Friday, June 11, 2004

I wanna be there, in my city...

I'm sitting in a hotel room, in Eastern Kentucky, in the foothills of the Appalachians.  This area of the country is so beautiful, I'm proud to be a part of it...
I'm probably not going to have much time to be online for the rest of the weekend.  Hopefully, we'll be out and about, visiting old places, and new ones.  And hopefully my mom and my aunt, who are both ill right now, will be restored by being down here in the place of their birth. 
The trip here today was great fun, as usual.  My SO was grumpy because I grabbed the wrong case of CDs, and so all our main favorites were left at home, in my car.  We had to alternate our listening preferences on the way down with a shortlist of acceptable CDs (my daughter, thankfully, was not there to complain about the music selection, as she opted to drive down with my mom, who has a TV and a VCR in her auto.  All the kids always want to go with my mom, for some reason...).
It took four CDs to get here:
1.  Johnny Cash - American Recordings IV (My pick)
2.  Johnny Cash - American Recordings III (My pick again, I snuck that in when he wasn't looking.  Who can complain about Cash?)
3.  George Jones - Greatest Hits (His pick.  Pain and torture for me!  I mean, yes, the Possum is cool, but try listening to a whole CD of mournful, slow, mournful, slow...I think that CD is going to have to disappear.)
4.  Elvis Presley - Greatest Hits (My pick.  I got an extra turn because of the dud he picked.  But it really wasn't fair, because he refused to listen to my Moulin Rouge soundtrack.  Elvis was his concession.)
I love the incongruity of using my laptop and listening to CDs down here, when tomorrow we're going to go visit my grandma's childhood home, which is deep in the holler...a one-room farmhouse, where she grew up with her parents and her five siblings, and electricity and running water was a thing of the future for them.  The house is now used to store hay!
My family's in a fragile state right now, hopefully things will become more clear down here.  We really need this!


  1. You are so lucky to be connected to the mountains.  Such a beautiful place. I hae not been there for sometime, but I always loved the smoking hills in the morning and the beautiful roads with the overhanging trees.  Even the driving up or down the mountain sides was an adventure.  Always beautiful and soul soothing.

  2. i hope all goes well on your little trip.  :o) Julie

  3. Hope your Mom and Aunt are feeling better soon. It must be so cool to have Appalachian roots. Such a rich culture. Have you read this journal?
    Good stuff.  -B