Road trip through space & time..

I arrived back in Charlotte (from Florida) yesterday at exactly 6:35pm. I ran into the house to brush my teeth, my husband removed the bike rack off my car and I zoomed out to my book club meeting at McCormick & Schmicks. Here’s the deal: I paid for the book, read the thing and I’ll be darned if I wasn’t going to get there to talk about it! (It was ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’  btw- easy read, nothing too deep or profound.)

When I got back home, I slipped into a hot, epson salt bath to soothe my aches from the 10 hour drive. My husband brought me a bourbon (yes, he’s wonderful) and I just soaked there for a good long time. I thought about my many road trips up and down Interstate 95 and why I hate but also love them..

I hate them for the obvious reasons: trucks, traffic, gross restrooms, bad coffee, stupid drivers and my sciatica (which I have to say has NOT been acting up lately- a true miracle from God.)

I also love the long drives because of:  gas station m&ms (they just taste better) and the music on my i-phone.  My playlist spans years of my life, and as I listen to the songs they invariably bring back memories of the past.

KC and the Sunshine Band…”Get down tonight” still gives me goosebumps. I can remember being too shy to sing along when he belted out “Do a little dance, make a little love..” That was 1975..I was 13.


Philip Bailey…”Chinese Wall” 1984- I used to prance around our little apartment in Washington State with my newborn daughter in my arms singing this tune..still love it.

Bon Jovi…”Dead or Alive” Have to watch my speed when this is playing. Even though it came out in 1986, I didn’t listen to it much until after 9-11 and when I did, I sang it loud and guttural and angry and I meant it.

Adagio for strings..another song inexplicably and forever tied to 9-11 in my mind; possibly the most heart wrenching music on earth..I rarely make it through.

Nicki Minaj..Super bass.  Definitely a fast lane song along with “Walk this Way”(Aerosmith) and “Payphone” by Maroon 5 ( must be the uncensored version because hey, sometimes it feels great to hurl out expletives for no reason in the privacy of your own vehicle.)

No trip is complete without “In Caelum Fero” which was one of the songs my eldest performed to with her HS color guard team.

I round it all out with some Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton (I’m in you) The Police, Elton John, Mandisa (God speaking) Journey, Supertramp, ELO, Elton John (of course) Cheap Trick, Steely Dan, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and a little Andrea Bocelli (to keep things balanced.)

Like I said, it’s a physical trip through space and a mental trip through time..

..and no matter where I’m headed, it’s always a bonus when the journey safely ends in a steaming-hot tub.







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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Adagio for Strings is one of my faves. But you left out REO Speedwagon!!

    And I love gas station coffee. SA, Holiday, Sheetz, McDonald’s, Kwik Trip….all decent 🙂

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    1. Cindy says:

      YUP- McDonalds was one of the better sheetz on this stretch unless I’ve missed them..and oh, have I been in some icky places…ugh, horrible. Once I went into an Arbys in some horrible section of Jacksonville and it was SOOOO filthy I just turned on my heels and left..I’m not even talking the restrooms, I’m talking behind the counter..AWFUL.

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      1. Yeah, Arby’s is narsty anyway….particle board “beef”….and lost of gut-bomb grease. (but oh those curly fries….)

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      2. Cindy says:

        the only thing I ever used to get there was their chicken salad sandwich, which was actually quite good..but I would NEVER have ordered one thing from that filthy one in JAX..clearly it was overdue for a surprise channel 10 dirty restaurants expose..😖

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      3. Bleck.When I used to be able to eat bread I did like their Italian sub….And the shakes do not suck.

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      4. Cindy says:

        This is TRUE!-In a moment of weakness on a road trip to my son’s college, I once indulged in one of their shakes. I was expecting that powdery-gritty stuff and was happily surprised that it tasted as good as it did..but hey, I also love Wendy’s frostys for some reason..and who knows what they are made of-( frostys are kind of like the ice cream version of cool whip-so mysterious and delicious 😘) My standards are clearly not that high when it comes to frozen treats..

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      5. Frozen dairy + sugar = happy. Add chocolate for exuberance. 🙂

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