Surreal visions of Waco
Week two of four weeks on the road:
Up at 3:30 AM. LAX to DFW. Two hour delay in DFW. Grrrrr……. DFW to HOU. Van rental, load materials and drive to Waco, partially on small, isolated roads in the middle of nowhere in pitch black night.
I kept thinking that Leatherface was going to leap out in front of the van and chainsaw my photo happy ass into pieces!!
On set before 7:00 AM, the sun hadn’t even risen yet. Sad to say, I really didn’t get to see much of Waco.
I really do love Texas though, the people are so sweet and have such a great sense of humor as well. I asked one fella what Waco is known for. “Baylor. The Dr. Pepper Museum.” Okay, I think. I ask him, what do you call someone from Waco? “Wacko!” he says. “We have plenty of those!”
We worked from before seven a.m. until almost nine p.m. Following our wrap and breakdown, I had to drive 185 miles back to Houston. Crazy freaking schedule. But first, of course, I had to sample the local cuisine. Enter Rudy’s:
The beautiful aroma of an oak fire led me right to the front door of Rudy’s. Rudy’s is a very traditional Texas barbeque place, meaning that there is tons of great meat and sides and no plates! They serve your food on wax paper with some slices of white bread and you just plop it on the table and get to work!!! I had some outrageous pork loin and the best goddamned creamed corn I’ve ever had, among other items. The locals were jazzed about the Rangers in the World Series, a great source of pride as Texas major league teams have never really done well.
Driving back to Houston became a surreal experience. I was so tired the white line of the highway seemed to be floating out in front of me. But with the help of some butt kickin’ country music stations I arrived at my destination safe and sound. So long Waco! Until we meet again.
Next stop: San Antonio, Texas!