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Checkerboard of Life

I do not think I have ever been as intimidated by a blank computer screen as I have been the past few weeks.  I can remember when the words would flow like a spring bubbling up in my brain.  Not so much now.

So in the space of the last 30 days 2 lives have been altered incontrovertibly and since we are both adults; adult behavior was observed with a minor lapse here and there.  It doesn’t lessen the hurt or the consternation but a little sugar with the bitter pill always makes it go down easier.

The last week was a monster of a road trip even by my standards.  A  wedding in College Station,  picking up orphan property flung from Ozona to San Marcos to South Dallas and points in between.  I even dropped in on Miss K at the Nudist Ranch and hauled her all the way to Dallas to pick up her car. 2100 miles by the time the Suburban rolled back in here east of Cotulla.

Prior to the dust up, things were looking good for us in my book.  Bowling supplies were being put back for future use, the bank accounts weren’t fat but they were healthy and things were looking up.  I felt like the Wing-ed Mercury with little turbo motors on my heels.  I just misjudged  ignored the veracity and commitment level of my partner.

Since I got shot down by unexpected friendly fire  — I do believe it was an RPG Up The Ass that brought me down — I feel like every step I take is through knee deep quicksand.  Step after inexorable step, one unremarkable day after another.  BUT since there is no whining or sniveling, it is what it is, RIGHT?

I used to believe at near 58 years old that we had had set sail on what I hoped was to be my Last Great Adventure.   I certainly believed I had finally found the right crew — acchhhh!  The foibles of silly silly men!  So I guess now I gotta cast around and come up with whatever will constitute the Last Great Adventure +1.   As you well know, any non-cubicle dwelling, non shiny shoe owning fella has to be in a constant state of adventure.  If not adventuring, you might as well be commuting in  that Kia every day to the Slow Death high rise office downtown.  I actually had an overture of sorts to get a ‘regular’ job at the Wedding.  If a Chinese Clown singing Pavarotti had dropped out of the sky at my very feet I would have been less surprised.  I am not doing time with no idea why.

 

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6 comments to Checkerboard of Life

  • joel

    Glad to see you back on the intertubes, Andy.

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  • Don M

    Welcome back, we missed ya .

    Grieving takes time. Put one foot in front of the other and just get started. You’ve got the right stuff to do it.

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  • don

    Sorry to hear about your RPG attack. You know though that the Last Great Adventure is the one we don’t come back from. Just keep on having Adventures; it’s a lot more fun. (At least I think so, not having gone yet!)

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  • Trip

    Hey Andy,it does get better and I know you know that.I’m just abit older than you and had a similar RPG attack myself.It took several years and many more adventures before it finally came out on it’s own,lol.
    Email me sometime,we have alot in common.Have a great week.

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  • Kevin H

    Welcome back. It’s gotta hurt…

    Good Luck on the Next Great Adventure. Keep moving forward. That’s why windshields are so big and rear-view mirrors are so small.

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  • Chaney S

    Welcome back. I’ve been happily married four times. The divorce part really sucks. A year from now you will be full bore on an even better adventure thinking life has never been better. Good luck to you. And please keep writing.

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