Life in the Comfort Inn was convenient. Mama’s Kitchen was located in an Exxon Station a hundred feet from my door - hamburgers, fried chicken, breakfast burritos and breakfast muffins, and in the lobby of the motel were Danish pastries and coffee. Except for beer runs I could hole up with MSNBC and HBO all week, which is pretty much what I did. It was Thursday, September 22nd before I found the listing on Craig’s List, a room available in a house a few miles north of Bastrop city limits for $500 a month. I called the number and got directions from a guy named Tim, grabbed my check book and jumped in the car to check the place out. I got lost half a mile from the address and after another call found my way to the house.
We sat down and talked for nearly an hour before we decided to try each other on for size. He wanted $825 for the first month’s rent, a deposit and the last week of September. I pulled out my checkbook but he raised his hand and said he dealt only in cash. A short trip to the First National Bank of Bastrop solved that problem and so I returned to the Comfort Inn receipt in hand with plans to move in on Sunday.
HBO had the same movies playing every day but I did get to watch some great college football - time expired in Saturday night's LSU-Auburn game. LSU took a last-second snap, the quarterback rolled out and threw a short pass to a receiver in the right corner of the end zone. It was a brilliant catch that appeared to give LSU a 19-18 victory.
But it didn't work out that way, The officials had screwed up a penalty call and the snap was late, so either way LSU lost the game.
Sunday morning I moved into my new room and after a quick trip to Walmart to buy a couple of air mattresses and pillows and a folding chair. I was in business. The room came with an old tube TV that neither Tim or I could figure out how to hook up to get a signal, but at least I had internet access through a relatively stable wireless connection. I now had an established base of operations in Bastrop.
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