Handle This

Once you get a CB the next order of affairs is obtaining a handle. Bandit was Burt Reynolds and Snowman was the Jerry Reed character’s in the movie Smoky And The Bandit. So can you imagine how I felt when the driver said my handle should be “Hot Flash” he was all excited that he came up with that one, like he won an award or something. What is this gal to do?True I am having hot flashes but do I wanna announce that to the world. Then I thought well it’s kinda funny yet sexy at least to me. I reluctantly agreed. As a commoner is Knighted I was bestowed the handle as deemed appropriate by a old salty road dawg. I can hardly wait oh lucky me.

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A Mix Bag.

1414592979513-1580271235Given that Halloween is coming, here is a mixed bag of goodies from yesterday.  Taxi to Sam’s town Casino in Shreveport 25.00 bucks each way. No five cent keno or omaha or even limit poker…bummer oh well. Then to the cafe to eat. Our waiter is from Beijing “yes I’m going to blow him away with my newly learn Mandarin” I asked for “Nemung bing shui” lemon water.  I get a big “huh?” I received my dish he asks “how is it ?” I reply “Kekuo” (delicious) “too cold?” “No its delicious”. Well I better hit the tapes again. Upon return home to the Petro truck stop we buy some water and the tv is on world series  San Francisco Giants vs KC Royals  and small talk ensued. I ask the tall nice gentleman at counter “Who ya For? ” “Kansas I guess they haven’t won” I pipe in trying to let the locals know this fender bender knows a thing or two. “Ya 29 years” he says he knows people in KC “so Ya I’ll pick the Royals” I said the only person I know in Kansas City is Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Everybody laughs because it’s late and we are all tired but more likely my faux pas. I know I know Kansas City Missouri and the state of Kansas ARE two different places. Oh well note to self. I just liked that everyone was laughing.

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Van Horn Texas

During a much needed tire change the gentleman who pulled up in truck full of tires I asked “what’s Van Horn known for?” I got a nod. “You born and raised here?” Ya” okay Mr. Helpful “would you like some coffee or something to drink” “Na”. Wikipedia states Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought 290,000 acres just north of here for space technology compound. And this place might be one of the sites of an underground placement of the 10,000 years clock.  Who knew…me and the tire guy didn’t.  Last night we witnessed a border patrol checkpoint west of here where a drug sniffing dog went crazy on a vehicle of what look to be Yuppie owned. Was it cannabis or something else?  The dog pulled away from leash jumped up often and barked like this car was extra hot. Busted. Zia jian

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Sleazy Eight

Can you imagine a road dawg’s rite of passage includes staying a seedy motel. Well I did and boy was I on alert. I see a police officer at a fast food drive thru. I ask “how’s this place? You know it’s bad when someone answer with a question.  “How long you stayin?” One night “oh you’ll be okay” this place is known for dope according to the officer  That’s just great I was going to lay out by the pool and read. Got a little reassurance from desk clerk who was counting out a mountain of change telling a  guest holding a cardboard sign “You’re short again I’ll cover the rest”.  But the piece de resistance happened when  this gal looks in to offer her company not knowing I was in the room. She saw the legs of the driver and decided that door left ajar was an invitation.   Man this is some crazy joint.  I could handle the homeboy veterano on his bike circling his territory riding in between the 53 foot long trucks staring hard when I was getting a drink. It was the gal that scared me because she  partially entered the room until she heard a bellowed “NO”. All I’m thinking is “man I am losing my edge” situations like these didn’t scare me as much as before,  now I just wanna get some shut  eye and in the morning get the hell out of the Easy Eight.

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Well Its Over

The of Fanfare of being out on the road. Let me explain. Family and friends were excited for me and  few still might be when I first started back in April. But now whenever I get into town I get a hug and a kiss then I’m asked “When are you leaving?”. During these few precious days I do a bunch of laundry, raid the refrigerator and sleep. I just might be perceived to be  intrusive to one’s routine and I understand. I realize how it might be for military families and other people’s situation similar to mine. I shared this with the driver and he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded “yep that’s how it is”.

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Arizona

There are 8 types of climate zones that exists and AZ has seven of them. Gila monsters javelina and road runners are often seen out and about in the Scottsdale landsccape. Lazy types shouldn’t bother no welfare here. In my 20’s I  worked for a Xmas tree salesman who lived in Sedona.  He said it’s a beautiful spiritual place and I hope to find out one day.

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4 Days

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The number of days it takes to get from one coast to another. Not bad although there are guys who do it less time, two and a half or 3 days and they brag about it. I just wanna be safe and what’s the rush. The road is where I do a lot of thinking the deep soulful kind. I pair this with cabin fever which presents itself in many ways some I’m not proud of. I will pick a small fight hoping the slim adrenaline rush gets us an extra seventy to a hundred miles closer and more awake or how many states will this fly travel thru before he/she flies out or dies?  Plus this time  we have  the CB which just made its debut thank goodness.  Finally leaving for Florida tomorrow. Or as the Cubana say “Flor rida”.

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Don’t look Back.

People say “Don’t you miss nursing” I haven’t been away long enough to miss anything.  22 years versus 7 months. But I do  miss the road and I am looking forward to going to Florida via Arizona and Texas.  I’ve been blessed to have a job that has a meaningful place in my life as I write this I realize I didn’t say career hmm interesting. I look forward to
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and trucker coffee.  This life is not for everybody,  so I’ve been told by others. WHAT does that mean? 

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I’m One of Them

Di tou zu.  Phonetically you say “dee toh zoo”  I learned this from Yang Yang my online YoYo Chinese teacher.  Can you guess what it means?  everyone is guilty of it. On their phones at airports restaurants, bus stops and while  walking. It means I’m a low head or low heads. So this  is now number two on my list. First the gluttenites (gluten free people) & the low heads.
1 out of 2 not bad. Til next time Zai jian.

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