Still in Oxford

Still in Oxford. No news about my apartment and very little word from Ocean Springs. I can’t contact anyone there. The footage on CNN is disturbing.

Photos from Oxford and Tupelo:

It’s over

The Ubiquitous Red Plymouth is gone after almost eight years. I traded it in today when I bought a 2004 Hyundai Elantra with 10,000 miles. I got a good deal not just on the price and the trade in but on the finance rate from my bank, which was more than a percentage point lower than anything the dealer was going to offer.

I feel good. Let’s see how it plays out.

It’s not dead yet!

My car of eight years, a.k.a. The Ubiquitous Red Plymouth, had a near death experience today. The mechanic concluded that the engine control computer was the source of its problems, that the used replacement part didn’t work, that a new, more expensive part had to be ordered special from Detroit, and that it would be Tuesday at the earliest the car would be fixed if indeed that part was the problem. I decided not to fix the car. And that was to be the end except that when I went to pick up my key the car miraculously started. The mechanic thinks the replacement part hadn’t been secured properly at first. Who knows. I have serious doubts now about the competence and honesty of the mechanic, and about the reliability of my car. I’ll start looking for a new car next week.

Arizona euphoria, Mississippi dystopia

Yesterday morning I was driving across the yellow hills of central Arizona in a Lincoln Town Car owned by the Hertz Rental Car Company listening to music on the satellite radio. I thought, “I don’t want to go back.”

Well, here I am. When I got back to the airport last night the humidity was around 100%. My car wouldn’t start and I had to get it towed. The mechanic hasn’t figured it out yet and I remain without conveyance. On top of this a real shit storm is brewing at work. It doesn’t involve me, but I will have to be very careful to stay out of it.

I had a great time in Arizona, I really did! I made some friends, renewed my sense of purpose for my career, camped and hiked, saw lots of scenery, drank a lot, and visited with my brother and his wife.

Photos from Arizona: