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MARCH 25, 2012 4:03PM

deep in the heart of miles and miles of Texas

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Being away from the computer for a week, I'm having difficulties getting my oversized head and dark little heart into writing much.. it seems. Maybe-- don't know where to begin, but here's to trying . . .



Knowing Eli was graduating "A" school at hospital corpsman training for the Navy in San Antonio, Texas- I hatched a crazy scheme to drive there and pick him up while meeting some OS friends on the way. 

First stop was at Harry's,  Harry's Ghost  who insisted on taking me out for dinner at the Keg in Arlington, where we

were joined by desert_rat. desert_rat To avoid an hour wait, we opted for outdoor seating which was fine by me as the weather was nice and the sun was setting like a Texas ruby red grapefruit on the Arlington sky line.

The waitress in her black and rather short form fitting dress was no less than stunning but had a run in her matching black hosiery in the back, left leg, just below the hemline. In her defense it was in a place that was probably really hard for her to see. 

The food was marvelous however, and the three of us talked of fracking, OS, Texas politics, happiness, despair, OS, divorce... back to happiness, etc..



 The green Cheshire toured me all over the metroplex. Here, heading deep into Deep Ellum.



where we met up with OS blogger kfffggfuckyou  kfffggfuckyou 



saw Nora Jones



 had breakfast at Cafe Brazil



 on to Fair Park, Dallas-- toured the car museum



did downtown Fort Worth, then spent a couple of hours at the Japanese Gardens there. . .(see Harry's recent post)


before heading for bbd's bbd for steak dinner prepared by Barry himself, whom I had heard was a decent cook. I can now confirm that-



Back to the plan. Replacing Barry's deck. . which we mostly did complete Monday, with forty mph winds and under a tornado watch most of the day. 




Barry (left) and Harry's Ghost on Barry's re-worked porch. At this point my legs felt likes Rick James' must have after the Murphy brothers couch incident. I may be out of shape, a bit. 



Though a week later than originally thought Eli was finally released for leave, so I headed miles and miles further, deeper into the heart of Texas, through Austin, further yet- to San Antonio.

There, we met at McDonald's just off the base (YAY). E's corpsman buddy Lickity took this pic. I asked him if that was his real name or a cruel Navy nickname, to which he looked me eye to eye and replied "yeah, Lickity is my real last name, dammit. I have to own it."

Poor bastard...



 We did not forget the Alamo


 Or the river walk 




blue bells in San Antonio. Blue bell season is a big deal in Texas




Thursday, we clicked our heels three times and arrived back in Kansas-- after only twelve straight hours on the road! 

Friday morning, back home- looked outside and noticed I have blue bells too!! The weather is gahgeous, like perfect. I mowed the grass and green onions yesterday. The aroma of hillbilly lawn still lingers.

Eli is home for ten days and all is good with the universe.

Much thanks to my old virtual-- new real life Texas friends...

... still, there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's....



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Trig, wow!!! That's a major league road trip, graduation, multiple OS meet-up, Alamo visit, and deck building extravaganza (and more)! Thanks for sharing what clearly was an excellent time away from home!
Hey nice road trip posts, with lots of OS stuff, and E. Cool.
clearly excellent indeed... thanks y'all (as they say in Texas. . and here)

Anyone know how to live stream the KU/NC basketball game? My TV is illin'.
Hell, ain't paying to watch so think I'll go to Twin City Tav for a bit.. The kids abandoned me this afternoon : (
Didn't know you could barter for a back deck on OS. Let's see . . . I've got some crappy poems I could trade for one.
Just love to read of OS meetings. What an exceptional, bright group of people. (Having met Barry, I'm sure you were taken with him.) Especially like the photo of you and your son, and the juxtaposition of decks and flowers.
Did you get to see the basement at the Alamo?
I work for poetry Con.

KG, hey mate!

Commenting from my phone at the bar. KU 38, NC 33
What you went to DFW, Austin and San Antonio and didn't have any BBQ???!!!
His parents didn't name him Split, did they?
Lea, yes Barry is a renaissance man, no doubt

Larry, the Alamo has a basement? Focker :-)
Didn't know about the basement either, but the Alamo definitely could use a nice deck...perhaps next time? :-)
His full name I dunno -- Spli Lickity? Whoa...

Jmac- is the BBQ any good?
What a road trip. Glad you have Eli with y ou for a few days. You both look great.
I just love to read about the OS meet ups! It sounds like you guys had a great time and congratulations to your son on his recent graduation. Do you want to stop by New Mexico and help me build a ramp for my husband's wheelchair? Cheers!
Bromances always make me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Sweet pics, glad you had fun, really glad you are home!
Enjoy your ten days of Right With the Universe with your boy. And thanks for sharing the Texas pictures with us. I love meet-up stories and photos.
Nice road trip, touring around Texas and meeting up with OS folks...thanks for the details : )
yay E!! fun road trip. im kinna jealous.
Was a blast! Have more Japanese films lined up for the next time through! Was really special hanging out with you and Barry.
Always good to hear of a successful meet-up ... And your reunion w/ Eli. Love the heron (it is a heron, right?). There might have been a flattering way to tell the waitress about the run in her hose. "Excuse me Ms. I can't help but notice ..."

