Monday I recapped the trip to and from Georgia. Overall, the visit went well on an interpersonal level. I'm very thankful for this since past visits have been, shall we say, less than pleasant. There was a rather odd mystery with a weird resolution though.
Grandma has a pool with a little lake nearby so we spent a good bit of time swimming. Upon returning to the house, Mr. Lime put the wet towels in the dryer. The next day we took them out and we noticed a very funky smell when we dried off with them. We all thought maybe they hadn't been dried fully. We washed them and dried them properly next time but noticed the whole laundry room smelled a bit funky.
The following day the laundry room was downright rank. Mr. Lime pulled out the machines to check under them and found nothing. Grandma thought it was the septic backing up since no obvious source of the stench could be found. I declared it the smell of ripe roadkill, not septic fumes. Then I noticed that if the dryer was running there was no smell. Mr. Lime pulled out the dryer again and disconnected the big vent pipe. Upon the most cursory glance a tail was found to be dangling from the back of the dryer. Rubber gloves and a bucket were fetched. After a moment, one very smelly and decomposing flying squirrel was extracted from the back of the dryer. Mr. Lime was lauded as a hero and after a bit of bleaching and replacement of fresh vent pipes the malodorous ordeal was over. I am glad for Grandma's sake that it happened while we were there so it could be taken care of easily for her. May I just say, I don't think flying squirrel scented dryer sheets will ever be a big seller.....just in case anyone ever has that idea.
As you know, it was a 15 hour trip down and a 15 hour trip back. I shared some of the things we did for amusement during said trek. Maybe I like Dave Barry too much but coming up with weird names for rock bands amuses me. Road signs, billboards, and other sights became a good source for this. And since AndyT is looking for rock band name suggestions I tossed a few out. Here they are plus some more.
Slow Children Playing (C'mon, this is good. I laugh ever time I see these signs...think about it.)
Crazy Steve and the Fireworks (Get real crazy and think Flaming Lips. Look Ma! No hands!)
Flagman and the Orange Vests
Live Nude Girls (Hey, if Bare Naked Ladies can make it, so can this group)
99 cent Whoppers
Hummer and the Wee Peepees
Fresh Bait and the Hookers
Screaming Hellion and the Bird Flippers (Saw a lot of these, it made me think of 10,000 Maniacs)
Hot Tar Sniffers
Hog and the Speedtraps
Elephant Butt (Yes, I am juvenile. This still makes me crack up days later.)
Ok, folks.....you're up. Give me a good road trip name for a rock band.