Friday, August 3, 2012


by Pa Rock
Road Warrior

Today, on a whim, I made a rash decision to head out for Los Angeles after work.  I made it as far as Indio, California, where I am hunkered down in a Motel 6 for the night.  In the morning I will drive a  couple of more hours and then be with Tim, Erin, and Baby Olive.

I will be flying to Oregon in three weeks to see Molly and her family, including Baby Willow whom I have yet to meet.  Labor Day weekend will find me in Missouri with Nick and Boone - they don't know that yet - unless they happen to read this blog entry.  Later that week I will hook up with Tim and his family again as we head to the Toronto Film Festival.  Then, sadly, it will be back to work.

I stopped for gas tonight at a decrepit truck stop just outside of Blythe, California.  It looked and felt like something out of a Hitchcock movie.  As I weaved my way through the old and dark structure looking for the restroom, I came across a closed door with a sign that said "Tokyo Massage."  I tried not to touch anything until I was safely back outside!

I remember coming through Indio with my parents when I was little.  It was a small, quaint community with lots of palm trees.  Now it is a sprawling metropolis that sports a couple of large casinos out by the interstate.  Times change, unfortunately.

The Saturn Vue is driving wonderfully - and the gas mileage appears to be better than what I expected.

Just heard that a couple of my buddies on Okinawa are spending the weekend at the Okuma military resort.  Wish I was with them!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Welcome back to the states Rock. Sounds like you are going to get some great family time. Lucky you! Give my love to Sweet Baby Olive.