Sunday, August 06, 2017

Bill Drives




Bill is down at Lowe's this morning as I type this blog posting.

This is Bill's first solo drive since he regained his driver's license last week. 

He was hesitant to drive, having not driven since he lost his license last June. 

I offered to drive him down to Lowe's. Down the notorious dangerous Route One, aka Coastal Highway. We're in the height of the summer season down here in Rehoboth Beach Land and the traffic is heavy.  Especially heavy on the weekend, sometimes at a standstill when the vehicles block intersections.


Good old Route One traffic headed to the shore

Of course I'm nervous that Bill is out on his own this morning. But he does like to roam around Lowe's without the hinderance of me tagging behind him.  I'm more of a garden center kind of guy.  That's when Bill tags behind me.

My regular blog followers may have notice that I haven't posted since last Tuesday. Time just gets away from me folks. 

Last week was a good week, except of course for the heavy traffic. It's getting more and more difficult just to get out of our development here.  And it will only get worse as the years go by.

I've been giving some serious thought to eventually moving away from here and this summertime mess.  Of course I would have to sell or get rid of just about everything I have in our home. After fifty-three years together we (or more accurately me) have accumulated much during those years of happiness and bliss. I guess I would get rid of everything except our artwork.  

An artistic collage of yours truly when I was very young by my very talented cousin Danny Hart


The furniture wouldn't go with me. 

But here I am veering onto another subject which is more suited to a separate blog posting. Right now I'm concerned about Bill. I'll be relieved when he returns home from his first solo driving since last June. 

18 comments:

  1. Bill must be very courageous to brave that traffic! My best friend had to leave here (Livermore, CA) a few years back. She said she needed to live where she wouldn't need a helicopter to get to work. Just looking at that picture gives me a headache. Keep us informed on the many adventures of Bill at Lowes.

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    1. Deedles,
      Bill got home shortly after I finished posting this blog. He said he was a little nervous but he made it! How about that picture of backed up traffic on Route One? Sadly, this is only getting worse every year. We only have one main road down here to the beaches, and that's Route One. We live on the left (ocean) side. Hard to get out of our development in the summer tourist season. And forget about going down to the beach. I'll wait until after Labor Day.
      Ron

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  2. Traffic, we don't miss it one bit. Studio city, North Hollywood had gotten pretty busy. Now we are just about eight miles north, in Chatsworth, and things are much better. After 23 years at our home in S.C. we had a lot of crap. We got rid of so much stuff and still, now that we are here in this home, look at stuff and wonder why there is still too much. At least now it is all in boxes and out of the way.

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    1. Mike,
      Did you live in South Carolina? I missed that. At 75 years of age, I have accumulated so much. Since moving to Delaware I have gotten rid of a lot. Interesting that I have never once missed what I have gotten rid of. However, it is so hard to part with somethings that I have such fond memories of. If I outlive Bill, I think I will finally have that major purge. If I move to California (Palm Springs) I definitely will get rid of everything except maybe my artwork and photos and some documents. Definitely the furniture and most of my clothes. Especially the winter clothing.
      Ron

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    2. Not South Carolina, S.C. out here means Studio City, or Southern California. We love Palm Springs, it is a great place for older gay men to retire and be around many men that are the same age, older.

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    3. Mike,
      Sorry, I should have figured that out. Both Pat and I loved Palm Springs. Not for the "older gay men" (we didn't see any) but because of the geography. I found it a very relaxing place. Would like to retire there if possible but will probably stay here in Delaware.
      Ron

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  3. Good news and woohoo for Bill. I guess the traffic during summer is tough. I am sure you can't wait until after Labour Day.

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    1. Jane,
      Yes, so looking forward to Labor Day and getting a reprieve from this traffic. However, the traffic will still be heavy, especially on weekends. It's getting so the traffic is heavy year round but especially bad in the height of the summer season.
      Ron

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  4. Ron,

    Traffic is a headache. It is getting worse. I envision a time in the not so distant future where you won't be able to get anywhere because traffic will just become one big tie-up. Glad Bill is back in the saddle. This idea of getting rid of stuff, I have been doing more. I just got rid of a lot of my remaining books and records. Very hard for me to do that. I can sort of understand the hoarder. I also took more clother to Goodwill. I own very little now. I consider most of the things in this house to be Lois's, not mine. I really should do a Blog post about those two things, traffic and unloading possessions.

    Lar

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    1. Larry,
      I understand how hard it is to get rid of things. I still have a lot of books and records that I will never read or hear. I aspire someday to have "very little". I'm sure I'll get along in life just as well as I do now, probably better. My last big challenge in life, to downsize. I'm at that time of life Lar. We both are.
      Ron

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  5. Ron - I'm used to heavy city traffic all my driving life since the age of 17. Both congested city streets and the freeways. And with more and more cars, and free movement getting more and more restricted with each coming year - I find sometimes driving a challenge. And I've been on Route 1 of course. And it's often a drag strip. Cars go barrelling down the road there at speeds over 60 mph - which is fine on freeways - but Route 1 is not a highway - and there are several intersections (sans traffic lights) at which points the residential communities have to make their way onto speed crazy road and pick up the tempo at a terrific pace to blend in with the flow. Not only that, in your case, you have to traverse two lanes of oncoming traffic to eke your way into a small space, protected by the boulevard that separates the road. And it's tricky because cars from the opposite direction try to get into that space at the same time. I didn't mean to make this long winded or confusing. But Route 1 is a scary road often times. I worry about both you and Bill.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      Route One is very dangerous and getting more so every year. Just getting out of our development is getting to be a challenge. It's taking me longer to get to work. I used to just zip out. No more. And it's not getting better.
      Ron

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  6. By the way - that's a great piece of art.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      I was so surprised at what a great piece of art that was my cousin Danny produced form an old photo booth picture of me. I wish I had that kind of natural talent.
      Ron

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  7. Glad Bill is back on the road!

    I remember driving all the time from Yardley down to Stone Harbor, NJ. Thought we would never get there...and then we'd never want to leave. I honestly think (at least in the Philly area) the entire city and suburbs empty out on the weekends and head down the shore.

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    1. Elle,
      I can't imagine how the traffic is from Philly to the Jersey Shore. I'll never go there. Where I live now is bad enough.
      Ron

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  8. Marvelous artwork!

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      I was so surprised when my cousin Danny Hart presented me with that fabulous artwork. I didn't know I had such a talented cousin. I'm always impressed when one has such a natural talent.
      Ron

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