Thursday, July 15, 2010

Z is for....

When I was growing up, we took regular trips to Utah to visit family.  I can remember getting up at o dark thirty in order to beat the heat.  Pffft yeah right.  I don't think Las Vegas ever gets below 90.  I digress.  When I was a kid, the I-15 did not go straight through from CA to UT the way it does now.  When I was a kid, you had to drive through all the little towns in Utah.  All the little towns, that are no longer little and you can totally bypass on the I-15. 

We always did our trip in one day.  Ugh!  Looking back, I wonder how my mom stood that.  I wouldn't.  I would drive to St. George and stop for the night.  Or maybe Mesquite.  But no, we went ALL. DAY. LONG.  And my dad didn't stop unless he had to for gas and for eats.  We didn't get out, stretch, run, look around.  We stopped, peed, and got right back on the road.  So we played lots of travel games.  One such game is the Alphabet game.  How apropos since this is the last of Alphabae-Thursday until school resumes!  In this game, in case you haven't played it or your rules are different, we looked at Billboards, road signs, big rig trucks and license plates to find all the letters of the alphabet.  We always tried to time it right...because there is a road out in the Mohave Desert that is way after Barstow and before Nevada....

Yep...that is really the name of the road!  I always thought of it as the last road in CA.   For more info on Zzyzx Road...go here.

This portion of the post was brought to you by the letter Z
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Now...it's time for two truths and lie!

I am really enjoying this meme.  If you haven't joined up with me, or The Drama Mama before...  it's real fun and gets people coming back.  Cause hey, they want to know the truth!  Each Thursday we tell two truths and one lie.  Then the following week we come clean and start over again.  So last week I said:

1.  I was once lost in the mall:  True.  The whole family was out shopping.  Gees even my dad??  It doesn't seem possible.  He's a total homebody.  I digress.  Everyone was looking at something, but I saw what every girl dreams about:  SHOES!  I love shoes!  I wasn't lost really, I knew where I was.

2.  I was once lost in the mountains.  True.  In our regular journeys to Utah we would always go camping.  Again, even with pictures, I can't believe my dad did this.  Haha.  Well one time, my cousin who is two years younger than me asked if we could go for a walk.  His family came to the canyon all the time, so really he knew his way.  He was six I think.  I was eight.  I think.  I guess I was lost and confused as to where he was leading me, so I freaked out and went back the way we had come.  Makes sense right?  I remember him begging me not to.  I went anyway.  He was in trouble.  I was lost.  A man found me.  He walked me up the river and back to my camp site.  That is what I remember.  I was crying.  The Lord watched over me that day...and many more to come.  He looks down at me, and just says, "she's special" You know in that whispered voice..."special"  Yeah that is me.  I have a horrible sense of direction.  Much like my poor dad whom I have horribly picked on this post.  I am cursed with his sad sense.  Haha.  

I was once lost in the zoo.  Nope.  Not ever.  It occurred to me early on, that I should not have chosen ZOO as it is the letter Z today. Haha.  

Now for some truthin' and lyin'

1.  I have been on a helicopter
2.  I have been on a ship
3.  I have been on twin prop plane




21 comments:

Emmy said...

I can't even remember what I picked last week :)

Glad you got found when you were lost in the mountains, that could be scary.

I am debating between 1 and 3... Guessing the airplane as the helicopter could have taken youth the ship.

The Drama Mama said...

Yay!! I was right! You never got lost in the zoo. :)

As for this week, I'm going to go with #3 as your lie.

Linda Medrano said...

I'm picking #1 as your lie. Helicopters scare me and so I don't want you on one.

Mamma Christine said...

I love that road!! It makes me laugh every time I pass it.

Nora Johnson said...

What a unique name & ‘Z’ post! I must look out for it next time.

Happy Alphabe-Thursday,

LOLA:)

PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

SumSum said...

I'm going to say ship because it no one has and I always blow it by having to be original so no use stopping now.

mormonhermitmom said...

Hm. Well, I have been on a ship, and turboprop, but not on a helicopter when it was flying, so I'm going to say that you have never been in a helicopter when it was flying either.

Sue said...

I cheated last week and guessed all three, but this week I'm strictly on the level.

I'll pick #1 as the lie, as #3 seems too obvious. (Though what that has to do with anything, I don't know!)

As for Zzyzx Road, I've passed it many times. And I remember those trips to Utah before I-15, and we loved them!

We used to drive in the middle of the night and stop in Tonopah. Then there was some amazing pie place en route that I can't remember the name of. And of course, we got soft serve all along the way whenever we felt like it.

So much fun. And yes, many car games...

=)

Viki said...

How appropriate and cool is that road sign. Great Z post.

Nikki said...

Wow God and your guardian angel were definetly looking after you that day in the woods! I'd be crying too:) wailing more like! I got lost at Great Adventure once, it was scary and my mom was the one who was crying! :) i think the prop plane one is a lie, just cause I don't know what that is!

silfert said...

AUGH! I miss the Mojave like nobody's business! All of my best camping memories are tied up in that place...

And Mom and I STILL play the alphabet game. Bonus trivia: Can you name a children's literature character that also played the alphabet game?

ChristiS said...

wow, can't believe that is really a pronounceable name!

A 2 Z said...

When we were young we just slept or looked out the window. Now my kids have movies, video games, etc. Great Z post. Thanks for sharing.

Anne-Marie

Jingle said...

lovely post.
we used to travel by car,
love to see road signs and take pictures of the views along the way.

signed...bkm said...

Love the sign I bet that one gets stolen alot....lining the walls of hot rod garages...bkm

Holly said...

I missed a truth...I am - oh wait - where am I? Malls are too easy to get lost in...just like parking structures!

That road sign kills me every time I see it...who was drinking what when that thing was named!

Cheryl D. said...

LOL! As I was reading your post, it occurred to me what your Z post was going to be! I know that road well! It's right outside Baker.

Great Z post!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

That is certainly a strange name for a road, but great for your car game!

Sarah said...

What a perfect sign for the Z post. Fun to know about that one. ~ Sarah

The Muse said...

Brilliant Alpha Meme Day z submission! Simply brilliant!

Jenny said...

You definitely win the award for the most unique Z post on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday this week!

Wonder how you would even say that. Kinda sounds like a snore, I think.

Your truth or dare is funny. You're wonderfully creative Lourie!

Thanks for linking up.

I always enjoy my visits here.

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