“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Monday, September 16, 2013

No serious thought today.


Today I am not doing any serious thinking, or any serious work.   I feel tired.  Instead, I believe I will drive North East,  further up into the mountains.  On the way, there's a tiny little town.  It used to be a cigarette smuggling hub, but the feds closed that down.  Now there is a post office, shut down years ago. There is  a gas station and convenience store, and a general store. The general store sells reloading supplies, ammo, boots, guns, and everything else. I will stop off there.   My wife loves to go because they have nice women's clothing, but I am cheating today and just going by myself.

Then further up the road there's a good cafe, and I'll have lunch there.  At the end of the trip is a big, deep blue lake. I will get myself a cold coke in a glass bottle and little cellophane bag of roasted peanuts. I'll pour the peanuts into the coke, and sit under a tree in the grass. I'll watch the clouds go over the lake.  Then come evening time I'll go home and do the chores.

Sometimes I just need to spend a quiet day doing nothing, away from my mountain top.

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  1. Have a bottle for me.

    It was an exhausting weekend. I can do without those.

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    1. It WAS an exhausting weekend. Sundays usually make me feel relaxed but I needed a trip out of the area today. Just couldn't unwind.

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  2. Have fun. I haven't poured peanuts into a small Coke since, well, forever.

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    1. I do that when I need a pick me up. As you say, it has to be a little glass bottle, not a plastic bottle, frosted cold. I usually eat hot peanuts but to mix with a coke I use the plain ones.

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  3. I love that picture. We lived on Buffalo Mountain in Johnson City, TN. My two-year-old son would stand and look at a similar scene, just stand with a slight breeze blowing his hair a bit. I often wondered what a child things of a scene like that. It is a lovely scene enhanced by your presence.

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    1. The three places to go for a tranquil life are the sea side, the mountains, and the desert. I've lived in all three environments, and I just don't know which is better. I'm comfortable here in the mountains, though.

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  4. Nice. I just don't get it though. Around here there is no end to the neat little nooks and crannies. Small towns tucked away, huge springs and of course caves. While I can think of any number of places to visit like you mention one thing is missing.... There are no neat little stores at any of these locations.

    Around here you're lucky to get a convenience store in these little places and most of those have closed up.

    Sounds like a nice day out and about. Enjoy sir.

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    1. Most places up here have ghastly tourist shops. Like tackey versions of the old tourist traps you used to see along the freeway. However, I know of two good country stores that cater to the needs of local people. One is only a short distance (relatively speaking) from me, but the one I went to today is a good drive. But it's a drive through the mountains, on a back road where you never see any other traffic.

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  5. A nice day just to relax. Enjoy sir.

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    1. Rob, you know how it is, some days you just need to get away and catch your breath.

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  6. Harry,
    Sounds like a good day out, think of me stuck in the office today!
    Please enlighten this Aussie, why do you put the peanuts into the bottle of coke?

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    1. Sgt,
      Sorry you're in the office, that brings back bad memories! Do you have to wear a tie? I had to eat lunch every single day with the boss, and spend an hour listening to him brag on himself. Small compensation for a free lunch.

      In the South, we put peanuts in a coke because it's refreshing and has a unique taste, plus it's fun to crunch the peanuts. Like we eat grits and red eye gravy, or boiled peanuts. It's a tribal thing I guess. Mostly only the older people do it now, television and the public schools have homogenized so many of the younger people so they no longer have any cultural affiliation. Not all, though, Thank God.

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    2. Yep, coat and tie which can be a bit of a drag in summer when the temperature is anything from 80 - 100+ degrees! At least I have my own office so I can eat my lunch in peace and read some blogs.

      I don't really drink coke (except mixed with rum) but I will definately try it with some peanuts. I looked up grits & red eye gravy, it is totally different to what I imagined - looks like savory porridge with thin gravy. When I visited the US in the 90's my friend (who was 60)was a big Root beer fan and was bemoaning the fact that modern Root Beer did not have the same kick as the old stuff. I tried some and all I can say is it is most certainly an acquired taste!

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    3. You haven't lived until you've had made at home root beer. It tastes great and you can use it to polish brass,too. ;-)

      Try the coke and peanuts. Remember, the coke has to be in a glass bottle, plastic doesn't get it. Also don't choke on the peanuts.

      I swore when I left my job I'd never wear a tie again. I don't even own one, or a suit. Red Eye gravy is good, but it's a world class stroke generator. More people in the Southern U.S. die of stroke than any other part of the county, because we tend to eat a lot of fried foods, and a lot of greasy food. At least we eat well before we stroke out.

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  7. Sounds like a great day to just get away for a bit. I've never had nuts like that in a Coke bottle. I have heard of doing that. Does it give the nuts a different flavor?



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    1. Alisa,
      I think the salt from the peanuts actually gives the coke a more tart taste, makes it a little less sweet. When I was a kid, getting a soft drink was a big deal. I used to put my peanuts in a bottle of RC Cola because there was more soda in the bottle. It was considered quite eccentric, if not heretical, so I suppose I started out being a bit different right from my childhood.

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  8. Sounds delightful Harry.

    Wish I could have a day just like that. I think we all need a little rest and relaxation sometimes. Hope it did your heart good to do something just for yourself :)

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    1. Tania,
      Sometimes I just need a break in routine. It might sound odd, being retired as I am, but if I'm not careful I have a natural tendency to gravitate to routine anyway and will get in a rut.

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  9. Hope you enjoyed your drive along the country roads, and chilling out by the lake, sounds a great way to spend a day :)

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    1. dreamer,

      It was nice. It's getting cold here now, although it's way too early for that. It was a nice, crisp day.

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  10. Beautiful View! Sounds like the makings of a good day to me.

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