A full day: the Lost Passenger, Organic Smoking, and 6 minutes of Happy Dogs

Today is December 18, 2016, the 353rd day of the year.

On this day in 1892, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Nutcracker Suite” premieres in St. Petersburg, Russia.



I pick up a passenger Friday night, 2 a.m. in Hickory. He was a male in his late 20s.

Guy: How far is Greensboro from here?

Me: About an hour and a half.

Guy: What town is this?


Later in the trip, the guy wants to stop at a fast food place. The only thing open where we are on Hwy 70 is McDonald’s. So, we pull up to the drive through.

Guy ordering: I want a hot and spicy.

McDs lady: A what?

Guy: I want a hot and spicy.

McDs lady: We don’t have a hot and spicy. What is it you want?

Guy: I’ll have a crispy chicken sandwich…. Two $1 menu McDoubles… and a Sausage McGriddle.

(Yep, hot and spicy)


We arrive at his destination, which was listed at the Fairfield:

Guy: I’m at the next hotel.

Me: Ok, so you’re staying at the Hampton?

Guy: Yeah.

We pull up at the Hampton

Guy: This isn’t it either.

I finally had him pull out his hotel key. It was for the Courtyard.

That had to be a tough Saturday morning wakeup



I’m still trying to figure out the logic of pushing organic, whole food, eat healthy, etc. etc. from folks who smoke. I suppose it’s different if you smoke organic tobacco.




If humans could be half this happy to see their friends as dogs are to see their humans. Here is over six minutes of dogs welcoming home their masters.



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