California Cruising: Cool Dogs and Humans
It was about noon by the time my friend Kristen and I had made goodbyes to our new friends and headed out on the road. It felt so good to get going. We stopped in a gas station on the way and I experienced running water for the first time in 11 days. I seem to have failed to have appreciated it in my normal life where it is usually present. It is pretty great. You just put your hands under the tap and out comes water into them. It is really amazing. After 11 days of showering with wet-naps, running water seems like the future…
On the drive we passed a semi-truck with the man’s name ‘Dick Hanks’ on the side of it. Sometimes when I have to do formal things, I am called aloud, “Harris, Stephen.” It bet it is pretty funny to an unsuspecting crowd when Dick Hanks gets the same treatment.
Kristen and I stopped in Sacramento for Indian food and then skedaddled out of town. ‘Have you ever been to Sacramento?’ ‘Yep. Once. A friend and I had some Indian food there once and then headed out of town because we were too grimy to make friends.’
Somewhere on the road we stopped at a Motel 6 and got a room for $70, where we had our first showers in 11 days. I listened to an entire Muse album during my water cleansing. Yes, I know there is a water shortage in California, leave me alone. I needed that! I was bearded with a colony of hipster-hair and there was 11 days of filth layered on me. A few people are going to have to drink less water tomorrow as result of it, but I hope they can understand that it was a necessity for the continuation of my non-scented existence as a member of society. A little guilt rides my shoulders, but I should be over it by tomorrow…
I had another long shower this morning. Running water is awesome! Hot water can really make a difference to your life.
Kristen and I got on the road at 10:00 and headed south. California Cruising!
She is new to driving her Land-Rover, and people were driving down I-5 at speeds of 80-90mph and she wanted to keep up with traffic. So, we freaking flew. And it was scary at times as she would oversteer a little and make the vehicle shake. And at 85mph, having a tall vehicle shake can be pretty frightening. A Land-Rover is a square block with a short wheel-base, and it would probably continuously roll for about 25 minutes once it started doing so at 85mph.
I ground my teeth a little on the drive!
We have two dogs with us, Hooj, a 14 year old snaggle-toothed Ewok looking little fella, and Tanka, a young Husky. Tanka has not had a poop in two days now. That is not how he usually is. Kristen says that he does not like to poop on a leash, and only does the deed when he is free to run off and be his own crap-master. But he has to be on a leash all of the time right now because Kristen can not let him run free in this uncharted territory as he may poop and then never come back! I find this very curious. As humans, we are embarrassed about #2. We sneak flatulation and sneak a poop unless you are with your pals or a significant other that is used to that part of you. But, for the most part, we humans think of shitting as dirty: we do not talk about it, and we keep that part of ourselves as private as we can. Peeing is no big deal, but shitting is a much bigger thing than just the next step. I have a friend who can not contently sit on a toilet that is not familiar and conduct business. We are a weird species, but that is how it is. Somehow, we have been taught to be embarrassed by this natural process, and it affects our psychology of crapping. However, this dog is going through the same thing. He will not shit on a leash. I find that incredible. He is a dog. It must be connected to nature and vulnerability that instinctive survival prevents him from doing in a crowd.
Or maybe he was over-mothered as a pup and she unhealthily taught him shame…
Just outside of San Diego, Kristen and I went to meet Ashley Wylie for dinner. I have not seen Ashley in 9 years. She has hardly aged and seems to still be a blooming flower. It was so nice to see her and have a quick chat. I would have liked to have visited with her all night, but it got late and Kristen and I needed a laundry mat to get our clothes freshened up before we head into Mexico. We found another Motel 6 for $70, and checked in for the night. Kristen paid for the room because I have been such a good navigator and have been so nice to her dogs. That was very sweet of her. I like her dogs because they have not made a noise or been any kind of a hassle in two full days of travel. Not one bark of fuss in two full days! I have never seen such good animal-travelers. Better than most people I know.
Those dogs are amazingly sweet creatures, even if one of them is poop-shy!