Thoughts From The Road

Jim Burroway

June 24th, 2013

I have an inexcusably selfish reason to be relieved that the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t issue any of its marriage rulings today: I’m driving back to Tucson from Southern California after attending last week’s historic last-ever Exodus Freedom Conference. And if the Supreme Court had issued its rulings, my only chance to post something would have been during this stop at Mexicali, or perhaps a little further down the road at Yuma.

It’s been a very intense, busy four days at Exodus. I took yesterday off, hanging around Laguna Beach in the morning, stopped in at a Sunday beer bust in San Diego for a few hours of mingling with my tribe, and watched the sun set at Mission Beach.

Blogging from me will be light this week. I have a lot I want to say about Exodus, and even more I want to think about. But soon as I get back to work tomorrow, I anticipate a tidal wave of Very Urgent Crises (VUCs, in the trade) requiring my attention. So so in actually trying to think as little as possible now.

Right. Don’t be cute.

There is one thing that weighs heavily on my mind though. When I’m on a road trip, all of my healthy eating habits go right out the window. A key, enjoyable component of a perfect road trip is indulging in every awful greasy dinner and manufactured junk food product that I would never touch at home. Hostess Ho Hos were meant to be enjoyed from the front seat of a car, but they won’t be back for another three weeks. Life is so hard.

20130624-122758.jpgUpdate: The cool thing about driving alongside the Mexican border that the 7-11s here carry alternatives imported from south of the line.


June 24th, 2013

Mmmm . . . you reminded me of my love for In-N-Out Burger — one treat from the West coast I so very much miss. I very much look forward to your thoughts about Exodus. I hope you add to those thoughts musings about the Restored Hope Network as well.

Ben In Oakland

June 24th, 2013

Ego te absolvo, Jim. I’m one of the healthiest health people I know. Yet every once in a while, back when I had my business, if I had a job in the early morning, I would entitle myself to a Sausage mcMuffin.

David in Tucson

June 24th, 2013

Road food: Cheetos, the crunchy kind (not the puffy kind), and Diet Coke.


June 24th, 2013

I usually prefer to starve when I’m on the road so I can’t recommend anything better. I once got hunger pangs while driving Interstate 35 from Oklahoma City to Kansas City and when that happened, I was in the middle of the toll portion of that stretch. All that was available for Hardie’s Restaurant. WELL! That chain was owned by Carl Karcher. I think I lost a couple of pounds on that stretch of road. Wouldn’t buy a burger from that monster for any price.


June 24th, 2013

Funyuns and beef jerky here. You can take the boy out of South Georgia, but at least on road trips I go right back to my roots.

Only thing I miss about the south is boiled peanuts.


June 24th, 2013

Doritos Mrs Smith’s Boysenberry Pie and Cokes got me through many a drive. Ah the memories. And I can’t forget the beef jerky.
I’m Looking forward to hearing more Jim. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed.


June 24th, 2013

I always buy a bag of Bugles.


June 24th, 2013

get home safe! we need you Jim


June 24th, 2013

In-N-Out burger is even more right-wing Evangelical Christian than Chick-fil-A.

My husband used to work for the company that printed all of In-N-Out’s t-shirts. The rep would actually have an inspection to ensure that the printer didn’t violate the Sabbath and that “immoral” behavior wasn’t being permitted. Employees had to follow a certain dress code, especially women when the rep would be making his (it was always a man) visit.

And, honestly, I tried the food once, what the hell people get so revved up about I’ll never know.


June 24th, 2013


I really didn’t know all that — only ate the burgers. Consider me informed.

Lindoro Almaviva

June 25th, 2013

I second beef jerky. Love it on long trips!

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