Clean shaven

Monday I will be delivering a load to a chemical plant that requires drivers to be clean shaven. I asked another driver why they might have this rule. He said that it was necessary in the event of a plant emergency which would require gas masks. I considered refusing this load so I wouldn’t have to lose my facial hair but because it was a 1,000 mile trip to Texas I bit the bullet and shaved off my beard and mustache.

Real Magic

“I’m writing a book on magic,” I explain, and I’m asked, “Real magic?” By real magic people mean miracles, thaumaturgical acts, and supernatural powers. “No,” I answer: “Conjuring tricks, Not real magic.”

Real magic, in other words refers to the magic that is not real, while the magic that is real, that can actually be done, is not real magic.

From Net of Magic by Lee Siegel

[Posted from Dallas, Texas]

Stalk Me

Instamapper has created an application for the iPhone which allows others to see my location on Google Maps. It does not update my location until I manually tell it to, but the map shows you how old the information is. If you see me stay in one spot for a long time, worry not. I probably just forgot or didn’t feel like updating my location. Also it usually puts the red dot on the nearest roadway, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I am driving down the road. I could be off the road in a parking lot. Additionally, as far as I can tell, the altitude, heading, and speed information are usually not correct.

You can also access the map by clicking on “Stalk Me” on the left side of this page or by just going to

David\'s Location

[Posted from Dallas, Texas]

Big Spring, Texas

Big Spring is about 560 km east of El Paso. After leaving Big Spring I saw hundreds of red lights blinking in unison on the horizon. It was still dark and I was too far away to see what they were. At first I thought they might be runway lights at an airport. As I got closer and the sun began to rise I could see that they were windmills. I’ve never seen so many windmills in one place in my life. I would have taken a picture but I seldom have much luck under such poor lighting conditions.