Truck Stop LovePosted: December 4, 2013
Driving on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is a brutal ordeal, one that shouldn’t be undertaken by the faint of heart. The weird mix of aggressive, sleep deprived drivers, truckers, and people who seem to be behind the wheel for the first time in their lives makes driving any distance dangerous and no fun. Only New Years Eve is a worse time to drive.
The road took its toll on me. Tired, hungry and needing to off-load the ocean of diet soda I’d finished, I pulled off the interstate and into a truck stop.
Truck stops are unusual places. The mix of truckers and vacationers makes for good people watching. The shops have all the things you’d expect in a business catering to interstate travelers and items that I suppose are important to have if you’re driving a giant truck. If you need it, you can get it at a truck stop
This truck stop was a zoo. Holiday traffic overwhelmed the place. There were lines at the fuel pumps and it was nearly impossible to find a parking spot. I got inside, expecting the line at the bathroom to be at least as bad as the lines outside. Fortunately, I was wrong.
Although I was desperate, and as happy as I was that there was no line at the men’s room, I paused before stepping in. Something caught my eye and made me reconsider my plan.
Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas holiday season. Not even truck stops are exempt from the seasonal decor requirement. Someone at the truck stop thought that, as part of the festive holiday decoration, this was a good idea –
The mix of signs got me to wondering if I really should go in. The need to relieve myself was intense, but I wasn’t in search of any sort of romantic entanglement. Desperation drove my decision to go in. I took care of my business, washed my hands and came back out.
Maybe you really can get whatever you’d need at a truck stop.
It might not be a good idea, but I suppose you could.