...involving a longish drive down South to visit -- and meet in person for the first time -- my friend Juan.
It was the most relaxing day I've enjoyed in, well, one helluva long time. What I expected after several years of correspondence and phone conversations is what I got in person: interesting, honest, fun and simply a good guy.
His hosts/friends were charming. He has written nice things about them and is guilty of understatement. Like him, they made me feel as if I had known them for years.
We had much fun without actually doing much of anything. I hope he posts video of a few of the stranger moments; I'd hate to spoil it by attempting to describe the scene.
I'll only say there were animals around, which is always a good thing for my sense of well-being...
Yes, the cat was just about to yawn as I snapped the picture. I didn't take it personally.
I'll also say my Mexican lunch was superb, perhaps better than Juan's. Delicious.
I felt very much at home.
And I spent the drive home -- just under two hours -- thinking optimistic, happy thoughts. I felt as if I had been granted a peek at what heaven ought to be like: Friendship. Beautiful, comfortable surroundings. No stress.
It was as if I had been granted eight hours of compassionate leave from the prison my own life has become.
Thanks to Juan, K. and M., plus assorted cats and dogs.
I needed this.
Back to hell in the morning....
15 hours ago