My, you are the Travellin' Deck Man! Surely there's a song in there somewhere. :)
I could definately love the Japanese garden like that!
What a great trip, and how proud of your son are you! So cool you got to visit with some OSers.
Awesome, what a great crowd. The pics from San Antonio nice to see, I didn't realize it was so purty. Now I'll have to come up with some clever wood crafting project to dazzle you into stopping by, in case you are driving through Phoenix. Meanwhile, enjoy the weather while it's perfect.
It does sound like a really fun trip. If I'd known you were going to DFW I could have hooked you up with my sister and her husband. Next best thing to meeting me... Oh, and a military friend lives close to their. She's fun.
The weather sure has been a strange one this season!!

Great post!!!

And you got to meet kfffggfuckyou kfffggfuckyou too?? I'm jealous!! WAAAA!! :D
Does anyone beside me think it's funny that Tr ig bromances his way across Texas and then comes home to Blue Bells???
Are those blue flowers actually called "blue bells" elsewhere? I can see why, but in Texas, those are blue bonnets, Blue Bell is ice cream... *sigh*...foreigners...
Road trip! You saw lots of OSers, even an old heron standing there in the Japanese Gardens. Good old kfffggfuckyoukfffggfuckyou looks much cuter than in his avatar. Did Barry mind that you built his porch crooked?
B... good to have him and we do look fab! Lickity's picture lacks though, really. The lighting makes me look old. Or, I'm old!

Miguela thanks and I'll damn sure make you a ramp, but might have to ship it.. wink

asia the bromance factor was LARGE but I am too, glad to be home.

OS will time me out! brb
Just for the record. Blue Bell ice cream is pretty good.
Ms. Vance-
Just Thinking..
You're welcome. I always liked the os virtual turns 'real' experience and this trip was no disappointment in that regard, for certain. You and those with kids know it's good to have the kidvisit too. The road trip was invigorating.

lorianne... hey! (answering for E.. was here briefly, left again)
Harry's.. thanks man, my bromance dude, HUGGGGGGGGGGGGGZ!

Hi Scarlett! Yes a heron it is, although a juvenile I'd say, as compared to the ones around here that we call, in fun, terradactyls.
State flower, my dear. We delibrately plant them on the roadside so we have beautiful highways. If it required a tax hike to keep that program running, there'd be no gripe from the native-borns.
Hey Eli, glad you're back home for a while. You planning to blog any about your training adventures as a corpsman?

Trig, your photos reminded me of Sgt. Mom, whom I much miss. Her posts often contained the kind of shots you've included here, and her Air Force tales were just this side of unbelievable (although I know they were all true).

Glad you had a good time. And blog more, dammit.
An honor to meet you Trig, an honor to have you in my home. Thanks for all your hard work! (You're welcome anytime.)
Seeing "a run in her matching black hosiery in the back, left leg, just below the hemline" would have ruined the whole trip for me.
well, that was fairly all-inclusive, wouldn't you say? many states, all those people, hella good food, work and pay - shoot, man. what else in life is there? oh, and a heron - how did i forget that. had one of those in my backyard once and almost fell over when i saw how really big they are. glad you had a blast and that san antonio looks exactly the same as it did the last time i saw it 30 years ago. well, it *is* in texas, you know. :)
Aw jeez, you missed me in Austin! I'm glad you had a good time. There's nothing like being with the kid you love, is there?
Tr ig, the Japanese Garden in Ft. Worth is my favorite place in Texas, and I hope you enjoyed historic San Antonio as well. Having lived there for 35 years, I can tell you there's all the difference in the world between a Southwestern city like S.A. and a corporate Southern city like Houston or Dallas. Touristy though it may be, San Antonio can be magical in winter when the Christmas lights adorn the river walk. The city's proximity to Mexico gives San Antonio a flavor all its own. We miss it. Austin is also a world unto itself -- a progressive oasis in but not of Texas.
That trip must have taken a lot of planning. Sounds great. Glad you enjoyed it and that you have your son for a bit. I envy you getting to see Nora Jones. She's one of my favorites.
Harry's told me the conservatives of Texas say that Austin is 90 square miles, surrounded by reality.
Keep Texas weird!

Thanks for looking and reading all. Sorry about the blue bonnets/bells feaux pas.
Going fishing.
that sure does sound like a guys' trip, so i forgive you for not calling me up and letting me hang out with the boys. *sigh*

glad you made it safely home again, too. next time?
Looks like a great road trip! I would love to check out San Antonio one of these days!
Enjoy your time with Eli. Barry cooked for you?? Nice! ~r
Awesome , awesome post!
Excellent report dear.
Glad I found this.
all good news.