OK, so I fly down to San Antonio on Monday, do a few days of meetings, and drive a rig back to NM. I'm travelling up I-10 to Fort Stockton then shooting up to the Santa Fe area via Carlsbad and Roswell.
As soon as I leave the greater San Antone area, the FM radio reception goes to crap. I figure I'm close enough to Mexico that the stations there are bleeding into the ones on this side of the Rio. Then, around Sonora, an FM station comes in clear as a bell... "The Point" from Tampa Bay. I mess with the dial a bit and I'm picking up a bunch of stations from the Tampa/St. Pete area, all very clearly. So. I jam to a Tampa station for about 45 minutes and then it fades out. But quickly thereafter, I pick up some Atlanta stations and I as I travel further North, I get Johnson City, TN and some Carolina stations. By the time I get to Fort Stockton, these are all gone.
Now, what is it about that stretch of I-10 that allows this to happen? At first, I thought it had to do with no obstructions over the Gulf, but if that were it, wouldn't I pick up these stations along the Gulf Coast where I never have? Then what about the Carolinas? That has to pass over the Southern Appalachians. There's obviously some wierd Bermuda Triangle thing going on here.
The whole thing has me freaked out a bit.
And one other thing... why do hotels close the drain in the tub? There's nothing I hate more than starting the shower and having to reach down through dirty, soapy water to open the drain.