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A Thousand Days

My fave picture of Miss K.  Captures the essence of an interesting and capable woman. -Terlingua 2010

My fave picture of Miss K. Captures the essence of an interesting and capable woman. -Terlingua 2010

A thousand days — give or take  is the time Miss K and I spent together.  Roughly one fifth of my remaining years most likely; seldom apart for more than a day or two at a time excepting that runaway last spring.  Good times with her and that silly dog I must say. 4X down for me now so does that make me a serial husband?   Three of the four abandoned me which, I reckon, would implicate me as the provocateur to them that don’t know the whole skinny.  Most of y’all are probably thinkin’  ‘Listen at him! There are two sides to every story.’  especially the women as divorce drama is generally gender biased.   I know damned well I am about as easy to live with as a basket of pit vipers.  I know this. My failure as a multi-husband can be drilled down through all levels to one tacit fact.

I am unbending.

I don’t lie. I honor my word.  I keep my pecker in my pants.  I take care of those to whom I have pledged a sacred vow.  There is a reason they call it a vow, right?  The fly in the ointment is I expect others near and dear to me to act the same-same. Defined as old school by most folks, I am told I should relax and chill.  Old school is not cool these days.  Times they are a -changin’ folks tell me.  Old school is passe’ and not necessary in these illuminated times they say.  Don’t be so hard core, cut the corners!  Yeah, right.  Those folks are gonna turn blue and die if they are holding their breath waiting for me to change.  Moral integrity does not come and go like a Hollywood fad.  It is the core of a man;  unrelenting, unforgiving and forever extracting a due measure.

Gracias BFF Cait!

Gracias BFF Cait!

Ever wonder why I don’t have a shit ton of close friends?  Well, there ya go.  In my simplistic world,  talkin’ the talk leads me to expect you will walk the walk.   Well, friends and neighbors,  I am here to tell ya that is not a realistic expectation around these parts of late.   Perhaps the deepest hurt was words spoken out of turn and to any who would listen.  Old school and new age clashing loud and long and the union could not hope to survive.  I was/am/will always be a trusting soul.  A giver by nature made me an easy mark twice over.   Finally and forever, the thin veneer was peeled back to reveal the evil shrewess lacking even a vestigial moral compass.  Even with all that, my love for the woman will not be dismissed.  It will abide through eternity.  You do not choose true love, it chooses you and therein lies the rub. And that’s all I have to say about that.

 

 

Well as y’all know, there ain’t no snivelin’ in the Oil Patch.  Not even a smidge so lets’ explore the positive side of this dust-up.

  • There is no more Gordon Ramsay in the NO PRINCESS Palace and the world will NOT implode if the scallops are not seared correctly.
  • Running solo means you never put your jammies on and you never go to bed.  As such,  the bedroom has been converted to convenient storage. Guy bonus!
  • The caliche dust can be held at bay inside a trailer house even if accumulated undisturbed over the course of a year. It took 3 hours and emptying the vacuum cleaner 16 times but then again, I have beaucoup time on my hands.
  • Dishes, silverware, pots and pans will NOT disintegrate if washed immediately after a cook session. The old wives tale that they must be left to ferment in dirty water for at least 48 hours is proved untrue!   God, who knew???????!
  • Walking a mile after supper in the blue twilight of the end day makes my heart sing.
  • The Battle against the Grow Things in the bathroom is over.  I won.
  • Hunger is a powerful motivator.  You can get by with one spoon, a plastic fork and a GI can opener.
  • Expanding further, you can follow a recipe with only a tablespoon as measure.  No Chinese arithmetic required.
  • Amazon is the Curmudgeon’s friend.  They have everything necessary to re-stock the Palace. ( Click the links dammit!)  🙂
  • Dead fly bodies may be removed for burial. You need not let them remain at the scene of the murder until they dry to dust.
  • Food does expire – even  swathed like an Egyptian mummy and properly refrigerated. A refrigerator is not a sarcophagus.
  • The smoking of big fat cigars is now permissible.  See accompanying proof.
  • The world will not end if the Big Ass Suburban is not out running the roads every other day.
  • My generator sings.  The Keurig ran away.
  • You sleep best when your karma is squared away.
  • Staying outside during the heat of a South Texas summer in deference to another who cares not a whit sucks. A/C rules!
  • Greed and avarice are most despicable traits and will eat you alive.
  • My attraction to sharp witted, easy on the eyes, curvacious younger women continues undiminished.

