La Cantina

Hi readers.

La Cantina Entry

A man who reads this blog sent me an email a while back offering to allow me to hook up and park mi casa where he lives in far-west Texas a night, or more if we found ourselves simpatico.  So after the WalMart parking lot in Midland, we trucked up there and said hello.

La Cantina bar

Eddie and Val, their names are.  Fine, fine, fine people.  The Coincidence Coordinators blessed me once again with an unexpected shot of reminder I’m the luckiest man alive.

I’ll digress a moment and suggest you notice the birdnests on the vigas and the droppings on the orno below.  This is the entryway into the section of their home Eddie built where they evidently spend most of their time and entertain guests.

La Cantina Fireplace

I spent a few days parked in their yard, hours of every day submerged in conversation with Eddie, Val, various relatives and neighbors, digesting my life, the flood of new learning I was doing, and a lot else, thanks mainly to Val, who was forever worrying whether I could drink some more coffee, eat some more of the fare she constantly provided, putting more wood on the fire.

La Cantina deer head

Val’s an ex-school teacher, biologist, and interesting lady.  Eddie’s an electrical engineer who spent much of his lifetime travelling all over the planet, first as a private contractor, then in a corporate capacity, then decided screw-it.  I ain’t doing this no more.

La Cantina hatrack

I met a lot of interesting people, heard a lot of intriguing world-views in that cantina while the wind howled outdoors.  I’ll be telling you more of that later.

But one question I was asked over and over during my stay.  “What the hell are you doing here?”

Soaking it up,” is the only answer comes immediately to mind.

Maybe I’m working up to continuing wossname, John Ernesto Hemingway Steinbeck, Travels With Charlie – The Brave New World For Whom The Bell Tolls.

The New Old Jules

12 responses to “La Cantina

  1. The New Jules, you are fortunate to find such lovely and loving people. God bless.. have a wonderful Christmas and great 2013

  2. Interesting people make an interesting trip.

  3. So glad you are exploring. Brings to mind that old saying of Mark Twain’s:
    Twenty years from now
    You will be more disappointed
    By the things you didn’t do
    Than by the ones you did do.

    So throw off the bowlines
    Sail away from the safe harbor
    Catch the trade winds in your sails.

  4. Jules, Maybe you should start racountin’ in person, not only on the blog. Who needs a hook-up then?

  5. Hi Jules,
    glad you’re enjoying your trip and meeting with wonderful people.
    Good luck for your further travels, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your felines: May the Great Coincidence Coordinators always be with you,

  6. Yeah, that sounds classic for sure.

  7. And all this time later and here I find my problem.

    Go buy a RV young man.

  8. Ah, yes! to have swallows nest on my patio like that. Such a blessing with all the insects they catch. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  9. I’m a sucker for ‘nice folks’. This is a heartwarming post and it goes to show you, people ARE nice.

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