Sunday, 30 December 2012

DEC 30, 12 .. PERFECTIONISM .. AND A 'MEETING' ..


Let’s start with the word assume .. I ASSUME that some of you ( or maybe many of you? ) know that I am active in a twelve-step program of recovery.  Those of you who do not know what I am talking about, may want to just stop reading here because what I plan to write will make NO SENSE to you.  You will also notice that my web site .. titled my Doxology .. is in praise of my creator .. The God of Abraham, to whom I rhetorically ask, “How do things like this happen Oh God of Abraham?”  OK .. last Friday, December the 21st, I did a post about THE THREE P’s -- Perfectionism .. Procrastination .. Paralysis.  Now let me tie-this-all-together for you who are interested in reading forward.

Sunday Morning .. December 30th, 2012 .. I am EXPLODING WITH ENERGY!  Last night I slept a full eight (8) hours, unusual for me since I seldom sleep this long at night.  I was up before 7AM and .. let me tell you all .. I was ‘wired up’ and exploding with energy.  As I was doing my morning process, I kept thinking quietly to myself .. “I think that I will go to my favorite 8:30AM Sunday Morning men’s meeting.”  And so I did.

The meeting is based upon the book .. ‘As Bills Sees It’.  We do not randomly 'pick-a-page' to read in the book .. each week we progress through the book one-page-at-a-time in sequential order.  Not having been to the meeting for some time .. I did not have a clue as to which page we would be reading this morning.   At this point in my recovery process, I usually say little at meetings UNLESS I feel that maybe I can contribute something positive to the meeting.  I am quite comfortable and happy to just sit quietly and relax and let other newer members share.  Also at this particular meeting, many members want to share and it is usually a matter of having to ‘break in’ immediately after a member finishes his share since someone else will be ‘poised’ to begin their share.. and I do not like having to ‘compete’ to ‘get time to share’.  Finally .. seldom to NEVER do I actually lead the meeting. 

8:30AM the meeting began on-time.  One member ‘chairs’ the meeting.  After all of the meeting preliminaries were completed .. The Serenity Prayer .. The Preamble .. How It Works .. announcements .. the usual meeting format .. this morning the ‘chairman’ then stated thusly:  “Today we are on page 167 of ‘As Bill Sees It’.  Who would like to read page 167 and share on the reading?”  Keep-in-mind what I just posted here last Friday .. two days ago!  The Three P’s .. As I casually glanced at today's reading on page 167 .. I was STUNNED!

Page 167 of ‘As Bill Sees It’ is titled: 

Progress Rather than Perfection.

“On studying the Twelve Steps, many of us exclaimed, “What an order, I can’t go though with it.”  Do not be discouraged.  No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these spiritual principles.  We are not saints.

The point is that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.  The principles that we have set down are guides to progress.  We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

We … … are not so much brothers in virtue as we are bothers in our defects, and in our common strivings to overcome them.”

End partial Quote (I omitted two words)

As I posted last Friday .. daily I live with this crippling affliction of paralyzing  perfectionism!  It Must Be God’s Will that I have these web site(s) and that I actually am able to post writings.  Patti knows how I ‘agonize’ over these posts and have to overcome my committees that are constantly saying .. “No one reads your posts!  No one cares about what you post!” blah-blah-blah!  Thank you Oh God Of Abraham for that one-quiet-little-one-person-committee inside-of-my-head that almost shyly says .. it always amazes me how I can actually hear that one-quiet-shy-little-voice above the ‘din’ of the others! .. “It will be all right.  Go ahead.”

Well this morning I did NOT have to ‘grab-the-lead’ .. none of the others seemed ‘moved to read and to share’ about the above  reading .. so off I went .. revved up and energized!

I can’t recall the last time that an hour-and-a-quarter meeting went by so quickly for me!  Dare I say 'it'?  For me at least .. a perfect meeting!

All I can end with is:

OH GOD OF ABRAHAM MY CREATOR .. THANK YOU FOR THE MEETING THIS MORNING!  FOR ME IT WAS A WHEW!

Smiles .. Cap ..

Now I will be gratefully quiet for weeks to come!   

