On the Road again…

At least this one is for fun 🙂 Vacation!!!!


Spent a day and a half driving to Texas, seeing friends and family and playing with toys, what better way to spend a vacation??? The only sad part is that my kids are working so are not getting to enjoy the time with family.

In talking with friends, the web site Gray Eagles was pointed out, it is a very moving video tribute to the Mustang pilots during WWII. Take a minute to at least go view the video and look around the site. As they say, we are losing the last of the WWII vets at a huge rate.

On a side note, I am amazed at how badly people are driving these days! Geez, I think they all got their drivers licenses outta Cracker Jacks! No turn signals, pulling out in front of tractor-trailer rigs, running 40-90 (pick a speed) on the interstate, throwing crap out on the side of the road like it’s their personal trash cans… sigh…

Frankly, I’m surprised there aren’t more incidences of road rage (or road stupidity).

The bright spots though are the things you get to see-

In NW Arkansas, an old Ag Cat dusting a rice crop just off the Interstate, low altitude, high G’s, knowing that pilot was enjoying his flying.

Eating in the local greasy spoon, which burns down about every three or four years; getting good food, interesting conversations and Peach Cobbler for desert!

Driving around the old home town and getting TOTALLY lost… Whereinhell did that road come from and wherethehellamI??? Driving miles out in the country to get old fashioned BBQ and a coke for lunch (and remembering all the back roads to get there)!

Getting together with childhood friends and catching up (damn, are we REALLY that old???), seeing pics of the kids and now grand kids! Finding out a good friend, who is a retired Marine, whose oldest son that I used to bounce on my knee, is now in the Marines and just came back from his second tour in Iraq… Safely thank God!

Shooting high powered rifles in the back yard (on a 200 yard range) and not having to worry about the neighbors calling the cops! More likely coming over wanting to play…
More miles and more family to see in the next few days, and I’m looking forward to it!
Sadly, I have to go back to work next week… I don’t wanna go back… Wahhhh….


On the Road again… — 7 Comments

  1. I thought it was me. I have seen nothing but bad driving down here. People doing 55 in a 70, and just doing stupid stuff.

    Does your drive take you through Nashville? HUH?

    Sounds like you are having a really good time. Enjoy the wide open sky and good company.

  2. Don’t want to go back… says a lot about life and your values. What was the reason you left? You knew all the back roads to get everywhere and wanted to do stuff you hadn’t done yet… or some other excuse to look over the mountains somewhere. It is nice to go home, even when it no longer is, again — always great to be welcome there like you never left.

  3. RT- I went around Nashville in the middle of the night 🙂 Didn’t want to fight the traffic…

    Earl- As you well know, the military changes us… I did a career, now well into my second career with them. While I would come back if I could, there is too much distance both literally and figuratively from here. It’s now a good place to visit, but right now I don’t want to retire and vegitate 🙂

  4. Drivers…. yes, agreed. I drive a truck as a second line of defense, with awareness of surroundings being the first. Necessary.

    The vacation….. sounds good. Very good. Enjoy it!

  5. Cateach0- I’m in the marked for a good used M-1 Abrams about now… Sometimes driving a sports car is like painting a target on your butt.

    KVegas- I’m tryin!!!!