Wednesday, April 4, 2007


I dropped Brenndan off at the airport and headed over to the home of Tim Carroll, who I met at Wig and Ad's wedding in September. Tim lives in Bouldin Creek, a great neighborhood full of Mexican food and coffee shops. I asked Tim which is his favorite Taqueria and then walked down South First to get some rice and beans. I wound up at La Mexicana Panaderia and Taqueria. The beans and rice with a dozen home made flour tortillas and a selection of three pastries cost me $5 and came with self serve nopalito salsa, my favorite. The pastries were light and delicious and so flaky. Beans and rice have become the staple of my diet on this trip. I used to order tacos but since outside of California it can be hard to get vegetarian tacos I have just been ordering beans, rice and tortillas and making my own. Usually I have an avocado in the van too. It's the perfect meal and usually costs about $3-4 and provides enough food for two meals.

That night at around 8 pm I felt utterly exhausted and had to go crash out in the van. I felt like I had been given a dose of downers, I literally couldn't get out of bed. It wasn't until later that I realized that I had been drinking the spring water from Chinati Springs that contains lithium and arsenic!

On Sunday night Clane Hayward invited me to dinner at Mary's house. It was great to meet everyone and eat delicious home made enchiladas with goat cheese and New Mexico red chile sauce. That night I parked in front of Clane and Donald's house and spent the morning playing with the dog. A neighbor stopped his car to ask if I was selling my van. "No sir!"

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