Saturday, 29 December 2012

DEC 29, 12 .. WELL I THINK THAT MAYBE ..


Committee-inside-my-head will you ever JUST SHUT UP!  You are screeching at me inside-my-head .. “Who on this green earth even cares!” 

Sigh!  I have to assume that IF you are reading and if you are following along here some (one only?) of you may and do care ..

Well .. I THINK THAT MAYBE .. but I am not close to being 100% positive .. that I AM GOING TO RETURN TO INDIA !

In the past I have had strong and extremely clear signals as to this decision .. my last trip was started by a STRONG FEELING OF .. DO IT NOW !

Father Abello in Calcutta .. Jesuit Priest that he is .. ALWAYS stresses the word and the concept of ‘discernment’ .

So I sit trying to ‘discern’ whether the following story amounts to a ‘call to return to India’ ..

‘Zilla I think maybe .. after your incident earlier this year tripping over your suitcase leaving your hotel room .. you may relate ..

 OK .. does this story amount to a ‘calling’ ?  You decide.

A special friend of a friend .. and I do not even know her name or her age but I am pretty sure she was not a ‘spring chicken’ .. returned home from someplace just within the past week-or-two .. parked her auto in her garage .. and tripped and fell ..

She was hurt so badly from this fall in her garage  that due to pain and physical damage to her shoulder she could not get up and get into her home .. instead she gathered some stuff together to keep her warm and leaned up against her garage wall .. I can only imagine the mental situation she must have been in!

Luckily within several hours .. someone came looking for her and found her .. got her to a local emergency room where she under went surgery.

And?

This poor lady .. who had just been coming home from somewhere .. you know .. just doing-her-life .. passed away.  She died! As in dead! .. shortly thereafter!

She acquired a ‘hospital based staph infection’ which she did-not-have prior to falling and going to the 'ER' and that-was-that!  Her life-show ended!

Gee ‘Zilla you-lucked-out!  You at least are still alive-and-kicking!

So how-on-earth is this story ‘a call to return to India’?

It is NOT ‘Per Se’ a call to DO anything ..

EXCEPT to ponder how thin the thread of life is that I am hanging onto at age 76 years  .. by-the-way all living beings are hanging onto or suspended by their own individual thin-threads-of-life!

As if my recent adventure with Benign Positional Vertigo last 12/12/12 was not enough of a 'wake-up-call'!

Patti was out day-before-yesterday and now is recovering from an automobile accident that she was involved in!  She was not hurt as severely as the lady in the above story was .. but she is stiff-sore-and-aching and did not want nor need the grief of having her car ‘totaled’!

Luckily for Patti her-new-life-acquaintance has auto insurance (this alone is a blessing!) with the same automobile insurance company and that driver also was not injured to the point of requiring emergency room care.

Considering all of the above .. I have formally reserved a room at the Kowloon YMCA in Hong Kong, China, arriving January 29th departing February 2nd.

Now I will explore ‘getting-there’ .. making the requisite airline reservations etc but the proverbial ball-is-rolling!

WILL IT ACTUALLY HAPPEN?  Let’s all of us stay-tuned!  With my personal history odds-are-it-will-happen .. UNLESS (and you and I can fill-in-the-blank line about what could happen to stop me!  .. like get up from here and in going to the kitchen trip-and-fall and? ..)

On a much-more-positive note!
Was it Admiral Halsey who said .. "Damn the torpedoes!"

Last night the Detroit Pistons professional basketball team beat the defending Champion Miami Heat 109 – 99 out at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan, and I was there in attendance with a friend of many years rooting like crazy!  I can and I am just-doing-it!  Just doing-life!

Patti will  get another auto that is easier for her to get into and get out of!

Trucker Tom 48067 and I are going to have breakfast uptown at Niki’s Restaurant in about-an-hour!
The final weekend of the NFL season is tomorrow with some great games to watch .. and the PLAYOFFS begin week after this!

IF something negative does happen to me .. I pray that I will take-it-with-a-smile KNOWING HOW RICHLY I HAVE BEEN BLESSED IN THIS LIFETIME!

For now .. over-and-out from  Bobba Caps and ALL of the Bobbsey!

