Strap Yourself In. This Might Be A Long One!
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8 Comments Strap Yourself In. This Might Be A Long One! - 07-06-2006 23:18:59
Rebecca on a long dusty road. As I said in my last post, we just moved. While this is definitely a good thing, it also might get expensive. We finally have a place to call our own and it would be nice to buy some nice furniture and fix the place up they way we want to. Problem with that of course is the money. Why does it always come down to that? Eloise is out of school right now so she has no income and she's about to take off to Brazil for five weeks. I've just started paying my back taxes which total about $6,000 after all of the penalties and late fees. I haven't been saving to pay my taxes this year, which if I don't pay them will void the payment aggreement I have with the IRS for the 04 & 05 back taxes. On top of that I'm still paying off $17,000 worth of credit card debt I accumulated quite a few years ago. On a good note, the $17,000 is exactly half of what I owed when I started trying to catch up with it all. Here's where all of this is going... I need a trip. A nice long road trip to be exact. This is nothing new though, I always need one of those. What is new is all of the things happening lately that make me think I need to start living life a little better, or at least faster. I haven't spent much of my life worrying about what's going to happen. I've always considered myself indestructable. These days it seems like there's more and more people who I could have sworn were indestructable that are finding out that they aren't. I can't sleep some nights because I my stupid brain keeps thinking the worst things. Thinking about myself or the people I love getting sick or dying does nothing for the level of stress I've been feeling lately. There was a time when my stress reliever was my Chevron card. Whenever I felt like I needed to get gone, I got gone and paid for it later. I can't really do that these days. I have the J-O-B that is pretty much non-stop. If I want to take time off I have to work my ass off ahead of time to get everything done and set up so it's a simple process for my co-workers to handle things while I'm gone. Even if I could take the time off, I don't have the extra cash for such a trip. I'd have to rent a car(SUV since I like to get off the highway as much as possible) because I wouldn't trust mine to make any long trips, gas prices are fucking insane and I'd actually have to pay for hotels quite often. Last time I went on a trip like I'm thinking about I was by myself. I think I paid for a place to stay maybe 3 or 4 nights out of almost three weeks on the road. I was a stinky fucker but I was happy and alone so it didn't matter. This time I want to take Eloise I doubt she'd dig sleeping in rest stops and not showering for days at a time. That brings me to another reason I've been thinking about hitting the road again for the past few days. On the 4th of July a website I frequent posted a link to a video by Shooter Jennings for a song called "4th of July". The locations in the video are some of my favorite places to go within a days drive. Funny thing, the last time I visited those places I had Eloise in the car with me and we were on our way back from seeing Shooter Jennings and David Allen Coe in LA. I've hit the road more times than I can count and it's almost always just me. Although I'd never been a fan of the whole relationship thing(before I met Eloise that is), I often thought about how great it would be if I had someone with me that could appreciate the things I was seeing and getting to do. This song kinda hits home with that and makes me want to jump in the car with the Blondie and go. I've been listening to it pretty much non-stop since I heard it and I'm sure Eloise wants to smack me, but every time I hear it I can see her in my mind "pretty as can be, sitting in the front seat looking at me, telling me she loves me, and she's happy to be with me". So keep your fingers crossed for us that we get to do that sooner rather than later. Here's a link to the video for ya... Shooter Jennings - 4th of July And here's the lyrics so you can sing along...
Alone with the morning burning red in the canvas in my head
Painting a picture of you
And me driving across country, in a dusty old RV
Just the road and its majesty
And I'm looking at you with the world in the rear view
Chorus
You were pretty as can be, sitting in the front seat
Looking at me, telling me you love me, and your happy to be,
With me on the 4th of July
We sang Stranglehold to the stereo
Couldn't take no more of that rock n roll
So we put on a little George Jones and just sang along
Those white lines get drawn into the sun if you aint got no one
To keep you hanging on
And there you were like a queen with your nightgown,
Riding shotgun from town to town
Staking a claim on the world we found
And I'm singing to you, your singing to me ,you were out of the blue to a boy like me
Chorus
You were pretty as can be, sitting in the front seat
Looking at me, telling me you love me, and your happy to be,
With me on the 4th of July
We sang Stranglehold to the stereo
Couldn't take no more of that rock n roll
So we put on a little George Jones and just sang along
and im looking for you in the silence that we share
Chorus
You were pretty as can be, sitting in the front seat
Looking at me, telling me you love me, and your happy to be,
With me on the 4th of July
We sang Stranglehold to the stereo
Couldn't take no more of that rock n roll
So we put on a little George Jones and just sang along
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