Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A one-day reprieve...

...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....

11 comments:

emd said...

That's good to hear, Scribbs. You deserved that!

Japee said...

That is wonderful! I love hearing about these meet ups.

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Scribbs. I hope you can build on that new-found happiness today, too. :)

S

DAL said...

I'm so jealous. I'm a wee bit too far away to drive to SoCal for a day trip.

Birdie said...

I'm so glad you had such a good visit! I was so hoping you and Juan/HarpO would be able to finally meet. {hugs}

Anonymous said...

He IS good company. And I posted a pic on my blog JUST for you.

Fin

betty said...

He is great. Glad you two got to meet. :)

Anonymous said...

wonderful!

Quote A Day
for June 26, 2008

The shell must break before the bird can fly.

Lord Alfred Tennyson

Anonymous said...

I think we all need times like that, and I am glad you got that time off.
Roz

Justfly said...

I am really glad you had a great day Scribbs, you deserved it.

John0 said...

I like that photo a lot. I was really hoping you had a good time.