“What’s that committee-in-my-head?” .. “You are correct!  I am on-a-roll and having fun!”  

Thursday, 27 December 2012

DEC 27, 12 .. A LITTLE GOOD OL' TEXAS WISDOM ...


Patti and I really enjoyed our time spent in the GREAT ‘LONE STAR’ STATE OF TEXAS!

Texas .. like life itself .. is a State Of Mind.

While in Texas we came upon some TEXAS WISDOM that I wanted to share with you all ( y’all is said in one syllable .. ‘yawl’ ..)

Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment!

If you find yourself in a hole .. the first thing to do is to stop diggin’!

Never miss a good chance to shut up!

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back in!

Don’t squat when you’re wearing your spurs!

If you’re riding ahead of the herd .. now and then take a look back to be sure it is still there!

Always drink up stream of the herd!

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day!

Never slap a man who’s chewin’ tobacco!

There’s two theories to arguin’ with a woman .. neither one works!

This morning I sent-out-a-feeler e-mail to the YMCA in Hong Kong, China, and asked them if there were any dorm beds open in mid-January.  The ‘itch’ to return to Hong Kong and then to India is sure there .. BUT .. the ‘calling’ I always await has NOT come to me. 

Meanwhile back up North in Anchorage .. Patti (well I think) is busy scurrying around to get the legal estate matters finished ASAP so she can possibly get back down here to join me in Michigan before I ‘head on out’ somewhere.

Another scenario is for Patti to hitch-up with me as I roll through San Francisco heading West for Asia.  That is IF I go.

So stayed tuned ‘yawl’ !

/s/  Cap and the Travelin’ Bobbseys Here With Me ‘itching to travel more’.
The hard-core India-Bobbseys are waiting for us IN India in Agra Cantt with Jeevan Lal.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

DEC 25, 12 .. MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY  CHRISTMAS !

MERRY  CHRISTMAS !

AND AN ENORMOUS THANK YOU ALL WITH OUR MOST SINCERE GRATITUDE TO YOU WHO HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ALONG WITH US THESE PAST FEW MONTHS !

WITH GREAT HOLIDAY JOY FROM THE TWO OF US !  PATTI AND CAP ..

Friday, 21 December 2012

DEC 21, 12 .. PERFECTIONISM LEADS TO PROCRASTINATION WHICH LEADS TO PARALYSIS !


 Oh Yes .. those life crippling  ..  THREE  P’s !

PERFECTIONISM .. trying to be PERFECT .. LEADS TO ..

PROCRASTINATION .. I can’t do this perfect so I will ’put-off-even-starting-to-do-this’ ..

PROCRASTINATION .. leads straight to .. ‘Zilla ‘Do NOT Pass Go’ ..

PARALYSIS .. a 100% total lock-down .. stop-before-you-even-begin negative state-of-mind !

And I am one of them .. sad to say .. I'm a perfectionist ..

But I have learned how-to-deal-with this crippling affliction of perfectionism .. because I have found and I use several very important  tools to deal with it!  Perhaps my greatest single tool is the below wisdom.  I hope you study it!

I AM ONLY ONE ..  BUT STILL  .. I AM ONE!

I CANNOT DO EVERYTHING ..  BUT STILL  ..

I CAN DO SOMETHING!

AND BECAUSE I CANNOT DO EVERYTHING ..

I WILL NOT REFUSE TO DO THE SOMETHING I CAN DO!   

          MAY GOD BLESS YOU MY CENTURIES DEAD ‘MENTOR’ ..

             MISTER EDWARD EVERETT HALE ..

I’m sitting in my kitchen here in Royal Oak, Michigan, ‘whapped out’ from the trip .. so exhausted that it took two hours to ‘get some breakfast together’ .. and ..
My Web Mistress Gullible telephones me ‘in-my-head’ .. “Cap DON’T EVEN START THIS WRITING YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT .. IT WILL BE TERRIBLE!”

