david schrott is everywhere

i visited raper country and i feel fine (1)

Posted in Uncategorized by thebreakfastdictator on 08/15/2010

ninety-five is clogged around the broad street exit. it’s like this every day. seventy-six, well, it’s its same old self. take oregon to penrose. angle south, toward the airport. find george platt. traffic avoided.

it’s a long drive from here to iowa but the interstate pleads for the pleasure of german engineering. pound the silky black asphault. 70, 75, 80, 85. now rain. 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 35. a crawl. two hours to pittsburgh, now four. forget that. somerset is over forty miles away. that’s over an hour drive.

$59.94 gets one a hotel off exit 110, less than 30 miles from five years of childhood memories. we left in ’85; work was impossible to find in the rust belt. the grass was greener outside of steeler country and it had nothing to do with the philadelphia team’s colors.

the beds were packed neatly but there was no soap. the drain in the shower was in the middle of the tub floor rather than under the drain. such a strange place this is. all roadside hotels are. who’s slept here before? maybe someone famous. maybe a kleptomaniac like myself, stealing toilet paper along interstate 70.


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