Saturday, September 13, 2008

Vacation and Old Friends

Have you ever seen one of those movies that while the parents are away, the child has a wild party? Then miraculously the house is cleaned spotless before the parents get home the next day. Well, that did not happen here. Jesse did not have a party, and the house did not get miraculously cleaned before I got home. It is nice to be home, but I have spent the afternoon doing laundry and other chores – the vacation is over.

The Lubbock leg of our trip was fun. It is always good to see Toby’s mom and the West Texas weather was cool and nice while we were there. We also visited with Bear and Anny and their family. There are just some old friends that no matter how much time passes between visits, it always seems like it was just yesterday. The laughter and the love flows from their home. I have mentioned before that I could write a book on B&A stories that would be full of funny incidents that have happened to us through the years. On this visit, Bear made things perfect by running out of propane while cooking our burgers. Too bad he did not have any good neighbors that he could steal their propane. For that old story you can go back to this old post.

Sunday morning Toby and I rode our bikes 55th Street to the Texas Tech campus. Some of you may know that Toby and I met while going to school at TT back in the late 70’s – so we rode past some of our old haunts. We wanted to stop and have coffee at Starbuck’s, but neither of us brought any money on the bike ride. That did not stop us; we went in and begged for credit, "I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a coffee this morning." The very nice, young ladies working at Starbuck’s took pity and let us have coffee. Later that morning, we went back with our wallet and the young ladies thought it was very funny, but were thankful that we did actually come back and pay. We also rode around some neighborhoods and parks in Lubbock. Many of the streets have bike lanes making for a very enjoyable ride. And Lubbock is flat – I like that.

Monday morning we drove to Portales in the rain. The rain was not nearly as bad as the back roads that we took. I was a bit nervous to meet Buck, but once I saw him, I realized that the nervousness was gone. I felt like I had known him for years – and I have. The little incident that resulted in the Heimlich Maneuver, was a surprise – you can read Buck’s story for details. Miss Manners has not written much on the subject of how to act while choking or how to continue the conversation after the incident, but I had waited too long to get to meet Buck to let anything derail my visit. I loved meeting Buck. As Toby and I drove off, I thought, "Wow, I truly feel like Buck is an old friend." Next time, rather than meeting at a restaurant, I want to sit out on his veranda and drink beer while Buck smokes a cigar and we listen to his good music.

More to come…


inpassing said...

Wow! I've heard of "ice breakers" to get the conversation rolling, but Buck was really serious about making sure Toby felt included.

Dawn said...

woo hoo, awesome, Buck and ya'll meeting!!! It was great seeing the photo of you guys tonight :)
Your vacation seems to be going fantastic. We are in Belgrade, MT tonight.
We'll be doing Yellowstone tomorrow.
Sula MT was awesome!!
Just now got my computer running, maybe I'll post tonight :)
Have a blast girl!

Buck said...

"I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a coffee this morning." The very nice, young ladies working at Starbuck’s took pity and let us have coffee.

Well... good on them and good on you guys to ask! This is one of those "only in Texas" (or where ever) stories. I can't imagine the Starbucks store in my building in SFO doing that for perfect strangers... it just doesn't compute. They did front me once or twice, but I was on a first name basis with several of the baristas after about six months or so.

And there I go... running off at the keyboard.

Lunch in Portales was bizarre, wasn't it? That experience ranks right up there with the strangest episodes in my life, LOL! I owe Toby, big-time. And you, too, Lou. But... I think all was well that (a) went on well and (b) ended well. For me, anyway!

I like your "beer and cigars on the verandah" idea, Lou. A lot. ;-)

Bag Blog said...

Buck, our first meeting was a bit bizarre - hopefully a once in a lifetime happening and future meetings will be more sedate (couldn't think of a better word). Still, it was great seeing you in person, but I would rather break out the lawn chairs and sit on the veranda next time. And maybe have more time to visit.

Dawn, good to hear from you. Is it cool and nice in MT?

Towanda said...

I just LOVE the picture of you and Toby with Buck. I have never had a chance to meet many friends from the internet, but when I have, it is just so special - and you are indeed meeting an old friend, really. Looks like you all had a great time!