Friday, May 8, 2009

Bliss, Idaho


“You want fries that? Or tots?”
It’s not a question I get a lot of, but this is Idaho after all. And for the first time since the fourth grade, I had Tater Tots with my lunch.

I stay off the interstate, winding through small towns. New Meadow. Brunneau. Hammett. Buhl. Bliss. Two hundred miles before noon.

I pull over to photograph the Koffee Kup Motel, seemingly closed and abandoned since the Nixon years. A young girl of seven or so materializes out of the weeds and tells me about her day. I look around nervously. Middle aged stranger. City fella’ from the look of him. With a camera. Out of state plates on that fancy pants ess-you-vee. Chatting up that poor little girl.

This couldn’t look more suspicious if I put on clown clothes and start handing out candy.

Sure enough, dad emerges from the old motel. He wants to chat. About cameras, fortunately, though my choice of a plastic Holga toy doesn’t inspire confidence. Soon enough, he scoops up the girl and carries her back inside. He stares out the window until I drive away.

These are strange days to be a traveler.

7 comments:

cabe said...

It's a sad truth about society that you felt nervous about your encounter. "Just being friendly" doesn't count for much these days.

Loving the blog, enjoy your road trip Paul.

Expecting.Rain said...

Very funny. I love tots. I ate some two days ago!

Manuel said...

I just love reading your post... it's as if I was there myself...

Pat Morrissey said...

Chilling, huh? When did we suddenly become the bad guys? I've started using a point and shoot as a carry around simply because you can stick it in your pocket at short notice before the weirdos bite.

Randy and Gina Harris said...

Love how the "Cafe" is missing the "e". Reminds me of town towns.

Ryan said...

Welcome to Idaho...or better, Bliss.

I used to live in Twin Falls Idaho...:) Good times.

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