Day 1, Addendum...

We found our way to Starbucks; the familiarity (& the caffeine) of the quad grande Americano with room helped orient me to travel & explore mode. Sat for about 40 minutes enjoying the fruit of the Java bean, & then got onto 'Main St." & decided to take it wherever it went. Ate at the Cracker Barrell. Shopped for the bare necessities (called Breakfast & 2nd breakfast) at Walmart, as we're doing all our own food while we're here. Apart from the occasional eat out, its link sausages & whipped cream for me, & Yoplait with toast & eggs for the Bean.

Another note: we didn't really leave Main Street, so what we saw was all along this route, not to the right or the left...

What stood out to me:

  • In 1 two block stretch, there were 10 churches of various denominations, all with butt-kicking steeples. it is a snapshot of the sheer number of churches, church buildings in this area. I've been to Springfield, MO, home of the Church o'the Nazarene & the A.O.G., but this blew me away, esp. for a city the size of Christiansburg.
  • Also noticed quite a few "Psychic Visions" parlors - not as many as there are churches, but enough to notice.
  • Blacksburg (home of the Virginia Tech campus) is to Christiansburg what Sparks is to Reno.
  • There are at least 5 college campuses within 5 miles.
  • Cracker Barrel would fly in Reno.
  • Ran into Larry the Cable Guy about 300 times. And his brothers. Chilled with them on the porch at the CB.
  • Walmart is Walmart is Walmart. And today, that was a good thing.
  • Virginia Tech has a very cool campus - & it seems that Blacksburg is built around it...


    I'm including a few pictures of our 'crib' as well as one of me & the Bean, also at the Cracker Barrell. We're off for a walk, & hopefully some interaction with others on campus. One of our prayers is that we can make a couple of friends that are at this place this week.










  • 4 launchings into the blogosphere....:

    Erica said...

    great looking apartment! Tell Joni, good job on the pictures

    Destro Jones said...

    Nice shirt.

    scoey-d said...

    Erica - yes. Yes she did a good job.

    Destro - thanks. The Bean thought I should roll up my snazzy Dunder-Mifflin shirt so that I could be like the other good ol' boys sittin' on the porch... Glad you noticed.

    Jeni said...

    1) I was also going to comment on the shirt. Nice.

    2) I agree that the decorating is quite nice-- I am particularly fond of the red pillows on the bed.

    3) Cracker Barrell would TOTALLY fly in Reno. Then again, it might seem less special if it was so easily accessible.