Little Rock

I know I’ve disappeared a time or two
Along the way I lost me and you
I needed a new town for my new start…

So begins a once popular Country and Western song by Colin Raye.  The song is about a guy who goes to Little Rock, Arkansas to try to make a new start.

I’ve been in and around Little Rock off and on for a great deal of my life. Sometimes I would leave for a few years but I always came back. I don’t really know why. Loco-centric I guess.

There is lots I remember about Little Rock that most people who live here now don’t know and probably don’t even care about. Its for sure most of them wouldn’t believe a lot of it – but those are stories for another time.

What is important right now, at least to me, is that I am leaving Little Rock again. My plane for Guatemala (via Atlanta) leaves at 5:45AM tomorrow. (Cost $525.) Right now, I am laying up in a $75 a day room at the Comfort Inn out by the airport, sipping on a bottle of green tea ($3.50), waiting for the call down to dinner. I don’t know what it will be but I do know it will cost $7.00. It’s a good thing I’m out of here in the morning. I can’t stand much of this. The quality is alright but the prices, compared to Central America, are ruinous.

The truck is gone. I got a decent price for it all things considered. It’s just a damn shame I have to spend it all before I even get out of here.

…and

I think I’m on a roll
Here in Little Rock
I’m solid as a stone
Wait and see
I got just one small problem
Here in Little Rock
Without you
Baby I’m not me
Without you
Baby I’m not me

Lyin’ here upon this motel bed
Thoughts of you explode within my head
Like a castle built upon the sand
I let love crumble in my hand.

Another thing that is important to me is that I have come to Little Rock to make a new start. But it is just a start – just a step; the first step of my slow journey around the world.

Colin Raye closes the song out by singing, “Oh, oh, oh, oh.”  I can understand why he would feel that way if he was having to pay these prices.

Not to worry. When I’m under that Guatemalan sun tomorrow, its gonna be a brighter day in more ways than one.

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Green Cities and Smiley Faces

My Orphaned Truck

Howdy all. I know it’s been a while but I’ll try to bring everything up to date. The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy. I am now out of the house. It is officially sold. I’m staying for the next few days in Rosebud, Arkansas. I’ve still got a couple of things to wrap up, the main one being to sell the truck. Anybody want an orphaned truck. One good detail job and it looks just like the picture.

Anyway, that is the big detail. Everything else is little stuff. And, it will all be done by next Tuesday evening because I leave next Wednesday.

Now that a real date has been set, I am starting to actually get a sense of “butterflies” – good butterflies.

Life is Good

I feel free. No mortgage. No utilities. No termite insurance. No maintenance and upkeep. No personal property taxes. No truck insurance. No maintenance and upkeep on the truck. NO GASOLINE! See the big old smile on my face?

Everybody sing along now – “We’re off to see the Wizard. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”