“But Gullible!” .. “Don’t BUT ME Captain .. you heard me!” .. “Sit on it! /s/ Gullible!"
Gee I hang up the phone and ‘Tom Tiger 48067’ telephones me ‘in my head’ .. “Cap .. how on earth can you pride yourself on driving six hours without getting out of your driver’s seat!  CAP GIVE ME A BREAK .. I am a professional trucker .. I drove for many years .. after six hours behind the wheel I would yawn and say six hours more to go before I take a break and in the first six hours I would have driven AT LEAST 420 miles .. not your piddling 319 miles! .. and further Cap .. I would have cut at least one full hour off your time!  A professional trucker would have exited Michigan Highway 14 off I-94 and cut through Ann Arbor to I-275 and run North to I-696 and been in your home by a minimum of an hour earlier than you were and I would’ve avoided the mess you ran into passing through Ann Arbor!  Heck .. I may’ve saved an hour-and-a-half Cap!" 

Man Tom Tiger 48067 you are now Tom TRUCKER 48067!

A quick aside .. Patti and I are rolling from Shreveport, Louisiana, heading West for Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas, in the middle-of-the-night and we call ‘Tom Tiger 48067’ and say .. “Tom we are on I-20 outta Shreveport rollin’ for Dallas / Fort Worth.”  .. Tom says .. “Cap and Patti .. say hello to Exit 182 called Engel Road!”

No matter where we called Tom from .. he would KNOW THAT specific  road!  AMAZING TOM .. ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY AMAZING MY MAN!!  YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER!

OK .. I hang up the telephone 'in-my-head' again and my Web Master Andre telephones me ‘in-my-head’ and says “Cap .. now you see why EVEN I YOUR WEB MASTER don’t read your posts!”

“What’s that you ask ‘Zilla?” .. “The point ‘Zilla?” .. 

 HERE’S THE POINT I AM MAKING! ..

ALL OF US HAVE THESE DRATTED-PERSISTANT-NAGGING-NEGATIVE-COMMITTEES INSIDE OF OUR HEADS .. AND IF I CAN SHUT-MY-COMMITTEES-UP AND MOVE FORWARD .. IT IS A SPIRITUAL TRUTH OF THE UNIVERSE THAT YOU CAN TOO!

Another phone call ‘in-my-head’ .. “What’s that Patti?  Work on my spelling and my grammer (grammar) some more!” .. “I do miss you here with me proof-reading these ramblings my dear one!”

“What’s that Julia Cameron?” .. “Oh YES .. it is the writing itself that calls ideas forth .. so just-begin-to-write and the ideas will flow!”  Again THANKS BRAD 49855 for the gift of Julia Cameron and “The Right to Write” ..

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This is what I started out to write .. a brief trip synopsis .. are you with me here ROBERT  94596?

We left Sunday, November the 18th .. and both of us .. Patti to Anchorage and myself to Royal Oak .. returned to our ‘homes’ on Thursday, December the 20th.  So our total trip was thirty three (33) days.  We drove through MI, OH, KY, TN, AL, MS, LA, TX, LA, MS, AL, TN, KY, IN, IL (Patti left in Chicago, IL) and I drove back myself from IL into MI.  Some 11 states. 

We drove 4,597.7 miles total.  139.3 miles driving per day on average. 

Gasoline cost from a high of $3.40 per gallon in Chicago all the way down to $2.95 per gallon in Alabama.  We saw it priced (where everyone else was buying their gasoline!) as low as $2.85 per gallon.  On the trip we spent $778.14 for gasoline (I have not yet filled up the tank since driving here from Chicago yesterday ROBERT 94596).  We purchased a total of 254.635 gallons of gasoline.   So our average cost per gallon was just under $3.06 ($3.056 to be exact).

The miles driven in the above gasoline totals (from100% full in Toledo, OH back to 100% full in Chicago) were a total of 4,194 miles so we averaged 16.478 miles per gallon of gasoline over this distance.  Our best was 18.246 miles per gallon in one stretch (298.2 miles) on the highway down to 17.638 (668 miles) and 17.412 (230.4 miles). NOT BAD FOR A BIG 1998 GMC SUBURBAN!  Clement in France ‘Googled’ this so he could see what our Suburban ‘Black Beauty’ looks like!