‘S alright folks. Everything is good, actually damned good.  I feel like strappin’ on another good adventure.  I do believe I have the grit left to do at least one more.

Parting shot……… The all time favorite posts to the right of the page are there for a reason  – y’all liked them and voted accordingly.  They get read the most of any posts on the blog.  Now, if I was wanting to tilt the  karmic universe so this post appeared in perpetuity for everyone to read again and again and again, I would tell y’all to vote it to the TEN.

Just sayin’…………

 

 

End Note:  Feelin’ Alright by Joe Cocker from the With a Little Help from my Friends cd.    Ohhhhhhhhh yeah.  He of the spastic and tie dyed at his best.

 

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15 comments to A Thousand Days

  • Miss V

    Sounds like you’ve got things squared away. Life goes on and the journey continues. God speed.

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  • Joel

    All righty then!

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  • I am so sorry you lost your dog, doesn’t seem fair some how. Forget the ladies for a while and get yourself a good dog.

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  • Joel

    The road goes on forever and the party never ends . . .

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  • Can you still be a gate guard as a single? How does sleep work? Getting food and supplies? Can you find another single dude with his own rig to split the workload? Is a new type of job in your future? Can’t wait to read about your next adventures!

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  • Dee

    Andy,are you going to continue gate gaurding? I am curious how one person can work a 24 hr. gate?

    I loved this post and I admire your graceful writing. Call me crazy but I have read every post on this blog.

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    • Andrew

      Yes, I can stay here as a single guard due to a combination of factors. I (we?) have been here for 2 years and most of the traffic is known to us. Goes alot easier when you are not having to check in a bunch of strangers. The schedule is light here for the rest of the year. The owner loves the job I do and again, doing it for so long gives me experience on how to keep him happy. I told my boss I would let her know when it became too much for me. I have a licensed fill in that comes out every few weeks and allows me to go to town and the PO Box.

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  • Nancy Klune

    Glad to see you are still full of piss and vinegar.
    I’m on number 5. None of the other’s lasted over 7 years. This one’s been hangin’ around for 18 years now. I think it’s gonna work. 😉 My cousin named him FTWB = Frank The Wonder Boy. He’s a good’un.

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  • Warren

    Andy Hope all works out for you in whatever you do. As my friend Lee says there’s another marriage seen through to completion.

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  • Bryan

    Great post.. I agree with Lynn, leave the ladies alone for a bit and find yourself a good dog.

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  • Andy,

    Apparently this time she made sure she had the resources to leave. I hope things work out for the best, sometimes people leave because they believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence only to find out it isn’t. I don’t wish Miss K. any ill will but I believe in vows and in those vows is says for better or worse, people work things out.

    It’s true it seems, today everything is disposable, even us, a promise has no meaning, either does a handshake….

    Good luck,

    Erik

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  • Joel

    OK, so what I really want to know is whether this means you’ll be finishing the great American novel.

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    • Andrew

      Jeez Joel 🙂

      I can’t even put together a coherent blog post these days!

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  • I am far too busy to read blogs regularly, but when I do, yours is among my top choices.
    I’ll support your bid to vote this among your top ten posts. I’ve said before, you write from the heart and you write very well indeed.
    Favourite quote from this page (among many) and worth repeating: “Moral integrity does not come and go like a Hollywood fad. It is the core of a man; unrelenting, unforgiving and forever extracting a due measure.” Keep writing and be happy, Andy. A scratch behind the ears from me for Tuco.

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