Some Random Bits

*Dr. Pepper doesn’t exist here. When we were in Wellington, the bloke we were staying with had a side job refilling vending machines. He had just discovered Dr. Pepper and had purchased a case. It was absolutely maddening to think of someone who’d never had a Dr. Pepper, or anything LIKE it, before. My brother will be devastated.

*Toilets are serious business. When you flush the commode, it seems like half the water in the city shows up to erase whatever you’ve done. The water pressure in this entire country is unbelievable. Also, hot water is REALLY hot.

*Smoking is illegal indoors in the entire country. That’s a breath of fresh air. HA!

*Ketchup is called tomato sauce. It’s also rather scarce, as you have to ask for it (even at McD’s) and you get the wary eye when you ask, as if they are hording it for some ketchup apocalypse.

*Feeling like a foreigner. I don’t, really. If I keep my mouth shut, I look just like everyone else. No one is wiser. It’s the accent (and, yes, sometimes the Travelin’ Hat[tm]) that give me away. Everyone speaks my language, there are plenty of American brands around. It’s like I’m in an episode of Sliders. After next week, though, it’s going to be different.

*Pods. Thanks to Nick in Wellington, I’m addicted to these things. They’re from M&M/Mars. They are little bowl-shaped cookie bits with a chocolate/caramel mix in the concave part. So good! I got a bag at the movies and have been rationing them.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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1 Response to Some Random Bits

  1. Brock says:

    Hahaha, that ketchup thing reminds me of this bit on Jim Gaffigan's King Baby special. He talks about when you're at a fast food place and they give you like two ketchup packets, then when you go to ask for more they act like you're taking from their own personal stash. "Well, it looks like my kids aren't having ketchup tonight."

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