Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Hop, Skip & A Jump

Well, it seemed like that is what it was coming home yesterday. Tuesday dawned grey and rainy and stayed that way for about an hour. I left the city of Jonesboro in the great state of Georgia at 8 a.m. central time. That's 9 a.m. eastern... and the earliest I could leave if I wanted to miss Atlanta's notorious gridlock on the interstate. I still came to a standstill at Turner Field and from there, could have taken a horse and buggy on I-75 through downtown Atlanta faster than I made it through town on the car. It was 5 miles an hour when I could move at all and took at least 30 minutes to cover two miles. You can do the math if you're so inclined. I've already done it once, thank you.

Once through town I tried the Spanish cd but by the time I reached Dalton, Georgia I was feeling very sleepy. The gloom, boring scenery, and maybe I just wasn't awak yet. I popped in my Drifters cd and from there all the way to Evansville, Indiana I kept the music going. I played the three cds of the The Drifters and they carried me to Chattanooga, Tennessee. From there Patsy Cline got me almost to Nashville and was picked up by Frankie Valli's greatest hits. I hit Nashville just after noon and came to a crawl until I reached the other side of town at which point, Credence Clearwater Revival carried me all the way to Evansville, Indiana. I only stopped in Tennessee for lunch and twice at McDonalds to get a drink. I got home just after 4 p.m. And CCR was still singing when I switched off the car. Do you know that their version I Heard it through the Grape Vine is nearly 12 minutes long! And more than half that is instrumental, very good instrumental, too.

Did you also know that you can't dance in the car while driving? It is very frustrating.

Altogether, it was a rocking ride and I actually enjoyed it. Generally I really hate traveling alone. I think just the fact that I could relax all weekend, didn't have to deal with anyone's drama, run anyone anywhere, or do anything I didn't want to do actually left me fairly relaxed. I will return to work tomorrow much more rested than when I left on Friday.

I am now looking forward to that trip to Florida in May. Anyone want to go on a day long canoe trip with crazy but fun people? Lunch is included and we'll loan you a towel. Must have a good bladder as there are NO potty breaks for several hours. I do hope the weather cooperates again this year. We've done this for a couple of years now and I really love it. I think there're videos on Heart of Dixie - YouTube from the 2011 trip. Yep, it's there. But for some reason YouTube is glitchy and my videos stop in the middle for no reason! 

Would you believe I still have not done my taxes? I have begun to hate doing them more each year. It isn't hard. I don't have any money so it is relatively simple. I just hate doing Indiana state taxes! The most awful form I ever ran across and if you know me you know I've lived in several different states. Until last year you could file state taxes online here for free through the state. They stopped it. Now I'll have to pay to file it. So, they'll be getting a paper return. I'm betting I won't be the only one.

Away with me now. I have some work to do down the hall and I probably should put away the laundry. Another job I really hate. I don't mind doing the laundry until it gets to the sheets and towels. I usually will simply take them to the living room and put on a movie or watch a show while I do them. But I really hate it.

I only work two, count them, TWO days this week. Thank God for a job that allows me generous vacation time. I'm out of here for now. 

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.








7 comments:

  1. I'll take a day trip in a canoe. I hope there will be rapids. But you have to promise not to play your music - it's quite a different taste to mine.

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    1. Tim! So good to see you here. And no rapids. It is a lazy creek in the panhandle of Florida. The trip takes all day but you stop and swim and wade and eat and just relax. Water is ice cold. Come on and join us!

      LOL, hope you're doing well, Tim.

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  2. I never take I75 through downtown, I285 is much better if you are going on I75 north; or there are ways to swing completely wide of Atlanta and miss the traffic and the scenery is better. CCR is my favourite road playlist. Loved the video of the float trip in Florida.

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    1. I've taken 285 many times over the years but now it adds about 30 miles to an already long trip and sometimes it isn't much better. No matter how you cut it, Atlanta is the worst place to drive in the South. I'm sure there are equally bad one elsewhere.

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  3. Well, Cynthia, your taste in music mimics mine! I have CDs of all the artists you mentioned and love them all. So - where do you vacation in Florida? My bladder wouldn't make a day-long canoe trip, but I would love to meet you in person! We'll be traveling north, through Atlanta, at the end of May, on our way to Ohio. We try to hit Atlanta before 6:00 a.m., or after 7:00 p.m., but can't always time it right. It is miserable trying to work through the city. I'm glad you have such a good time away!

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    1. I'll be at my sister's near Crestview the weekend before Memorial Day and will stay several days. Email me and let me know where you are in reference to that. I may be able to run over if it isn't too far.

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  4. I did a G+ that I can't find and it was an awesome sales job for Fort Worth as a part of a booming metroplex economy! Saturday I was told it was the best city to move to right now - and I know there are jobs available 'cause people I know are getting hired. Of course, there are HOT summers and a day or two of freezing weather in Jan or Feb. It's southern (with a 'Bless your heart!") with a bit of western twang thrown in, ya'll. Filled with plenty of pot-luck dinners as well as fine dining places. It's a bit filled for us, but we loved living there until we really moved to the countryside. There will be a light on for you.

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