Friday, September 7, 2012
Oh How It Annoys Me!
This morning my daughter left again for college. She's been home for six months, and now she'll be gone for six months (Thanksgiving and Christmas not included). I will miss her, but thanks to the wonderful modern technological world, we get to text and call . . . like a lot. And even face time, if we want, which I will not want because I tried it and I look terrible. She told me that when she's away at school, she reads my blog first thing every morning - which is now good motivation to write every day! Well, except weekends.
Anyway, the point of all this is not to lament the fact that my daughter abandoned me, but rather to tell you how much I dislike Oregon (northeastern Oregon, that is). I had to drive my daughter across the border (no green card or passport required) to meet up with her ride to school in Rexburg, Idaho. We had a lot of fun driving there (it was only about 45 minutes) so I was distracted by all the things that bother me about driving across the state line. However, after I dropped her off and headed back towards the beautiful state in which I live, little things began to really annoy me. Like the fact that the Taco Bell wasn't opened yet and I really had to go to the bathroom (I had a humongous Diet Coke - - Mayor Bloomberg would probably have me arrested). Like the fact that the sun was in my eyes all the way home. I know - - not really northeast Oregon's fault, but everything was annoying me so I blame it on them. Like the fact that the speed limit on the highway is only 55. Holy cow! Have you ever driven on a highway with nothing but flat boring fields surrounding you and trying not to drive as fast as you could to get away from it??!!! It's HARD! And then there are the drivers themselves, driving 55 mph on the two-lane highway - and I couldn't pass because the stupid sun was in my eyes!
To be fair to northeast Oregon, though, I must say that there is one thing (yes, one thing) that they have going for them. Gas prices. They are almost 20 cents less per gallon than we pay in my beautiful home state. Plus, they pump your gas for you. As a matter of fact, it is against the law for you to pump your own gas! I like to pump my own gas, but it was kind of nice to sit in my car while the attendant cleaned my windshield and gave me my receipt with a "Thank you, ma'am, have a nice Friday"!
So, I guess I won't totally write off northeast Oregon. As long as their gas prices stay down.