livingston, Texas, which is a couple of hundred miles on barely-paved 75 mph two-lane roads north of Houston. Got into my campground at 5:32 p.m.
500 miles in 8 hours. How did I do that?
Drugs. All legal.
1) Starbucks Double Shot in a can;
2) I took my Adderal, which I normally hate taking, but it really does help me pay attention)
3) Nicotine tablets
4) There was a fourth one, but I forget now. I’m having a major crash day.
So I’m watching for snakes. I never feed the wildlife anymore, so that’s not an issue. But snakes are important to watch for.
I don’t have a huge desire to hang around in Texas for longer than I have to. The only reasons I have to are to pick up some mail that is waiting for me here, and to see if I can get my abscessed tooth taken care of. There’s a place here that advertises crowns made in one day, so I’m going to look into that.
Good thing I’m a traveling pharmacy, otherwise this tooth would have hung me up before now. As soon as it dawned on me that this pain, swelling, and fever was localized to a tooth that broke in half recently, and was half-heartedly repaired by a dentist who really wanted to do the, “Oh, what you need is a four-tooth bridge, maybe a couple of implants and a time-share on Key Largo” thing, so was put out when I explained that I was short on both time and money…so the shite filling she did ($270) started leaking almost immediately, with the result that the tooth became infected, during the blizzard, of course.
Where was I?
Oh, yes. As soon as I realized that it was my tooth, I rummaged through my box of random medicines and found exactly the right antibiotic. After three days the tooth quieted down, but I’ve continued to take the antibiotics, because the tooth is now essentially a foreign body, and until it’s fixed the bacteria will be hiding out in there, waiting for a window of opportunity. Which I hope not to give them.
Now, there is a dentist in this town who advertises not only same-day crowns, but also sedation! And takes emergencies! Does it get any better?
Yes, not needing a dentist in the first place.