Where in the hell am I?

Stories from the road, and home, by a contract archaeologist.

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Location: Texas, United States

I work out of town a lot as a contract archaeologist. Sometimes it's interesting. It can be quite funny, although probably only to other archys. Home is Austin, with my wife and our cute kitty and all of our crazy friends.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I was right

So we found absolutely nothing on the survey. It wasn't all flat, but there was nothing there. No alibates, no Antelope Creek, not a single artifact. Before we got here, there was a concern that we might not finish in two 10-hour days. I think we might have finished it in 12 hours total, plus some drive time.
Unfortunately, there is nothing in Shamrock. We drove through the town and the only thing was a 1 room museum, which we skipped. If we had finished a little earlier, we could have gone to the Alibates National Monument.
So I spent most of the afternoon today playing Neverwinter Nights and Text Twist while Tina napped and then worked out. I know, I should've worked on my thesis...
Went to dinner at Mitchell's Family Restaurant, which is next door to the hotel. Every time we went outside, we could smell the delicious frying grease. Upon entering, I was struck by the fact that they had a smoking section and a non-smoking section, with the only divider being the meager salad bar. I've gotten totally used to no smoking allowed inside restaurants, that I forget that not every place is like that. Most of the people were on that side, and smoking, which was pretty gross. I think I smelled worse leaving the restaurant than I used to leaving Beerland. The food was good enough; the chicken fried steak was a little tough but it was definitely homemade, and they had some homemade salads on the salad bar in addition to the iceberg lettuce and shredded carrots. If you're driving on I-40 or US 83 and happen to pass through Shamrock, and you can stand the smoke, and you're not a vegetarian or a total health food nut, then give Mitchells a try.
One of these days, maybe we'll actually find a site in survey!


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