1919 PARKIN’ IN PARKIN
Maybe I will do a little update tonight.
About a week ago I embarked on an unplanned road trip.
For a while now I have seen lots of my street friends live in their vans and stuff- and I always wanted to give it a shot.
Now- I’m cheating a bit- by staying at my mom’s house for a few nights- but on the road- I lived in the van.
It’s not that hard to be honest- the rest stops on the interstates are great- clean- and safe.
I was kidding my buddy earlier- I told him that the drive [from TX. To N.J.] was great- cheap.
But as soon as I hit Jersey- the toll system cost me more cash [around 30] and time [geez- having to stop multiple times- before getting off!] than the entire trip combined!
But all in all it was an okay drive.
I was detoured just outside of Little Rock- Ark.
I blew a fan belt- it was so loud I thought the transmission fell out!
I realized it was the belt- and had to drive to the closest exit and get off.
I wound up in a small rural town named Parkin.
To my surprise the town shop was able to get the parts and install them- at half the cost that pep- boys charged in the past![this water pump has a history].
As I spent half the day in Parkin- I walked around- took some pics- and made the best of it.
As I ‘interviewed’ my mechanic- I asked him what the town was like.
He was a young- White kid.
He said ‘It’s nice here- but the NIGGERS ARE NIGGERS.’
I then walked around- and talked to the Black people in the area.
They were real nice.
I picked up the Arkansas paper.
The top story was the local hero- who looked just like one of Jeff Foxworthy’s Red Neck’s.
He was on the front page because he made his annual trip to NYC to protest the Iranian president.
Yeah- he started making this his cause about 10 years ago.
This time- as he was standing outside the U.N.- he saw the Iranian security guys walking right by him.
They were protecting some top diplomat- and the Arkansan thru a punch- and hit the guy!
As I read this story- while ‘parked’ in Parkin- I had to laugh.
The guy said ‘as they walked by- I thought the guy was Ahmidinejab’.
Yeah- he was proud- grinning ear to ear.
They asked him how he got involved with this cause- he has an on-line web site and he leads a group who regularly protest the Iranian leaders desire for Nukes.
He told the reporter that his wife died of cancer about 10 years ago- and he needed something to keep his mind occupied.
Yeah- Foxworthy would have loved it.
All in all my day [half day] was well spent- lessons learned- prejudice revealed- and hospitality shown to me- by a nice Black owner of the local beauty salon [her name was Shea].
Yeah- I learned some stuff in while parked- in Parkin.
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