Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores
Photographer Patricia Gulick

Monday, February 13, 2017

2/13/17 RMB Valentine Adventure

2/13/17 RMB Valentine Adventure

Happy Valentine’s Day Rita Mae Brown,

Plans were cast for a Valentine weekend of work and fun. After loading my car to capacity, okay maybe over capacity, at 7:30 am on Friday morning, I pointed the nose northeastwards. All went quite well for the first hour.

That’s when the check engine light came on. I pulled over can called my most excellent mechanic. “If it’s running okay, I’d keep going and bring it in next week.” He said.

For good measure, I went to Autozone, who he said would printout an error report for me. They did. He still could not pinpoint the problem sight unseen and gave the same advice as before.

It ran okay for the next hundred or so miles. Along the way, my cell phone died. I carried on. I managed to complete five of my eleven stops. Darkness fell and, even though my work was less than halfway done, I headed to Teddy’s to begin my weekend visit.  

Within a mile of her place, the car ceased “running okay”. But it got me there. And once there, in the shelter of her home and friendship, all was well again. After trying a different charger, the phone even came back to life!

The next morning, we loaded my deliveries in her car and spent a wonderful Saturday driving from 29 Palms to Joshua Tree, Indio, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and back again. This wasn’t how we planned to spend the day, but I greatly appreciated her transport for my work.

Sunday afternoon we enjoyed a performance of the play Almost Maine by the Hi-Desert Playhouse. It was a romantic comedy, full of wit and delightful dialogue. The acting was superb. Dinner with friends at The Saloon held a special treat, as the cast and crew filed in behind us for their closing night dinner.

It’s Monday now and I should be back at my desk in San Diego. Instead I marvel at the way some work can be accomplished from a hundred miles away via the technology of our time.

I await word on my car, while enjoying being “stuck” in an extended weekend among friends. In the middle of our chaotic world, with mechanical, electrical and humankind issues, I pray for the best for every one of us, near and far.

All my best,

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