Robert 94596 where would I be if I hadn’t met you in October of 1965?  Here’s where I’d be .. alone in my own mind .. ah but I have you and your mind along with me as a fellow companion with me and with my mind!

 “What’s that Gullible” .. “Well I guess a few people are following along here!”           

“Yes ‘Zilla?” .. “Why so much detail ‘Zilla?” ..

SIMPLY BECAUSE  ‘Zilla .. I  can ‘see-in-my-mind’s-eye’ some of my gentle and humble friends over in India enthusiastically following along with us on their maps of the USA!  A trip few if any of them will ever have the opportunity to make.  FEW OF THEM have been able to SEE AS MUCH OF THEIR OWN INDIA as I have been blessed to see.  Lord how I miss being in India!  Mohnish and Sharma and Ivan and Lawrence and Jeevan and Vikas and Raj and Shivam (in 110 055) and many many more of you .. I’m leaving out you in Calcutta and in Goa and in the South .. Pondy and Kodikanal .. do not bet against me surprising-you-all with an in-person visit much sooner than any of us expects .. starting with me!  

Trust  ..  me  ..  on  ..  this!       I .. do .. know .. how .. to .. do .. world .. travel!   Health and Buckaroos and Guts .. I have all three on my side!

And in One-Short-New-York-Minute I can get going!  To quote Eli Wallach in ‘The Good The Bad and The Ugly’  .. “IF you are going to shoot!  SHOOT!  Don’t Talk!”  What a scene and what a line!

BUT HEALTHWISE .. This dratted Benign Positional Vertigo has given-to-me a huge wake-up-call!  All of our time-here is limited!  So (with discernment Father Abello!) DO IT NOW IF you are ever going to do it!  How could I NOT RETURN TO CALCUTTA!?  This is ‘tearing-me-up’ I so long to return to India .. and SOON!

“Yes Gullible?” .. “Call this a wrap you say Gullible?” .. “OK” ..

Since I began writing back in December of 1990 .. I will be forever grateful to those of you who have chosen to follow-along-with-me!  And to those of you who have joined me along-the-way-since!!

With MUCH LOVE on this Holiday Season .. I sign off for now .. Cap ..

So Patti my dear one .. call me when you've proofed this .. in the meantime the above is out-for-the-world-to-see-warts-and-all!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

DEC 20, 12 .. THURSDAY EVENING CHIT-CHAT FROM DETROIT ..



ALL’S  WELL  THAT  ENDS  WELL !

9:50 PM ‘in the East’ .. Royal Oak (Detroit Metro Area) Michigan

Patti is home safe in Anchorage .. and I am home safe in Michigan.

 Patti’s flight left Chicago O’Hare late but made up about one-half-hour or more en route arriving right-on-time.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND NOR DO I ENDORSE THE FOLLOWING .. yet for a professional truck driver it is NOTHING!  In fact for a 'professional driver' it'd be a poor drive!  .. But I am not a professional driver. 

This morning I left Schiller Park, Illinois .. near O’Hare International .. I got into my truck and for the next five hours and fifty five minutes I drove .. I did not stop except in stop-and-go traffic .. and I did not get up out of my seat .. I did not exceed the posted speed limits at any time .. and covered three hundred nineteen miles (319.7 miles) .. and I say .. “Not bad for a seventy six year old non-professional driver!”

“What’s that ‘Zilla?” .. “Nifty!” .. “Why thank you ‘Zilla!  Heck .. you and I used to motorcycle like this in Europe in the mid-1970s!” ..

“What’s that Chad 45039?”  .. “You drive double this time driving and miles running from 45039 up to Helmer in the ‘U.P.’ !”

And on this trip Patti has done about the same .. Patti can get in and sit and drive and drive and drive.  One Patti-stint was 272 miles up from Theodore, Alabama, to the North side of Birmingham, Alabama, last Monday night into Tuesday morning.

I did encounter SEVERAL HOURS of HORRIFIC RAIN AND WIND!  Wind that was taking my Suburban and moving it one-lane-over .. that was ‘spooky’!

And now the time has come to sack it and to go to bed .. early I know but I am a tad ‘bushed’.

So I will call this a-wrap .. Smiles from Patti and I ..

