Two Days in a Car

Yesterday I posted that two of my friends and myself were headed out for a road trip which would take us from Pennsylvania to Texas.  While this sounds like a great adventure it was a total of over 28 hours in a car, with a few stops and a little food along the way.

The day started with both of my travel buddies laughing as I brought out my agreed upon luggage to the already fully loaded car.  Since  neither of them stuck to the plan, we suddenly had a lot of luggage to deal with.  With a little luck and ingenuity, we managed to pack all of our luggage and camera gear into the car and was still able to see out of the back window.

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Next stop, TEXAS…..  Yea right.

Actually our next stop was the New River Gorge in West Virginia.  The color of the trees were great and it made for a great first stop.

New River Gorge

Our next stop was Dairy Queen, just down the road.  This may seem like it’s not really noteworthy, but let me tell this little side note.  As we picked our seat out, Margie said lets sit at the table.  Ok no problem, except the stools are about four and a half feet off the floor and Margie, well lets just say she isn’t. Let the laughter begin as she tried and tried to get up on that very high seat.  With a little help and a few tears from laughing we were able to enjoy the first meal of the trip together.

This is about 2 o’clock in the afternoon, back in the car and headed for Texas.  If you have never made the drive through West Virginia let me just say it takes FOREVER.  Needing to make it to Texas by Tuesday afternoon for check in to our room we decided to drive as far as we could.  So we drove and we drove and we drove, stopping from time to time for a quick snack and to stretch our legs.  I drove until about one in the morning when we decided to stop and get a few hours sleep in the car, we were now in Mississippi.

This morning we reluctantly arose around sunrise from our “rest” in a little truck stop off of Interstate 59 in Mississippi and continued our journey towards our destination in Galveston, Tx just a short jaunt of about 480 miles lay in front of us.

What I can as that upon arrival in a complete downpour, when the weather broke and we were able to enjoy the view from the balcony of our room for this week.  It was COMPLETELY worth the drive.

Gulf of Mexico

This evening we went to a local place to eat called Kelley’s Country Cookin in La Marque and the fried shrimp was out of this world.

Shrimp

Hope you enjoyed the first two days of our adventure and keep checking back for more from here in Texas.

Take Some Time for Yourself

This morning on the way to work I was listening to a bluegrass radio station and a song came on called “Some Kind of War” which really got me thinking about things.  The chorus of the song goes like this:

Its hard to know what someones going through unless your standing right there in their shoes. It’s not always on CNN or on some distant shore. Life itself can be a battlefield and we’re all fighting some kind of war.

In our everyday life we come across so many different people and we really never know what is going on in their lives. We can’t control their lives heck, sometimes we can’t control our own either. What we can control is how we deal with people and situations.

I guess my point is this. Greet people with a smile, a little compassion, show respect, and who knows how you might affect their lives.  And if you’re in a situation that seems out of control take some time and look at the leaves in the trees and all that this world has to offer that is good.  Take some time to yourself, relax, and listen to a little bluegrass.

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Whats on the Other Side

Yesterday I received some news about my job which is concerning.  Some of you may know that I work as a store manager for Radio Shack in Pittsburgh.  I started as a part timer in 2011 and worked my way up to assistant manager then store manager.  I truly enjoy the work that I do and have made some great friends along the way.  But with the announcement of Radio Shack declaring bankruptcy, I find myself at  a cross roads of sorts.  The company has started the liquidation process on many stores and so far my store isn’t on the list, but I’m relatively certain that it will be added in the very near future.

So here I sit just 9 days short of my 39th birthday with a very uncertain future.  I have a lot of experience and have no doubt that I will be able to land on my feet in a very short period of time but the question for me is: Which way do I go? Stay in retail or try something completely different?

Obviously I have some very important decisions to make in the very near future, but for now I’ll ponder a quote from a Robert Frost poem that I have enjoyed for years,

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Tonight I took a photo of an alley in Pittsburgh and this poem and my situation came to mind.  Maybe it’s time for me to take a stroll down the less traveled path and see whats on the other side of the steam in the photo.
Dark Street

My Thoughts on New Years Resolutions

The new year has arrived and I have seen many post on various social media sites about New Year Resolutions.  I have to admit that in the past I have played the game and made a few of my own.  And just like most people, I would venture to guess, some have been kept while others have fallen by the way side.

It is my opinion that many resolutions are lost as they really don’t mean anything to the person making them in the first place.  Making a New Year Resolution needs to be something that you drive towards, something that affects your life, something, shall I say, profound.  We shouldn’t make a resolution just because someone said we need to, you should make it because you see the absolute need for it.  Many times, over the years, we have all said, this year I’m going to:  get in shape, lose weight, get a better job, travel, and the list goes on and on.  And for some those are the resolutions that they absolutely need. But for most it’s just words.  Yea sure they go to the gym for a couple of weeks or months then its right back to the old ways.  And those that stick to it, Great for You!  I guess what I’m trying to say is really reflect on what you need to change in your life and then make a conscious effort daily to make the difference.

So you might be wondering what my New Year Resolution is for 2014.  Well to tell you that I first have to tell you about my 2013 resolution.  In December of 2012 I was eating regularly at McDonald’s.  And when I say regularly I mean just about every day.  So I really thought long and hard about something that really need to change and McDonald’s was it for me.  So my 2013 resolution was to not buy anything from McDonald’s.  And on New Years eve I went for my last Big Mac and, well lets just say, some other items. 🙂  And for the entire year of 2013 I steered clear of McDonalds. And last night at the stroke of midnight, I made it.  Now this may not seem like much, but for me this was something in my life that really needed to change.

So what’s in store for 2014?  Well tonight on the first day of the year, I went to McDonalds to get some dinner, stood at the counter for 10 min while every employee, including the manager, ignored the fact that I was there and then said to myself, I guess I really didn’t miss this and the I walked out…  So once again in 2014 I’m going to boycott McDonalds. And as for my one big thing for this year..  Now where did I put that gym membership card?

Stay tuned I’ll let you know what the real one is as soon as I figure it out.