Well, I have had a morning!
I was at breakfast when I mentioned I wasn't registered for any sessions today and was planning on looking around town, and someone turned to me and said, well, that'll take you fifteen minutes.
I stepped off campus and sure enough, fifteen minutes later, I had reached The End Of Town. (Part of this is due to the fact that nothing was open yet.)
I ended up walking down to where I'd been SO LOST last night, a small strip mall with the tiniest Borders I've ever seen. It was huge, and yet, still the tiniest. I hung out there for a while, and then went and got lunch at
TRIPLE XXX FAMILY RESTAURANT.
Lest you think I'm kidding: They're on the hill but on the level!
I was going to take a Travelin' Jack photo for everyone but I've realised that when a solitary man takes an action figure out of his backpack and photographs it standing next to his root beer, it's very difficult to explain away rationally. I did buy a root beer for later, though.
We're under a boil order here since yesterday afternoon (would have been nice to know when I brushed my teeth this morning) because according to the guy I talked to at TRIPLE XXX FAMILY RESTAURANT, "The main done broke."
I did get to wander through Von's, as someone suggested, which is a cool row of stores all connected by doorways and yet not connected by ANYTHING ELSE. There's a bookstore, a bead store, a record store, and a second-hand bookstore if you turn right as you pass from the bead store to the record store. It was fun! I bought nothing. I have too many books as it is, alas, and my use for loose beads is pretty limited.
I'm back on campus now, and pondering walking back to my room for a few hours before the opening ceremonies tonight (which I will undoubtedly be underdressed for, but whatever, this is my vacation). I'd catch a bus, but this is THE TOWN OF NO BUS STOPS. I see the buses toodling around town, but I think they're just a ruse. Maybe some kind of performance art.
This is a sweet, small-towny kind of town, but there are moments where I think this town is fucking with me.
It's amusing so far.