Monday, August 14, 2006

It's a Beaver

Saturday we went on a road trip to San Antonio with Peter Suk and Diehl Moran for the San Antonio Contra Dance. Grant had a calling gig, and Evil Genius was playing.
I love road trips....especially with eclectic, geeky people. That way, I can pretty much be my normal self, let loose, and pretty much look standard and normal within the present company.

The highlight of the trip up was stopping at "Bucky's truck stop". There were signs for Bucky's starting somewhere about 1/2 way to San Antonio on I-10, and each one had the "Bucky's" logo, which was a beaver wearing a baseball cap. I swear, there was like, one every 2-3 miles. That's not too uncommon, and I wasn't really paying any attention to it, until Diehl started talking about another time that he made this drive. Apparently, he had missed the other 300 signs, and just happened to notice one that just had the picture on it, and said "It's a Beaver" of course, Diehl went off on all sorts of tangents with that one....Then....back to our trip....about 15 minutes later...Grant pointed out..."There's Diehl's sign" and there it was.....Ahhhhh. You see...this is why I love road trips....just for those bizarre kinds of moments. So, of course, we decided then and there that it was a sign....well, literally too...and that we must stop at the infamous Bucky's truck stop.

You know how when you envision something in your mind that's gotten a ton of excessive hype, and then you actually see it and's somewhat of a let down? Yeah...well, that was kind of my first impression of Bucky's because it was all clean, new and sparkly looking. Oh, and the place was huge! . It didn't look like it'd been a "road trip to San Antonio" icon for long. But, it earned back some coolness points by having an enormous kind of deli counter with like tons of different types of jerky....and they had their label on all sorts of things, like their own snacks, etc. They also sold Bucky's truck stop T-shirts...(I drew the line at that one.) And, they also had Dr. Pepper slushies, which of course, Diehl got. I got 2 pieces of Teriyaki jerky, and Peter got some caramel corn puffs or something like that Bucky's own personal brand, of course . They were like corn Pops, the cereal, covered in caramelized sugar.) I don't think that Grant got anything...maybe a drink...but, anyway. That was our amusing stop.

The dance hall was neat. It was on the second floor of the gymnasium in "Our Lady of the Lake College". Who knew that there actually was an Our Lady of the Lake U.... I've seen their billboards and their adds for online courses, etc. I just figured it was one of those degree-o-matic type businesses posing as a college. It was actually a beautiful place...and they had ducks...

Evil Genius was awesome, Grant was awesome, and I, being the only one of us who actually danced, had a groovy time, and met lots of nice people. Hopefully, they'll have us back.
We all drove home that night....skipping Bucky's this time.

Oh, yeah...Peter has the grooviest place now! It's part of an old house in the Heights...very nice. And, he has a movie room..with a kick ass projector and I want one. Screw the big screen LCD TV that is outrageously costly that I'll never spend the money, I want a projector that is outrageously costly and I'll never spend the money on.

Good trip...I hadn't been on a road trip in a while, so it was refreshing. Diehl and I decided that next time, we're sticking around another day and going to Schlitterbahn.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The "corn pops" at bucky's is caramel corn. Yes, it is so delicious! I don't know what they do to it, but it is better than everyone else. Probably gobs of butter.
Yes, we live about an hour away, but will go down to the store to see what they have. Good for gifts. And their Kolaches are great. Try the cream cheese ones with strawberry. Yum.