So I went back to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving with some family and friends this past week.

It's the FIRST time I've made the drive to and from Colorado since I moved to Texas over 8 years ago.

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Sure, a lot of that had to do with the fact that I was based in Austin and it was a ridiculously long drive. From here though, we're talking a touch over 6 hours. Not too bad.

My wife had already made the drive once from Amarillo to Denver, and she mentioned there was a section of road that was pretty bumpy. I just thought to myself it was probably just some bad patchwork right?

Now the stretch I'm talking about is if you are cruising along on US-287. It's predominantly a one lane highway, no true scenery around and you drive through a lot of small towns. Very easy drive I'll say.

As we were on our way out to Colorado, we we're coming up on that stretch of road and she had mentioned it. I began to think to myself, come on it can't be THAT bad right?

Then boom, we hit it. Imagine yourself cruising over what feels like 400 speed bumps in the course of a mile or two going between 70-75 miles per hour. No joke, that's EXACTLY what it felt like. I don't care how good the shocks are on your car, you're going to feel it. It was truly one of the most uncomfortable stretches of road I've ever driven.

That got me to thinking. For how much of a headache all the road construction can be here in Amarillo, imagine what life would be like if it WASN'T happening.

Road work is done for a myriad of reasons, and sometimes it's just basic routine maintenance. However, it's the routine maintenance that keeps the road from feeling like speed bump galore. Without the road work they're doing, we'd all be replacing shocks on our vehicles every 6 months.

Having been through that, I can tell you I'll never complain about the road construction again. I value my vehicle...and sanity. I don't want to be hitting potholes and speed bumps all over town as I try to get to the grocery store.

Google Answers the Top 10 Questions About Amarillo

I love Google. It can literally answer ANYTHING you need it to answer. Whether it's right or wrong is a totally different question.

Recently, I found myself wondering about something and went to Google. And that's when I started noticing the "people also asked..." section and BOY...Some of them made perfect sense, some of them were interesting, and one of them was downright baffling...and it was a top 10 question which is even more absurd.

So let's see what we've got. Here's the top 10 questions as asked to Google about Amarillo.

Say You're From Amarillo Without Saying You're From Amarillo

Amarillo is a pretty quirky place. We've got the Big Texan, the weird signs, and (obviously) the famed Cadillac Ranch. But more than that, there's a distinct culture of close-knit community, eccentrics, a thriving arts scene, and much more.

The point is, living in Amarillo is a unique experience. Because of that, it's really pretty easy to tell who's a native or a long-time resident. And I can prove it.

Here's a couple of ways you can say you're from Amarillo.....without saying you're from Amarillo.