The rest of the weekend is for downtime, taking in the sites and local color.
Around each zigzagging turn, he scampers across his truck bed like Bambi on ice, as we whirl up Highway 62 into the Ozark Mountains.
In 2008, when the deeply red, one-horse town of Silverton, Ore., elected the nation’s first openly transgender mayor, one could practically hear Fred Phelps and the ACLU gasping simultaneously in surprise.
But that election wouldn’t have shocked anyone in Eureka, where they know how non-partisan and personal small-town politics can be.
At Eureka Live, the drag show has drawn a capacity crowd (who knew there were so many variations on the spiked pixie cut? I meet a 26-year-old woman with her two lesbian moms, who met each other in the military.
There are some methy-looking youngsters slumped around the pool table, a lot of smokers, some big Southern hair, people in hunting fatigues, and coeds from the nearby University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.“I was married 15 years. One of my daughters is here tonight,” the drag queen tells the audience.