Monday, July 03, 2006

Ain't No Moss On Me

If I was a road dog, baby,
and all of my songs were true,
I reckon I'd like my whiskey drinkin'
a whole lot more than I do
--Jimmy Buffett, "Big Rig"

Lincoln in the rear view mirror, we now set our sights on the Motherland. The Land of Pleasant Living. America in Miniature. The Old Line State. The Bay State. Perhaps the only state in the union that refers to the President of the United States as a "despot." That's right ladies and gentlemen, we're heading to Maryland in two short days.

Of course, when I say "we," I really mean "me," since neither Monkey nor Ripken is going with.

It's about a sixteen hour drive. Monkey and I have done it in one big jump before (maybe twice, even), and we've already done a thirteen plus hour drive to Conroe, TX, last month, but I just don't feel like pushing myself that hard on a solo flight. The plan is to drive to Columbus, OH, by Wednesday night, camp in Buckeye State Park, and then head in to Mob Town on Thursday PM. Two eight hour tours. I can handle that.

Lincoln, by the way, was a productive trip. My meeting with the department head was informative and encouraging. Monkey and I (guided by our gracious hosts on several walks about town) got a feel for real estate prices and desirable locations. We saw a few Lincoln sights. Of course, to me, the move is barely a blip on the Reality Radar. A year is (depending on how you look at it) a long way away. It will soon begin to loom larger in my forecast of the future, but for now, it is an amorphous thing. The bottom line on Lincoln so far: I can live there. It will take a while to get used to it, but I think it will be okay. At any rate, it will be different. And, of course, I will miss many people and things about where I live now. There is nothing to be done about that. But, again, it is down the road a piece.

I may have some connectivity in Charm City, so, updates are possible. I'll try to remember to bring the camera, too. I know AMVB likes the pictures!


Magdalene said...

Say hi to 'the City that Reads' for me and any relevant common friends. (And take pictures, lots of them!)

Hope you have some good driving music for your 8 hour trekks. This reminds me, what would be your top 10 driving songs? I'll give it some thought and post mine soon.

BTW....why are you moving to Lincoln? It sounded a bit like you have no choice...I might have missed why you're moving there.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you finally took care of that moss problem. It was growing out of control last time I saw you - I just didn't want to say anything because I'm proper like that.

Ah, the land of the Berger cookies, the home of Elkton! You're practically on my turf now, mossboy! Any chance for a meet-up?

Safe travels! And of course, xxklsl, but only for $3.

Anon AMVB, she does indeed like the pictures