DEC 20, 12 .. THURSDAY MORNING CHIT-CHAT FROM CHICAGO ..


As I write these few words .. at 10:10 AM on Thursday the 20th .. I just heard from Patti as I sit in our Motel 6 room and Patti is now ON THE PLANE IN HER SEAT AND READY TO FLY NORTH TO ALASKA .. they said as they always say .. “If it has an on / off switch .. TURN IT OFF!”

We got Patti to O’Hare Airport a full two (2) hours early and all has gone well.  Now I will pack-it-out-of-here and head for Detroit, Michigan, but first I will have to ‘zen’ my way through Chicago morning traffic.  It is all attitude and we did just fine last night.

So far we have had rain but have had NO SNOW yet .. but it is still predicted to arrive later today and I hope I am well clear of Chicago when (and if) the snow arrives from the West.

Much Joy From Patti and From Myself ..

AND THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST .. ALWAYS .. THANK YOU FROM BOTH OF US ! 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

DEC 19, 12 .. SAFELY INTO CHICAGO ..


WHEW !  I’ll say it again with emphasis !  WHEW !

We are safely into Chicago, Illinois, close to O’Hare International Airport and all set to have Patti fly North to Alaska tomorrow morning the 20th .. 

Patti and I left Speedway, Indiana (on the West Side of Indianapolis) and headed for Chicago, Illinois, sometime around 2:30 PM .. and got into our Motel 6 here in Schiller Park, Illinois, sometime around 6:30 PM .. PHENOMENAL time considering the traffic we encountered during 5 PM Rush Hour ..

We two left the Indianapolis area ..

AFTER we visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway including the Hall of Fame and Racing Museum for cars and for drivers.  VERY NICE!  I enjoyed it especially since I worked at the Speedway back in April and May of 1969 when I was in professional automobile racing as a mechanic.

AFTER a nice lunch at a local Cracker Barrel Restaurant.

Tomorrow morning I am going to spend perhaps the best $20 of the entire trip when I pay a cab driver to take Patti to O’Hare and I avoid the enormous hassle of finding O’Hare at ‘o dark o’clock’ at 7 AM with a six-inch snow blizzard ‘due in’ soon this evening!

I GOTTA’ TELL YOU ALL .. WE ARE BUSHED (TIRED) even though I slept two of the hours on the way here while Patti drove.  Patti got us to I-90 and I drove the rush hour jam from I-90 at I-65.

SO over and out for now with much joy from Patti and Cap!

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE BELOW POST ALSO DATED TODAY THE 19th OF DECEMBER ..

DEC 19, 12 .. TWO PHENOMENAL THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR 'BUCKET LIST' !


OH MY OH MY .. YOU MAY WANT TO PUT THESE TWO THINGS ON YOUR ‘BUCKET LIST’!

“What’s that ‘Zilla?” .. “What am I going to do with you my friend?!” .. “A BUCKET LIST is the things you really want to do before you kick-the-bucket!” .. I have to giggle when I think of you in India trying to figure out terms such as ‘kick-the-bucket’ .. ‘kick-the-bucket’ is a term describing death .. and I myself should ‘google’ this term to see where in the world it originated!

1.  THE BELLINGRATH GARDENS IN THEODORE, ALABAMA.

(Subtitle)  DURING ‘CHRISTMAS LIGHTS’ SEASON !!

AND ..

IF YOU LIKE ‘DOWN-HOME-MUSIC’ ..

BEFORE YOU DIE YOU MUST VISIT ..

2.  THE ‘COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME’ IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.

When Patti and I began to motor South last November the 18th .. Patti said to me “I would like to see Nashville, Tennessee on our way” .. I was driving when we passed through Nashville on our way South during the dead of a dark night and did NOT stop in Nashville.  Stop?  I did NOT even pause! 

At Patti’s request to see Nashville, I thought silently to myself .. “We MUST also visit the Bellingrath Gardens down on the Gulf of Mexico just South of Mobile, Alabama.”  The Bellingrath Gardens came to mind  because of Patti’s love of gardening and flowers and beauty therein!”  Patti had never even heard of the Bellingrath Gardens!

