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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Back to Reality............. sort of

If you read my last post, I was feeling very nostalgic. Spring fever... right? I felt like I should be in Daytona Beach celebrating Bike Week with my brother, instead of trudging through the purge process. I did get quite a bit done today. I don't know about you, but I suffer from that dread social disease... Procrastination. I don't know why it is, but I seem to get more done when I'm under pressure. I do feel the pressure mounting. I've already have stacks of boxes labeled RV. I'm down to my final purge. I laughed at myself today when I removed the excess coat hangers from my closets. I have made several donations to a local mission and each coat hanger represented an item of clothing. I literally filled up a large barrel with coat hangers. Why did I have all that clothing? Sheesh. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am enjoying the process of whittling down stuff I don't really need.

I was reading a fellow blogger's work this morning and listen to the video that he had posted. It was Peggy Lee singing "Is That All There Is?" I remember that song and remember feeling sad for her. You can check out Ben's blog here. I have a whole different slant to life. Instead of is that all there is, I'm still looking. I could never make a statement like that until I've seen everything. Important notice, click on  yellow Words for MORE.

U2 has always impressed me. That song was from the Joshua Tree album. To me it expresses a longing, a need for fulfillment, that I can truly relate to. I could call it a yearning in my soul. Louis l'Amour called it "youndering". It's the urge to hit the road. Some people call it the lure of the highway. The Ramblin' Man knows what I'm talking about. Here's someone else that can really explain it.

Yee Haw, Ya'll. God bless Merle Haggard. But when he says "there ain't no kind of cure for my disease", I can really relate. Have you ever noticed recurring themes in country music? If their songs are not about falling in love, or getting your heart broken, or getting drunk, they are about traveling along the highways. Need some more examples? How about Willie Nelson's " On the Road Again"? Or, Dave Dudley's" Six Days on the Road". "White Line Fever ", "Route 66", just to name a few. Here's one by Buck Owens. How many can you think of? This next one is my personal hero of mine. His name is Billy Joe Shaver. If you're not familiar with Billy Joe, learn about him here.

One of the perks of a life of travel is the opening up of one's options. Over 30 years ago, I rented a class a motorhome. I drove it into deep West Texas, actually south of Alpine. I went to a three day music festival called Boondoggle. It was there that I first heard and met Billy Joe. What an amazing man, and an even more amazing songwriter. Through the years we have maintained a friendship. If you ever get a chance to see him in person, I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy it.

Michael and Billy Joe 2006
This is a shot of Billy Joe and I, taken backstage at the Luckenbach dance hall. Billy Joe really is a wandering gypsy. I hope I'm not wearing everyone out with these videos. I am going to include one more. These are two of my honky-tonk heroes. I can watch this last video over and over as I get ready to Take the Highway. Hmmmmm.....for some reason I can't get the blog loader to find the one I want, so please click on Haggard/Shaver.

reward for diligence
If you have taken the time and patience to read through this post and listen to all the videos, here is your reward. Thanks for stopping by and following my progress as I continue to march along into my destiny of becoming a full time RV'er. Happy Spring everyone



  1. I gotta say I love country music - both old and new. Now git that house listed and SOLD so you can get on the road.

  2. Small World!! IF you were at Boondoggle at the the Pate ranch you walked right by me cause I ( at times) was working the gate. Fun times were had by MANY that's for sure. Of course you remember the wet Tee Shirt Contest? ( wink wink, nod nod:-) ) I was living in Alpine running a business at the time. Still love that area of Texas!!

  3. Yes, It's a small world, after all.(cue music and Disney characters). So if you were in Alpine you knew Skip and Charley? How about the Riley brothers?

  4. Shoot,I don't remember all the names. They may have played over at Railroad Blues in Alpine..
    Here's here's a pic to semi prove I was there..

  5. Well, thanks for making a comment on my blog! I love hearing from people who stop by.

    I'm glad you're enjoying the process of whittling down your possessions. It was a love/hate relationship for me. If I had been a drinking woman, I would have stayed drunk the entire process :) LOL! And THAT would have made for a great song!!!