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Saturday, December 29, 2007 - Tuscaloosa AL

I feel a tad uncomfortable traveling through strange country on a long holiday weekend when services might be few and far between.

Haybale figure at Jim Bird's Acta Non Verba, Forkland AL, December 26, 2007
Haybale figure, at Jim Bird's "Acta Non Verba", Forkland AL, December 26, 2007

That concern never stopped me in the past

But one can end up driving a long day - into and even through the night - when too many places are closed. I guess I've had enough of that. I just don't feel like doing that right now - and I don't have to, thank you very much. There's no rush to get anywhere. So I'll hang here and fill up on bookstores for a few days. There are two nearby, a new Barnes & Noble and an older Book-a-Million.

Night camp

Wal-Mart Parking Lot in Tuscaloosa AL

Wal-Mart Supercenter in Tuscaloosa AL

Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #715, 1501 Skyland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 - (205) 750-0823

This Wal-Mart is one of my favorite parking lots for overnight dry camping. There is good, level parking and access to lots of shopping and services useful to the traveler.

Tools for Communicating

There is no one who can know everything anymore, because there is simply too much information for one lifetime. In the gaps, our tools grow (I choose the organic term carefully), and they allow people to unite and divide movements, to undermine leaders, to elect the unwilling to roles of leadership into which they might grow. No single person can dominate in this world for very long these days, because our tools for communicating link us like ants and we can move the world while undemocratic leaders try to hold it still. People peck the man on the big horse to death like hungry ducks if he leads them down the wrong path or takes too many liberties on the journey.

Mitch Ratcliffe, Februray 27 2003