December 5th, 2007

Smiling

Finally Made It to my Destination

Jiminy Crickets! Guess I stayed too long at the hotel this morning. Was trying to arrange for my home away from home for the next few days. Didn’t get outta there until nearly Noon(!)

Called this place: The Inn at Oak Street. Looks nice doesn’t it? And they were willing to bump the folks that had a prior reservation to an upgrade (on the third floor, though) to give me the room I wanted. On the first floor. I thought about it for a while and when Ms. Sonya called me back. I told her i had changed my mind. I just don’t think it is right to inconvenience someone just to satisfy my whimsy! What if they were an old couple in their eighties? You’d have to push them up three flights of stairs. Not fair.

So settled on a La Quinta. Nice big room too. Hi speed interwebs. Free breakfast. So what’s not to like...

I also took the long way to get further up the road. Cruised on Highway 90 east. I was curious to see how far along they were with reconstruction along the Mississippi gulf coast, after THE STORM(s) they’ve had over the last few years.

Lots of new construction, too many friggin’ CASINOS, in my opinion. But whatever works, I guess. Reckon those were rebuilt first, eh? Lots of destroyed buildings and skeletal structures still about. Saw quite a few FEMA trailers too. Jeebus, if the Fed can’t keep it’s shit together long enough to take care of that mess...Never mind I won’t even go there. But y’all know what I mean.

But they still look to have GREAT white sandy beaches! Man I love this part of the country.
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And here’s a shot of downtown Mobile, Alabama as I was flying by @ 75 MPH...Don’t worry I just pointed and clicked the shutter. Didn’t even look. Luck of the draw I reckon.
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Oh yeah and I started a new set on flickr for his trip:
Roadtrip To Jacksonville Florida and Back to Texas

Have a looksee! Time for sleep now. Gonna be a long one tomorrow!

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A Stranger in a Strange Land

Or more aptly perhaps: A Stranger in His Own Hometown...

I was a military brat and so, pretty much rootless. But if I was gonna have a town I was going to call home there are probably but three choices. Jacksonville, Florida (where I happen to be now), Ottawa, Illinois (the town where my mom was from), or Houston, Texas (where I’ve made my home for about the last thirty (!) years).

I left this town 30 years ago. I knew if I stayed, I would end up dead. Or in jail. Neither alternative thrilled me. It sounded like when I was talking to David, (yes the friend that died last week.) that most folks in our peer group did. Left. Jail. Or dead. But you know we had a good time back then...But we all were fucking crazy. Still feel it was the right decision.

Sent cadona an email this morning - Wanna look up her brother and Mom while I’m here and if there is time.

Town kept growing without me. Gonna have to buy a map. I keep getting lost! Small matter to rectify, really.

The body doesn’t like hotel soaps. Need to buy some and some lotion. And some distilled water. The air in my CPAP tastes and smells kind of funny. I used local water last night. Woke up with a funny (or funnier) taste in my mouth. But I noticed the smell last night. Or early this morning when I actually went to bed. *grin*

I have family issues too...Who woulda guessed, right? Was the Black sheep for so long, no one is really sure about me. *Heh* YOU try disappearing for 20 years and see what happens! I think I turned out alright...Don’t really give a crap about what any one else thinks of me. Never have. Probably never will, either.

It was nice of Joe’s kids to include me in the obituary listing. They didn’t need (or feel that they had) to do that. Never really considered myself one of his “kids”. But a nice gesture all the same...

No one knows I’m here yet. So I’m kinda free to navigate about the city. At least until about 4:30 PM or so when I need to change clothes for the funeral. And find my way to the funeral home. Probably give one of my sisters a call around three and see what is the plan. Or if there is one.

No pics in this post. Saving your bandwidth for later!
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Just To Show You

About how nervous I am about coming back to this town...

I just realized I've chewed off the few remaining fingernails I had...Don't even remember doing it...Must have done it on that last leg...

I mean I'm okay NOW...But apparently last night I may have had a few issues...

Shit...