Christmas Lights at The Bellingrath Gardens..  UNBELIEVEABLE .. PHENOMENAL! .. BEYOND THESE ADJECTIVES!

After we left the Bellingrath Gardens about 9PM in the evening, we stopped to gas-up in Theodore, Alabama, and decided to re-book Patti’s flight from Atlanta to Anchorage and change it from Chicago to Anchorage, Alaska.  Done deal!  

THEN I looked at the map and thought .. “I am good-to-drive-all-night! .. Mobile and North to Montgomery and North to Birmingham should be no-sweat!  I wonder .. can we make Nashville?” .. “NO BUT we can drive out of this gas station .. and we will!” .. PATTI knocked down Montgomery and Birmingham (272 ever-lovin’-night-driving-miles) and gave the wheel to me (I slept four hours in the back of our Suburban!) .. when it comes to ‘serious wheeling’ .. PATTI  IS  A  HORSE!  Patti’s prime hours of her life are from about 10PM to 4AM ..

Well the two of us sure did .. as I wrote yesterday .. we ‘paused’ in Cornersville, Tennessee to cat-nap .. and then we saw the sights in Nashville!

I’d picked up a ‘hand-full’ of Nashville-Tourist-Brochures en route during the night and I handed them to Patti and said .. “Your move .. you write our script for Nashville!”

After studying them carefully .. Patti said .. “Let’s go to the Country Music Hall of Fame”.

AND WE TWO DID! .. OH MY DID WE EVER! .. WE SPENT FIVE (5) OR SO HOURS VISITING / ENJOYING THE  ‘COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME’ .. three floors .. videos / movies / displays / sounds .. you have to experience this to even begin to know what I CANNOT adequately write about  here!  IT’S BEYOND THE BEYOND!

And now Wednesday Morning we gotta’ go .. we stopped in Speedway, Indiana, on the West side of Indianapolis, Indiana, last night.  You know .. to ‘catch-our’breath’ after some 850-or-so miles of driving up from Slidell, Louisiana .. now before us is the run into Chicago and North to O’Hare International Airport located North and West of downtown Chicago. 

Because of traffic in Chi-Town .. this ‘piddling little 200-mile run’ will take us HOURS ! It ‘should’ take us three-plus hours and it  will take us six hours or more I think .. horrible horrific traffic we are looking at encountering!

Patti (can y’all imagine poor Patti is ‘tired’) .. is still sleeping and I want this to ’go-on-line’.. so WITHOUT PATTI ‘PROOFING’ THIS .. here it cometh!

WITH JOY .. OVER AND OUT .. WE GOTTA GET OUTTA HEAH .. Patti and Cap signing off ..

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR JOURNEY!   

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

DEC 18, 12 .. CHICAGO HERE WE COME ..


      THAT'S CORRECT!  CHICAGO  HERE  WE  COME ..

      A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN OUR PLANS ..

      As I write this it is about 6:45 A.M. on Tuesday, December the 18th.

      And I feel great .. the Benign Positional Vertigo challenge remains at peace and idle!  Again thanks for your concern!

       Patti and I are now in Cornersville, Tennessee, about 50 miles South of Nashville, Tennessee.  We drove through the night .. a little over 400 miles .. from West of Mobile, Alabama, up here North on Interstate Highway 65 (I-65).  We are going to nap in the truck and then go into Nashville and see some sights.  Then we will continue to head North on I-65 through Louisville, Kentucky, into Indiana and on to Chicago, Illinois.

        THE CHANGE IN PLANS IS THIS : Patti was going to fly from Atlanta, Georgia, to Seattle, Washington, and then continue on up to Anchorage, Alaska, this coming Thursday the 20th.

      NOW Patti is going to fly .. direct non-stop .. from Chicago, Illinois, to Anchorage, Alaska.  This is much much better because the trip is many hours shorter .. because the route itself .. direct from Chicago to Anchorage .. is less and there will be no layover in Seattle en route .. and she will arrive into Anchorage about 1:20 PM on Thursday.

