I may have omitted an important detail of our last leg of our trip home. As we left Las Cruces NM our path took us past a tire facility. Hey, I know a tire guy. Hey, his name is Forrest. Coincidence? I think not!
Yesterday morning, after attending to some chores my beloved ScooterChick offered to take me out to breakfast. Since it was 1:30 in the pm there were only two choices. IHOP or our eventual destination. Since I enjoy eating at restaurants we do not have in the Great NorthWet I chose this one.
We have dined at this particular establishment before and since it was close to the end of the business day for them, service was prompt and food arrived hot and fast. The coffee cups are cheerful, belying the contents which are hot but not good.
ScooterChick ordered Chilaquiles. These are described thusly:
Three eggs scrambled with Monterey jack cheese, onions, tomatoes, and crisp tortilla strips topped with ahogada salsa and drizzled with sour cream.
They were unusual and she found them quite sour for her taste, but they were consumed with panache nonetheless.
I reverted to type and ordered my favorite meal here. You can probably tell from a glance what these pancakes contain: That's right BACON and Cheddar!!!
Now that's what I'm talkin' about!! It was every bit as good as I remember.
They are only open from 6 am until 2 pm so you can see how busy it was. There were two other patrons, so Patsy and I double their head count.
We finished running out errands and I came across this cool old sign. Though the paint is faded, it is still possible to make out Union Bus Lines on the face of the sign, The letters were originally outlined in neon tubes, which are also a dying art. Given the style (Art Deco) and the construction method of the signage, I would have to say it started service in the latter 30's or early 40's. I made some local inquiries and found out that it had been decommissioned for at least 20 years or more.
What a treat to stumble over these reminders of yesteryear. Bus travel had been an important part of the nation's history, and now with the advent of inexpensive air travel, ride sharing and commuter rail this method of transit seems to largely have gone by the boards. This sign is but a reminder of a slower and quieter time.
Do not take me for a Luddite Neo-Luddism however. I am as tech-dependant as the next guy. My smart phone and laptop mark me as a "connected" individual. One of my favorite phrases is: "technology is just great-right up to the point where it isn't!"
Oh well! Goodbye now!