Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This morning we didn't have anything we had to do and we didn't have anything we wanted to do so I suggested a ride on a country road. What else? John must have really been antsy because he didn't put up any excuses 'cause we shouldn't go. We didn't even know which way we wanted to go so I headed south. John suggested I turn on a white dusty gravel road. When we had been driving a few miles I said I wonder if this is a private road. We weren't meeting any vehicles or seeing any houses but we stayed with the road to see where it ended up. I'm never worried in South Texas because I know sooner or later I will come to a town or road I am familiar with. The road ended at a gate and guess where we were? I told John I guess we better turn around and go back the way we came. We had come upon the Lignite plant. I've always known it was out there somewhere but never knew anything about it. I know they employ a lot of people but I've never been told anything about it. People just say oh so and so got a job at the coal mines. I didn't even know lignite is coal so I looked it up. Lignite is brown or yellowish and woody in texture. The railroad runs by the mine but I have no idea where they haul it to. I'm sure when they first started mining there, there were articles in the paper but I didn't live here then. John doesn't know much about it or doesn't remember. When I think of coal mines I think of news of miners trapped underground for days but I've nver heard of an accident here. Maybe they mine in a different way. I must research this someday. By the time we got back to the highway I could tell John had missed his bus. He was checking his watch every few minutes so I gave in and took him home. The TV and remote was in the same place we left it.