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10/03/2017 9:20 am  #501


Re: The Random Thoughts Thread

Thanks Goose.  Already ran into the first wrinkle.

The difference between now and this time last year is that I was only annoyed for about half an hour instead of being angry for six months. 


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10/07/2017 8:20 pm  #502


Re: The Random Thoughts Thread

10/07/2017

 The mood is great.

 I'm in a very good head-space but I am freaking BEAT. It's that satisfied kind of tired. The kind of tired that has me coming up with half a dozen different explanations of tired so I'll shut up now.

 I'm on the road.

 Finally.

 While turning all of this over in my mind for the past week I've discovered something. I was going out of my way to avoid doing this. It was always something that seemed like a good reason, my door locks needed to be changed, the shower is being replaced, I haven't gotten the printer yet....

 It just kept going on and on.

 This is one of those things I become aware of doing long after the fact. After I've had a great deal of time to think about it. I didn't want the leave the safety and comfort of my environment. This is the big issue and this is what I am trying to learn.

 I'm trying to learn journey, not destination.

 I've always had to be somewhere by some time. I was running flat out since age 17, never took any kind of break. Went from career to college to a second career with no breaks in between. It was a full time life.

 And it was a draining life.

 It's sometimes difficult to remind myself that I don't have to do it anymore. There's no need to go faster because my destination will still be there no matter when I show up.

 So I was experiencing a very high level of agitation and I was having a hell of a time trying to pin down the source. What I can't quite figure out is the why of it. I mean, I was well aware that I didn't need to be anywhere by any time so why was I so wound up?

 And it dawned on me in the middle of the night last night. I was stressed out over my relaxing road-trip because running flat-out is all I've ever known. I sincerely doubt I'll be changing a deeply rooted pattern over night but now that I know I'll be more likely to notice the increasing stress level early and address it.

 Truly, the only thing stopping me was me.

 The first part my my trip was to Cumberland Maryland. It's a small town with a great deal of gentrification going on. There was a construction project next to the hotel I stayed in. It was an old dye works. The sign advertised luxury lofts.

 I just want to ask: Would anyone rent or buy a luxury loft with an interstate highway fifty yards away with no kind of sound barrier? I would go with hell-no on that one.

 Cumberland Maryland has the Cumberland Trail.

 The trail used to be a canal. It was used to move cargo from in-land to the Chesapeake Bay to be loaded onto ships. The waterway itself, at least in that part of the state, was filled in. It's now a hiking-biking path.

 The cool part is the mule trails.

 The mules were kept aboard the barge when it was going down stream. On the way up, they'd haul the barge using ropes and mules along a specially-built trail. The mule-trail behind the hotel was an actual board walkway that ran from the hotel about half a mile to an iron-arch bridge.

 The other direction headed toward town but was too far for me to walk

 I had several interesting chats with people at the breakfast bar and in the lobby. There were two elderly couples who were from New York. They'd been stopping at hotels all along the Cumberland Trail. They'd stay a few days, mostly riding, then move on to the next hotel.

 It sounded a great deal like a version of what I'm trying to do only they were actually relaxed.

 I only got to spend a short time with my friend Annette but it was so good to see a familiar face from so long ago. This is sort of a nostalgia tour too, I guess.

 I stayed an extra day in Cumberland because I still wasn't properly rested. I'd slept poorly before the trip began and again the first night. I slept like a brick last night so I had a good day.

 I wanted to make my friend Terry's house by Friday so he wouldn't have to take off work to spend time with me. I stumbled into what is possibly the coolest weekend EVER!

 Today, we started off with a 100 mile tour of the covered bridges in rural Ohio. I'm only fifteen miles from downtown Cincinnati. I wasn't expecting to find something like this so close to the city but a lot of the bridges were in county or state parks so they weren't in danger of falling to a developer's axe.

 This trip was a fund-raiser for breast cancer. One-hundred percent of what was paid in was donated. There were a total of one-hundred eighteen Jeeps of all shapes and sizes. I got a lot of really great pictures from this trip.

 I thought I'd post them separately with their own captions so things don't get confusing.

 Terry has a Jeep that has removable hard tops in the front and one large removable hard top on the back part. It's a four-door. Fully loaded. Brand new.

 Now, I thought Jeep culture people were all people who go looking for mud to drive around in. Or ice. Or snow. Or anything lumpy, squishy, and slippery. Was I wrong about that?

 Terry was steering all over the road trying to AVOID running through small puddles of dirty water. I'm not being disrecpectful to my host or anything but that behavior was surprising. Are there others like this or is he just the prissy-est Jeep owner ever?

 I got to stand up through the roof to get some of the bridge pictures and I did video for a really narrow one. Those will be posted on Facebook. Please feel free to send a friend request to Benjamin Weikert.

 Anyway, I did more walking today than I've done in the entire past year. That's including work.

