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Black Hills Blues
Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:51 am


Life is good

The eastern sky is turning crimson and dawn is cracking in the heartland. I am getting somewhat better at this stuff, haven’t exactly mastered it, but I am making inroads into my peace-of-mind exercises. It takes my mind off the speedo-meter that is stuck at 45mph, the six new Michelin’s I need to purchase, and two-dollar seventy-nine a gallon fuel.

Sitting here staring out the front window of my shop office, no plans, no ambitions, shut down. Really would like to be in Lead or the Black Hills this summer, it would be a great day to be just about anywhere — anywhere but here. To be where the weather report didn’t contain the words “storm warning” and the view never seemed redundant or stale.

My mind quickly travels back in time, to grade school and my youth, and how I used to spend an inordinate amount of time at the pencil sharper, grinding away, staring out the window at the nice day and dreaming of better things. Some sixty years later, I am back at that proverbial spot (in my mind) and I am still the impossible dreamer, the hopeless romantic.

I like the country
Can’t stand all this city strife
Guess I want to be on the boulevard … rollin’
Rollin’ all my life.
Open the east gate of Yellowstone and let me in!
Thinking about Bear Tooth Pass,
Cooke City, Red Lodge Montana
two-lane highways and cheap gas.

Crater Lake,
Junction City,
Tahoe,
Clear water streams
What a hopeless romantic,
a man of many dreams.

No adventure in my life,
No more icing on the cake,
Ho hugs, soft kisses, warm hello’s,
No backrubs, or calls on the telephone,
No important dates for me to make,
My coffee cup has developed a pinhole leak on the bottom,
My first problem of the day.

Sunday Morning, my idle mind draggin’ my heart around. I can hear the low muffled sound of my own heart beating. It disturbs me, a distressing reminder of my own mortality. A slow steady drum beat of how fragile life really can be, and I stop to consider the fact that we seldom realize the frailty of it all.

Sitting here at my window with my cup of Joe, meditating. Today, this day, my thoughts should be concentrated on other things, not so much on leaving, getting out of here. But rather, just making it thru another Oklahoma winter day.

The weekend is dying … Two quick short days in heaven, often just isn’t enough. Perhaps a trip north to the Black Hills and a quick visit to The Bad Lands might just be what the doc ordered up? Might be the placebo for my winter time blues.

See you in the fast lane.

BCO
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Re: Black Hills Blues
Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:26 am


Very good story! Sure brings back lots of memories and want to's for me too! ;)
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Re: Black Hills Blues
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:20 pm


Bco, when I left OK a few years ago the single most problem I had was watching TV I thought something was wrong with the TV in AZ it had no weather warning scrolling across the bottom LOL 24 hrs a day


good luck
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Re: Black Hills Blues
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:24 pm


BCO you have a very entertaining writing style. Love it. You have a real neat bus too. I would like to have a 10S.
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Re: Black Hills Blues
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:49 am


BCO you have a very entertaining writing style. Love it. You have a real neat bus too. I would like to have a 10S.

Unfortunately there are two schools of thought on this “entertaining writing style,” the proverbial “good news and bad news thing.” Having recently discovered that my new shop is working like a huge NASA radar antenna I am now able to occasionally bootleg WI-FI in the country from some five miles away.

That is the good news.

Now for the bad news, not always being required to drive the six miles to town; it means that I can now come on here a whole lot more than I have in the past!

Guess it will all work out in the wash … and …. You are right to want a 10-S. We looked a long time before we settled on the suburban model as they were sometimes referred to. It is our little Hot Rod of the two-lanes.

The 10-S is a great bus, easy to drive and very forgiving when you occasionally mess up and find yourself somewhere in the back of the lot and there isn’t a whole lot of space to maneuver. We found ourselves (well it was ME actually) in just such a bind outside Grand Coulee (a little placed called Goose Lake) where the sign said specifically “No Turn Around.”

My co-pilot was quick to point this out to me and also added her unsolicited opinion. She said that I was lost, but that isn’t necessarily quite right, powerfully confused maybe, but I was NOT lost. So listen, hon, I gingerly explain to her “that sign is just for trucks, not motor coaches … it doesn’t mean us!”

Yeah sure.

Had to back it up about three blocks that time, and then there was the time outside of Bozeman … oh well, you get the picture, right?

But I digress.

I can testify that I am unabashedly enamored to our old hoopie … I am in love with the 10-S. It is a good fit in most of the nation’s parks and secret places (as they say, “America’s Best Idea”). Being as I am already five foot nine, one hundred and ninety --- none of your ##!!**## business … I really didn’t need the xtra five feet anyway.

Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Black Hills Blues
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:54 am


BCO when I left OK a few years ago the single most problem I had was watching TV I thought something was wrong with the TV in AZ it had no weather warning scrolling across the bottom LOL24hrs a day …. Good Luck

Today as it turns out is another perfect “El Nino” winter day in the Sooner Nation. Snow, slush, you know what I mean? I need to locate a quaint little drinking village on the westside of Florida with a fishing problem.

A few years back, we were in Palm Springs while watching the local news, I was amazed when the TV personality said “and now the weather. Today’s high was 87*, tomorrows high will be 87*, the expected high for the week will be 87* … back to you Dan.”

I was flabbergasted, I mean, “Where was the rest of it?”

Click on 5-Alive in the spring time … In Oklahoma.

You have the housewife in a mu-mu bigger than a wagon sheet, hair in curlers, no teeth, looking at the camera and saying something like: “I seen the twister, dropped out of a clear blue sky, then it lifted Harold and Imogene’s house off the foundation, and it come right over our house, and I was a-thinkin’ she still has my casserole dish!”

Nuthin’ like Oklahoma (except Arkansas or Alabama, but that is another post).

Thanks for the comment

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Re: Black Hills Blues
Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:30 am


...........Sitka, Alaska. A quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem.......
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Re: Black Hills Blues
Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:51 am


Boomer wrote:...........Sitka, Alaska. A quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem.......


Wow. Too cold for me, I will pass. Might have seen it on a T-shirt or something, I am not sure where it came from.

Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Black Hills Blues
Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:13 pm


BCO I like the way you write. That was good read.
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Re: Black Hills Blues
Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:17 am


wal1809 wrote:BCO I like the way you write. That was good read.



Thank you so very much, your compliment is well received.

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