My current contract runs out on April 29 and the follow-on won't be a ready for a while after that, so I'll be fully retired for a spell. As I've been working full time to allow wife kitteh to do as she pleases and she has taken several solo trips during this time, she's encouraging me to go on vacation.
I've pondered three different trips.
- Coastal Carolinas. I love the inland waterways and used to say I wanted to retire in Elizabeth City, NC. This would be a chance to cruise the coast and chat with tobacco farmers to get some tips for the next time I try.
- Alabama exploration. I thought the northern hills were beautiful and down on the Gulf, Fairhope is fabulous. A week spent really getting to know the state would be a lot of fun.
- Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. This one just popped into my head recently. We were driving around and somehow, the topic of Arkansas arose. It's as poor as can be, but so what? The Ouachita and Ozark regions are gorgeous. I've never spent any time there, so that's as good a reason to go as any.
I have wanted to visit Vicksburg just to see what it's like and taking tours of catfish and crawfish farms in Mississippi and Louisiana would be cool. Maybe I could find an old cotton gin at an antique store.
Right now, the Arkansas option is winning out. I'm leaning towards flying into DFW and flying out of IAH as I want to see the USS Texas which is in the Houston area. I had thought I'd do a driving sweep through the area, staying at a different location every night, but the hotels aren't very attractive. If I can find a VRBO place to rent in striking distance of my destinations, I'd rather do that instead.
Addendum: The USS Texas is closed for repairs, so that's right out of the question. Sad.
The long drive would be into the bayous on the Gulf in Louisiana, but as I'd be alone, the only person I'd irritate in the car would be me. If I got sufficiently grumpy on the day trip, I could cut it short and do something else.
Stormfront and BLM Merge
Once you turn off the noise machine that is the news media and the pundits, it's easy to see how this happened.
|Jamaal is a member in good standing of the Congressional Black Caucus. Here, he is arguing that blacks are different in kind and incapable of learning. This exact same cartoon could be used to make the exact same point by a white supremacist.|
On Twitter, lots of people made the connection and rushed about, pointing and howling, but when you step back and think about it, this was inevitable. BLM and Stormfront are solving the exact same equation with the exact same boundary conditions. That they used different methods to reach their answers doesn't change the fact that they came to the same conclusion.
The crucial governing principle is that race is the dominant feature in a person's life. Once you latch on to that and discard the notion that each person is an individual with moral agency over their lives, there's only one destination. And here we are.
Hooray for unity!