Chad Perrin: SOB

23 November 2008

23 Nov. 2008: Cedar City, UT (and Grand Junction, CO)

Filed under: Metalog — apotheon @ 10:50

Cedar City has three exits from (i.e., entrances to) the interstate. The south end of Main Street turns into an on-ramp for I-15 southbound.

The police here are really ticket-happy. We saw probably eight of their cars — they look like Dodge Chargers painted black and white — last night, and only one of them wasn’t sitting behind some civilian’s car parked by the side of a road with its lights flashing.

Ninja Japanese is not a fast food place, no matter how the name sounds. I was bummed. It’s a Japanese steakhouse and sushi, um, thing. Bar? Restaurant? Whatever. I saw an item on the menu posted in the front menu for more than $30 and figured we should go elsewhere.

We ate at China Town. It’s a sit-down restaurant with fast — but slightly neglectful — service provided by what looked like a couple of High School cheerleaders. If you order one of the dinners, don’t expect it to come with rice unless you specify rice as a side. Seriously. The food was pretty good, though.

The Econo Lodge is a decent hotel, from what I’ve seen, for a cheap price. We reserved a room for $62 online, and when we got here we saw signs advertising something like $35 for a room. That’s the single bed, single occupant rate, apparently — but we got our rate knocked down to $42, or something like that. Make sure you ask about this sort of thing when you arrive, if you reserve a room in advance online. You should be able to get a slight discount.

There’s a big, huge Mormon book store in town. In the hotel directory it looks like a really cool bookstore until you come across the list items of stuff they have like “LDS books”, at which point it starts looking like something that would probably actually refuse to sell stuff like game books, and probably wouldn’t have any good computer books to speak of.

Grand Junction, CO has a Barnes & Noble, but the selection kinda sucks. The entire set of “professional” computer books is just two shelving columns. They did, however, have the necessary K&R — exactly one copy. Oh, yeah, and the average attractiveness of people in Grand Junction seems to be significantly lower than in Fort Collins.

So far, I’m finding that there’s nowhere good to go for books along this trip between Fort Collins, CO and Las Vegas, NV.

Grand Junction gas prices are good. So are Cedar City prices. The rest of the gas prices we saw were much higher (fifty cents or so, in many cases). We’ll be getting $1.71 per gallon gas to top off our tank before leaving town today, unless the price changed last night.

I expect gas will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 in CA, so I’ll try to enjoy this while it lasts.

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