Notes on “Choice”:
The rest area sequence is based on a true story that happened November 2004 at a New Jersey travel center for a bathroom break and a meal. Leaving Willow in her crate in the car, we took Pigwidgeon inside, his carry box wrapped in his flannel cage cover. I went to the rest room and came back to find James with a big grin on his face. "I never thought having a bird with me would make me such a babe magnet." Apparently at least three attractive women had passed by to coo over Pidgie.
The "craft people" Kaye mentions are real, have come to the Stone Mountain Yellow Daisy Festival annually, and they did retire this year: Country Pick'ns, the Messengers, from Kansas. Like Kaye, I couldn't think of another theme for our house (in retrospect I should have done an Easter-themed one), so I actually did collect the items to make a shadowbox to go with this story.
The first time someone mentioned the Kardashians on a news program I couldn't figure out why they were talking about Cardassians from Star Trek: Deep Space 9.
My dad had a Kaiser back in the 1950s, but not sure which model it was, and he's no longer here to ask. But look up a Metropolitan and see if it indeed doesn't look cool.
The Sidewinder is loosely based on Texas Roadhouse (sans peanuts).
As I mentioned in a previous liner note, we have a trucker friend with a tuxedo cat named Skunk. I thought it was a cool cat name, so I borrowed it for Donny's cat.
"Scotty": Scott Alan Gibson, the kidnapped boy from "Inn."
The closing line was also prompted by an old Facebook post: "I asked James, 'Have you been drinking?' to make sure he stays hydrated. He said yes, and Snowy announced, 'Good boy!'"