2009, Pam and I were on our way to the Spring National bridge
tournament in Houston, Texas. At some point between Dallas and
Houston, we began seeing signs for something called Buc-ee's.
The signs were weird and
obscure and started at least 150 miles away from the actual
location. Naturally, my curiosity began to grow as I had two
hours to imagine all the wonderful things that could be found
at a Buc-ee's. Eventually, we reached Madisonville, Texas and
the sign that said Turn Here for BUC-EE's!
Unfortunately, Pam was driving and she thought (not
unreasonably) that stopping would make us late getting into
disappointed and over the next few days I began to tease Pam
by describing things I would normally like as, “Well, that was
nice but I'm sure it's no Buckys.” Obviously, my
attitude was adding nothing to the trip so fate intervened and
about a week later we saw signs for another Buc-ee's in
Freeport, Texas. We immediately drove in and discovered
that Buc-ee's is a (slightly better than average) gas station
and convenience store.
was at least as disappointed as I had been when we initially
drove by the first Buc-ee's. Pam was amused though and
began teasing me by describing things she would normally
dislike as, “Well, that was okay but at least it was no
Eventually, a Buckys became our code for a quirky place that you can look forward to arriving at but in actuality is probably going to be a bit disappointing. Essentially, a Buckys is all about harnassing the pleasure of anticipation and imagination to make a long drive more enjoyable. So, in 2010 when Pam and I were planning our two month California bridge road trip, I ended up creating a list of 80 different Buckys that one or the other of us could look forward to visiting. For some reason, I made it a rule that I had to take at least one picture at each Buckys we decided to stop at. Those pictures (and a habit that I picked up on the trip called the bridge Hand of the Day) became the nucleus for this website.
So, if any
of this sounds interesting to you then take a look at the
recent Buckys and Bridge trips that Pam and I have taken to California, Montana, Florida, Alberta, Québec, Arizona and (in June
2015) British Columbia. In addition, I have also
attached some photos and bridge hands from such places as Detroit, Las Vegas, Houston, Penticton, Seattle and (in May
2014) Calgary and (in July 2014) Las Vegas. None of
these were Buckys trips but it seemed appropriate to include
them on this website.