 I feel a lot better than I was expecting to. I nearly chickened out of the trip and a raft of excuses came to mind but I was ready for it this time so I grabbed my bag and some Diet Dew's and effing went.

 And this is what I need to learn now.

 How to let things go.

 Thanks for listening


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10/07/2017 8:45 pm  #503


Re: The Random Thoughts Thread

CT,

Sounds wonderful.   It has been nearly a decade since I've been through Cumberland or in the Cincinnati suburbs (Monroe--I think).  Some beautiful country

I always find the people more courteous and the drivers less aggressive the farther west one gets from the  I-95 corridor.   Seems like the "laid back" switch is pulled around the Eastern Continental Divide.

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10/08/2017 7:54 am  #504


Re: The Random Thoughts Thread

Tarnation wrote:

I always find the people more courteous and the drivers less aggressive the farther west one gets from the  I-95 corridor.   Seems like the "laid back" switch is pulled around the Eastern Continental Divide.

Hey, you can get drivers from New Jersey or the midwest to wave at you.
But, in the Midwest they use more than one finger.  
 


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10/08/2017 7:00 pm  #505


Re: The Random Thoughts Thread

This post is from earlier today:

10/08/2017

 The mood is great.

 I'm currently sitting in a parking lot next to a gigantic flea-market. My friend Terry Prand is racing today. It's the sort of event people organize for people who drive those modified street vehicles like GTI's or Nissan 370's...those kind of vehicles.



 Terry is driving an Audi Quattro.

 The ride here was both exhilarating and terrifying. Terry drives in much the same way I would have but since I don't know the roads and this is hill country, it was....very exciting!

 I'm sitting at the last corner when the cars will accelerate for the finish line. The course is a timed course with only one car on the track at a time. Terry's going first. I just wanted to put this up while I have a chance.

 I just transferred 306 pictures from my phone to my laptop. It's amazing how many snapshots you can rack-up when there's no longer a limit of 35 frames. Snap, snap, click, click.

 So, I'll be sorting pictures over the next few days. I'm going to post them organized by subject matter with a caption so there's context.

 Terry's about to take off, need to get some pics.

 Thanks for listening 


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10/08/2017 7:03 pm  #506


Re: The Random Thoughts Thread

And the follow-up post:

10/08/2017

 The mood is good.

 I'm very tired and footsore and backsore but I haven't lived this much in years. I've done more walking than I've done in an entire year, work included.

 So I'm still trying to learn my new phone and laptop...and failing.

 I managed to transfer the pictures from the Jeep outing to the laptop from my phone but I think I deleted the racing photos when I was clearing the Jeep photos off my phone. It's giving me a headache so I'm going to LET IT GO.

 See? At least I learned something.

 The racing day was cool but tiring.

 It began to rain in the latter part of the day. It was after Terry raced but before he finished working the event. There is a ridiculously huge flea market next to the place were they were racing. I'd only gotten past the first three stands before I had to take stuff back to the car.

 And I had to buy another bag to carry still more stuff

 A lot of it was crap but there were quite a few treasures. Also I got to talk to the most fascinating, elderly Asian woman named, oddly enough, Daisy. Her speech was only lightly accented, like she had one parent out of two who spoke a foreign language.



 She had a vast collection of things but I just bought a few bags. I have a weakness for containers for some reason. Boxes, bags, chests...the more pockets or drawers or hiding spaces the better. Daisy pointed me toward the part of the market that had the ersatz food court.



 The market consisted of a number of those very long buildings of the type that livestock are kept in. There were hundreds of vendors and there were still dozens and dozens of stalls available.

 I bought a nice wooden box with some very fine detail work on the lid. It's about the size of two boxes of tissues side-by-side. Someone painted...yes painted...with paint, this fine woodwork. I thought it would be a nice project to try to get the paint off and maybe stain it.

 I'm seeing double now, time to put my head down.

 It's been a big day, I have a lot more to talk about.

 I'm leaving for Houston tomorrow. I'm going by way of Nashville so I hope I'll miss the storm. I almost use the storm as an excuse to chicken out....yes, I'm still doing this...but going back home would have me driving in to the storm so nature is providing the perfect motivation.

 I texted my younger brother about the conditions in Houston but I'm otherwise ready to go.

 But first a nice, solid, sleep.


 Thanks for listening. 


 


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10/08/2017 8:28 pm  #507


Re: The Random Thoughts Thread

Nashville is nice but if the state of Tennessee needed an enema they would put the tube in Memphis.  Gas up and eat when you are about 50 miles east so that you don't need to stop until Arkansas.  

Was introduced to deep fried catfish three decades ago in Arkadelphia, AK. along with spicy pickled green tomatoes.   Should have brought a case home.

Texarkana is worth the stop and photo op, especially of the bi-state Post Office building which straddles the state line...different zip codes depending on which door you enter.

Stay safe!


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