Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Come Again

I basically finished the weathervane today so I just have to get it ready for transport tomorrow. Just a few things left to do so I don't have to be present when the vane is actually set and then I can use Thursday to get ready for the trip. One of the last things is to add a new ball bearing to the bottom of the main pole, so I stopped by an industrial supply on the way home today to purchase said piece. It took them a while to correctly size it but I believe I got something that will work. This business is just off the main highway I use but if you continue down the winding back road you dead-end into a old highway where the entrance to the main highway is. As I approached the old highway, where I had to turn right, I stopped to check for traffic and lo and behold but who do you guess was also stopped at the light, waiting to go in the same direction? Even though it's been over a year since I've really seen him, the timing between me and the Switchman is still dead on sometimes it seems. We waved and I pulled out, him behind me as we traced the same route to the main highway. We travel the same direction to our separate homes for several miles but I must exit first to go home. I wound my way through the neighborhoods until I got on the highway that leads to my house. It is the last leg of a sometimes tedious drive through farms and woods. Beautiful scenery but it often makes me sleepy, watching the rolling hills fly by. I felt myself falling into that hypnotic state when my phone rang. It scared the crap out of me to tell the truth. I jumped and the my heart jumped again when I saw the number displayed. I hate to say it sounded so nice to hear his voice again and we enjoyed a very animated conversation for several minutes. He sounded happy. I told him of my upcoming trip and yes, I told him that I was traveling with a man. He did not have anything to say about that but seemed genuinely happy for me to be able to go on such an adventure. He expressed the desire to do something similar.
Capt. Jack has actually done a pretty good job of taking his place amongst my thoughts but speaking to him again struck a nerve. I still miss his smiling face. But Capt. Jack and I are going to have a great time and I will bask in the attention that he so obviously enjoys showing me. I certainly enjoy his company too.

Thanks for all the suggestions of things to see in Texas and Arizona. We will definitely check them all out and see if we can get them in our route. If anyone knows of any other great places please let me know. We are planning on hitting San Antonio, Big Bend National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, Sedona, Flagstaff, maybe Taos, Winslow, the Grand Canyon but the trip home is still up for grabs. If we are passing near to your location and you want to meet a half-crazed female construction worker, just drop me a line and maybe we can do lunch, as they say.


Pablo said...

Palo Duro Canyon just south of Amarillo is worth a look too.

edifice rex said...

Hey Pablo! yeah, Old Furt recommended this place in the last post so we will for sure try to check it out.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Wishing you and Capt Jack a great trip, Annie. Grenville and I are taking a road trip too and leaving next weekend for Maine and autumn colors - our first time there. Like you, we really need a trip too :-) I was out of state in NJ last week helping my mom with household stuff and celebrating her birthday. Just catching up with everyone this week. Have FUN!

Sissy said...

In case upper northeast Tennessee is close, stop by. I'll have some tea brewing and a big fat slice of zucchini bread waiting for you.
I'll swap you a lily for a petrified rock! Two lilies?

Ed said...

A favorite of mine is the Painted Desert in either NE Arizona or NW New Mexico. I can't remember which but it is right off the main Interstate between Texas and Arizona. Once you get off onto the trails and away from the crowds, it is a beautiful place.

edifice rex said...

Hey Beatrice! thanks so much; hope you and Grenville have a great time also. I've never been as far north as Maine (very close tho) but maybe can go there one day.

Hey sissy! Thanks so much for the invite, unfortunately you are way in the wrong direction! lol! Maybe if we make a trip up the eastern coast.

Hey Ed! yes, Jack has already mentioned that he really wants me to see the Painted Desert so I'm sure we will fit that in at some point. thanks!

Beau said...

No ideas about where to go... other than I hope you get to some of the mountains too. I'm sure you'll just enjoy it all- safe journey!

HermitJim said...

Main thing is to just relax and enjoy the trip!

Hoping you log in some happy and serene miles with the Captain!

edifice rex said...

Hey Beau! thanks! I think we are definitely going to try to get up to some of the mountains.

Hey Jim! thanks man!