Where in the hell am I?

April 20, 2010


Filed under: archaeology, archeology, survey, Texas — Tags: , , , , , — John @ 7:59 pm

Long days so far. Yesterday was kickoff meeting in Houston, then drive to Sulphur Springs, then go over logistics and maps. Ended up billing 11.5 hours, spread over 13 or so. The only highlight was lunch at Taqueria Jalisco in Lufkin.

Today didn’t seem like it would be as long, but it somehow ended up being even longer. Not a lot of driving, but a lot of walking and digging. Spent 10.5 hours in the field, including meetings and travel, then had all the post-field paperwork and such to do. Billed 12, since that’s our cap, but I’m owed another 30 minutes. Today’s “highlight” was flushing out a herd of 20-30 hogs. Or maybe seeing a water moccasin so big that we could hear it sliding through the leaves and grass from 20 feet up (we were at the edge of the creek bank, the snake was by the channel below). Or almost getting the truck stuck on a two-track road more than a mile-and-a-half from the nearest house.

Also, I have no beer. Not only is Hopkins County (where Sulphur Springs is located) dry (at least as far as selling alcohol in stores), but so are Delta and Lamar Counties, where we were working today. At least there were no stores along the county lines, which is usually a good sign that a county next to a dry county is wet. This is only a problem because the nearest place to buy beer is a 30-40 mile round trip, and I have no time or energy to go.

I know, call the waaahhhhmbulance. I’m going to make a lot of money this week, some of which will be spent on gas to drive back to Austin to play a softball game, and some of which will go to my local corner store and multiple six-packs of Lone Star tallboys, the official beverage of Where in the Hell Am I?


1 Comment »

  1. This post just about sums up the life of a shovel-bum!

    I wish you all the best for the remainder of the project!

    Comment by Brendan — April 20, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

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