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Free the Worm

Note to self: Write more notes to self. This way you won’t be scrambling everyday to put something together for this infernal writing challenge. It’s Day 11 and today’s prompt is Road Trip.


interstate 40 arizona mesas

The billboard said, “You drove this far, you may as well see the Grand Canyon.” Or something like that.

We kept driving in silence, the exit to the world’s biggest hole in the ground fading in the distance. Not fading was the tension and bitterness between 4 friends who had just driven almost 5000 km to the American Southwest and were now blowing off the Grand Canyon because someone didn’t mention that they had to get back to work in 2 days, effectively cutting our road trip short.

Thanks alot, Dave.

So, instead of driving to the Grand Canyon, we made a compromise. Meteor Crater. It’s in Arizona too, and it’s also a hole in the ground, right? Well that’s true, but it doesn’t compare to the Grand Canyon.

At least that’s only what I’ve heard since I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon.

No thanks to Dave.

It was just as well. We were all starting to get sick of each other anyway. What’s it been? 9 days, 4 friends, 1 car, no air conditioning? Maybe it was time to get back home.

Now we were passing that billboard and it was mocking us.

“You drove this far”, or something to that effect.

The only souvenir from the trip was a lollipop from that roadside variety store just outside the crater. A Tequila Lollipop actually. With the worm still inside. Now it was stuck to the hot dashboard and starting to melt. The worm’s head (Or its ass. You just can’t tell with these things…) was beginning to poke through.

Only 1300 kilometres til Memphis. The worm should be free by then.

I felt a headache coming on.tequila lollipop

Now go see what the others wrote.

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  • But you’re not bitter. Damn you Dave!

  • I loved this entry, Mike, the tone of it is just brilliant. I’m feeling very frustrated with Dave right now, and I feel a sympathy headache coming on. 😉

  • You should have booted him out and headed for the canyon.

  • What a shame! Everyone should have shared their schedules up front, but then hindsight is 20/20. I’d have been a bit disgruntled, too.

  • You went to Arizona with NO AIR CONDITIONING????? Although we’ve spent a lot of time on the Navajo Rez, I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon either. People say it’s pretty cool. But Arizona is too hot for me.

  • Damn you, Dave is right. I grew up in Arizona and even I go back every once in a while to look at the Grand Canyon. The sheer majesty of it can’t be replicated in pictures. (have you been there before or after, MIke?) Meteor Crater is nothing in the way of a comparison. Yeah…big rock made big hole..we get it.

  • Mike, I loved this. We’ve all been on one, and after a long time, we become a little cranky. Thanks Dave. Indigo

  • Bitter? Me? Never.

  • I was about to agree with you when I remembered that it was his car. I had seriously forgotten about that tiny detail until now.

  • Thanks, Z. Have some tequila. It should help 😉

  • Yep, and to the point where I don’t think we spoke to each other for over a month once we got back.

  • The whole trip was pretty loosely planned, and hey, you can’t really expect a group of 20 something guys to be organized.

  • I’d still love to go one day. Just the scenery from the highway was incredible. It was a little “warm” to say the least.

  • I still haven’t been but I’d like to go back someday. I really loved the region, and yeah, Meteor Crater? Big hole.

  • What’s this km stuff? Once you get into the states, it’s miles. MILES! I’d like to see the Grand Canyon one day, too.

  • Oh hell. This has got to be the saddest road trip story I’ve ever read. Thanks a lot Dave. Next time, leave Dave at home and head to the biggest hole in the earth. You’ll be glad you did. (See what you missed? Yes, I chose the one with birds quite deliberately.)

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    You continue to amaze me with your writing, CheesyMike. Despite the pressure and your grumbling, you’re producing some of your best work ever. This was great.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    I work for the National Park Service, and even I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon. I was very near it recently, tho.

  • I agree with Mike,though it kills me to admit that I agree with Mike about anything. I could feel the heat, smell the body odor and wanted to bitch-slap the hell out of Dave.

  • KZ

    This is a great piece of writing, Mike. Even I am starting to get a little peeved with Dave.

  • The worm should be free by then… BRILLIANT!

    My son’s co-worker came back from a vacation with a lollipop that had a scorpion in it. My son was disappointed that the guy would not let him eat it…. it is still sitting as a decoration on the co-worker’s desk. So for his xmas stocking, I ordered one. And he ate it!

  • I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, either. And that Tequila Lollipop with the worm still inside is totally freaking me out.


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