JUNKYARDS, CROSSROADS, AND THE “YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME” SYNDROME

Posted: June 5, 2016 in Automobiles, Cars, Deserted, Details, Old cars, Photography, Rust, Wabi Sabi
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Another trip to seven acres of rusty automotive heaven tucked away in northern Georgia. Please click on photos for gallery views.

A shout-out to my faithful companion, Kemo Sabe, for getting us to this out-of-the-way destination using a primitive tool called a “paper map.” Zelda, long-suffering voice of Tom Tom, the magical GPS machine, could get us ANYWHERE but here, since the junkyard and the town it is located in do not exist in the world of GPS.

Kemo and Zelda were quite the pair for the entire 1,600 mile trip, sniping at each other, ignoring instructions and road signs and each generally trying to best the other in an on-going game of one-upmanship. Zelda would indicate a split in the highway (“In 500 yards, keep left.”)

Kemo would stubbornly remain in the right hand lane.

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Wabi Sabi: “Stay in the left lane, Kemo.”

Kemo Sabe: “That’s not right. We don’t take this road.”

Wabi Sabi: “But, she SAYS…”

Moments later,  Zelda:  “Proceed 300 yards and make a U-turn…”

KS: “Trust me.”

Zelda: “At Cloverleaf Road, take a left and then another left and return to the freeway.”

KS: “She’s wrong.”

Zelda: “For the love of God, Montresor!” 

WS: “Do you hear banjo music?”

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This reminds me of the time my eldest son travelled to Mississippi to pick up a standup bass and, on his way home, decided that he wanted to see the crossroads where Robert Johnson made his Faustian deal with the devil to become the greatest blues musician in the world. He found the tiny rural community where Johnson had lived and went in search of the crossroads, but it was late in the day and road markers were a little vague and eventually, the road sort of petered out and he found himself in total darkness and sitting in a field all by himself.

In rural Mississippi.

In the middle of nowhere.

And not a light to be seen but his own headlights.

And where was his GPS in all of this? She (Zelda’s sister, Mavis) was quite sure that wherever he’d landed didn’t actually exist and refused to help, the tight-lipped satellite wife version of a cold shoulder: “You got yourself into this, mister. Now you figure it out.”

Which he did, eventually, though he has not spoken with Mavis since.

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Comments
  1. Jeanne says:

    My sister and brother-in-law had a similar experience in Missouri. Stopped for gas and a sandwich but heard the banjo music, decided to just get gas and get the hell out.

  2. sedge808 says:

    “Do you hear banjo music?”
    RUN !

  3. Betsy Legg says:

    Love the pictures AND your comments are priceless. Makes our travels look normal!! Thanks!!😜

  4. Lignum Draco says:

    Doesn’t Zelda have an off switch? 😉

    • Yes…but it seemed to fly in the face of her First Amendment rights.
      I know there is one GPS program that lets you choose the voice of John Cleese. I would so love to have his voice giving the directions, though I would probably always wonder if he was setting me up for a sketch or something. 🙂

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