      To do this .. we just had to do a little 920-mile run up from Slidell, Louisiana to Chicago O’Hare International Airport.  And we have knocked off about 450 of those miles running up here from Slidell yesterday and this morning.

      As ‘Zilla would say .. ‘Nifty’ little piece of driving!

      So there you have it!

      With Joy From Your Two Road Warriors .. Cap and Patti!

       I HAVE NO IDEA OF WHY THE MARGIN IS WHERE IT IS .. OH SIGH .. WHAT AN ADVENTURE 'WORD' IS AND CAN BE .. 'WORD' HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN!

Monday, 17 December 2012

DEC 17, 12 .. MONDAY MORNING CHIT - CHAT ..


Before I get started here .. I want to say ..

THANKS TO YOU WHO HAVE VOICED CONCERN to me about this new ‘challenge’ in my life .. the visitation to me of Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV) ..

I had decided that I would thank 99631 and 99502 and 48067 and 48025 and 92307 AND .. well you get it .. I could go on and on here ..

Jeanne and Karolynn specifically speak from personal experience either with BPV or with the medication prescribed for me.

As I write these few words Monday Morning, December 17th .. I feel as if this matter has settled down and is resolved .. I took the ‘meds’ four consecutive days ‘as prescribed’ .. three-a-day .. not to mention the one ‘med’ given me in the ER last Wednesday (I think I shall remember 12 / 12 / 12 for some years to come!) and will stop taking them as-of-now this morning .. because the Doctor specifically said to me ..  “Only take this medication when you are feeling the symptoms.” .. and I feel quite ‘normal’ this morning ..

ODD! .. all day yesterday I was thinking to myself .. “Basically all-of-my-life .. since I was a child .. into my teen years .. and into my adult years right-up-to-this-moment .. I have avoided carnival and amusement park rides because I absolutely hate to feel dizzy and off-balance and disoriented!

Why people enjoy these rides at amusement parks absolutely amazes me!

The rain has returned to the Gulf Coast Region of Louisiana.

So Patti and I are not going to return to New Orleans and points South .. namely Venice, Louisiana, and later this morning the two of us will head East to Mobile, Alabama.  There in the Mobile greater area we plan to visit the famous and phenomenal BELLINGRATH GARDENS in Theodore, Alabama, en route North to Atlanta and Patti’s departure for Anchorage this upcoming Thursday the 20th ..

Over and out for now from Patti and Cap ..

Call it-a-wrap Captain and press ‘Publish’ ..

Saturday, 15 December 2012

DEC 15, 12 .. SLIDELL LOUISIANA .. NORTH OF NEW ORLEANS ..


As I write .. temperature-wise ..  it is in the 50’s both here in Slidell, Louisiana, and Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.  100 F degrees different.

When Patti and I called Ernie and Ann .. our neighbors up in Manley Hot Springs .. to visit with them .. they calmly announced .. “It is Fifty Below up here.”

No big deal .. just .. “It is Fifty Below up here.”  No exclamation mark .. what is simply is in December up in the Interior of Alaska.  What is .. it is winter in the interior!

Patti and I ‘rolled out’ of Lafayette, Louisiana, about 11:35 AM this morning and were settled into Motel 6 here in Slidell, Louisiana, about 5 PM.  An easy 165-mile drive .. with a wonderful stop at Tom 48067’s favorite ‘generic’ eatery down here in the South .. a Waffle House Restaurant!  Down here in the South the Waffle House Restaurants appear to ‘outnumber’ McDonalds considerably.  They seem to be on every street corner!  And our late lunch was to-die-for good!  And very reasonably priced.

Patti and I are going to ‘hunker down’ here in Slidell and watch a full slate of NFL Football Games tomorrow and ..

And tomorrow evening we two will watch the season finale of Survivor!  On CBS .. 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central Time.

A nice .. very ‘low key’ day for us ..

Much Joy From Cap and From Patti ..

 “Mommy?” .. “What Dear?” .. “Mommy that man walking there looks drunk Mommy!” .. “He is not drunk Dear .. he is just experiencing Benign Positional Vertigo and only ‘looks drunk’!”

“What’s that ‘Zilla?” .. “It looks like for the rest-of-my-life maybe?”