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Oct. 5th, 2007

You know it's been a hard week when you find yourself making last Monday's post on Friday night. Last week was a shit week. This week has just had way too many meetings and a 2 day long digital production summit. Summit sounds like we should be at Camp David or something.

I missed my freaking train last weekend. I pulled into the station just as it was pulling out. Considering it was averaging 70 mph and I could only go 35 through the towns, there was no way I was going to pass it and get on at the next stop. So I drove on down to the farm. I felt like wasting time so I took every backroad I could find. I had just passed through Elmwood when I went under a railroad bridge. On the near side, painted in blue spray paint was the phrase, "BOOBIES ARE FUN!"

And I smiled and said to myself, why yes they are son. And if you never learn another lesson in school, that's a good one to remember!

Outside of Wyoming, I stopped at a farm selling peppers and got into a spirited discussion with the farmer. He was a stutterer but I found if I didn't look him square in the eye when I was talking to him, his speech was a lot beeter and he seemed relieved that I'd figured it out. After taking a peck of jalapenos, he told me he had a garden full of habaneros and if I wanted some they would just be $7 for half a bushel. I paid him $14 and we both went out with baskets to pick. We talked about farming and country versus city life. He almost had me convinced that I could still take up farming. It took us half an hour to pick a bushel of some of the hottest peppers known to man. I see lots of Tropical Terror in my future. And yes, I know I still owe some to some people.

I found and old school house to photograph. I'll save the rest for a later post. I made it down to Lewistown at around 1 pm and found my way to the cemetery to photograph the grave of a half sister of my great, great grandfather.

I made it to the farm around 2 pm and helped Dad finish the landscaping project before Deb (who was already down there) and I had to go to her younger brother's 34th birthday party. He has a nice new house with a huge backyard that backs up to the woods. Deb and I and other friends and relatives sat around shooting the breeze for awhile. Her brother Mark had constructed a firepit of native sandstone and we roasted hot dogs and venison sausages.

As the sun was going down, we headed inside for all the fixins. I remained on the deck to shoot the sunset. Thank the farmers for kicking up all the dust during harvest to create a sunset like this.



After dinner, Mark got to open his presents. We gave him a framed piece of handmade paper with hand lettered Celtic Ogham writing which read "Prosperity". I think it was one of the more unique gifts. He had a lot of fun opening all the gifts with his two sons, Connor and Andrew helping. Mark and Deb's Dad, Mike Sullivan was there as well as other family. Mike and I talked about fishing and his recent hunting trip to Colorado. Then came the cake. It was supposed to show a deer in tall Autumn grass. I told Mark's wife it looked like the deer was being burned alive.

The next morning, my folks left ot head back to NC. Rob and his son Evin came by about that time to go squirrel hunting and when they came out of the woods a few hours later, they said, "Let's go fishing!" I asked Rob if he wanted me to meet him in town and he said he'd rather come pick me up. I found out later that he just didn't want me to find out that Gwen had just asked him for a divorce. More on that story in another post. So we did what we had not done almost all summer and went fishing. Rob and I and the two kids, Evin and Belle. A good time was had by all and we ended up with more than 40 fish, bluegill and bass. We cleaned them on the tailgate and left the carcasses for the coyotes and coons.

I went home and took a nap. All that relaxing had worn me out. Later towards evening, Deb and went out to visit our friends Kenny and Lori at their farm on the other side of the county. We had fun speeding down the gravel roads to get there. Kenny had just finished combining all his corn for the year. He was getting 200 bushels and acre as opposed to my 171 but then he has better soil than me.

Deb and I watched a movie, made some popcorn and then went to bed early. Because I had to get up at 5:30 am and get on the road so I'd make it back for work. I was lucky enough to be heading out of twon as the sun was just coming up.



A brilliant sunset and sunrise all in the same trip. I made it back to Joliet by 9:30 and then headed into work.

Peace,

Wander

Comments

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brotherskeeper1
Oct. 6th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
The sunsets are beautiful, W.
I'll be glad to see your post about the old school house. Your photos are well liked by [Unknown LJ tag]. Thanks for all the info you provide about each place.

Have a good weekend!
wander
Oct. 6th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
I figure why post if you are not going to share all the info you come across.

W
ryl
Oct. 6th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
That cake looks like Bambi didn't make it out of the forest fire.
turtles_path
Oct. 8th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
speaking of last weekend
i dreamt of you. you were visiting me, except in the dream i lived in rural md (i'm more or less on the cusp - the few nearby farms that haven't been transformed into planned developments are mostly abandoned and slated for such). we went for a walk along rolling hills to a place where you had left a drum. we spoke of annapolis and how one doesn't have to wander far to take a meaningful journey. you found your drum in an old chicken coup, and sat down to play, eyes closed and a blissful smile radiating from your being. it was lovely, thanks for the visit.
wander
Dec. 7th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Re: speaking of last weekend
I've been saving this in my inbox to answer it. Not very often before last week did I remember my dreams. But I remembered this one. Lets try to take a walk somewhere when we actually get to meet.

W
turtles_path
Dec. 10th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of last weekend
:) sounds GOOD.
piscesdreams
Oct. 15th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
That harvest sunset is absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing that photo.
wander
Oct. 15th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Other than having to say goodbye to summer, I really like this time of the year for all it's color.

W
piscesdreams
Oct. 15th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
I thought these occured during the summer because of the increase in pollutants in the air. Boy... did I lose a lot of sleep waking up early hoping to catch something like this and then find out that it was not the right season!
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