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On the Road Again: Horse Races & Donuts

It’s an endless loop that sings quietly in my head every time we start loading up for our next gig.

On the road again –
Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is making music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again.
On the road again

Goin’ places that I’ve never been.
Seein’ things that I may never see again

And I can’t wait to get on the road again.
On the road again –
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends.
Insisting that the world keep turning our way

And our way
is on the road again.
Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again.
On the road again

Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends

Insisting that the world keep turning our way

And our way
is on the road again.
Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again.
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.

-Willy Nelson

We’ve spent this week visiting family in Sierra Vista after another DUD of a show. Apparently horse race attendees are too busy gambling and drinking to be much interested in donuts. I tried to get us into another show and just barely missed being able to work a 5 day fair. Without other options we will go back to the horse race this weekend and hope for better results. This weekend is the Kentucky Derby and the promoter suggested the crowds would be much bigger.

A new turn of events. We have to go back to Georgia to pack up the last of our belongings because the St. Simons house is under contract.

Fate has been kind to us in the past, it supports us into the future. The buyer wants to buy all the furnishings we don’t want for a blanket price. We were counting on making some money to prepare us for the summer trip north but these last shows have been very disappointing. After hauling the boat out and wrapping up a few bills, we once again, are running on fumes.

We were planning on having an estate sale and selling everything we could anyways, so this turn of events works out great for us and will actually capitalize us better than we hoped before we head north to Colorado, Wyoming, and goodness knows where else.

It’s hard to remember, amid financial constraints and impending deadlines, that each day we should focus on the present and enjoy what little time we have- here, now. We’re camped outside my Aunt Jo’s house and my Dad has come down from Tucson for a few days. We’re having a lovely visit and truly enjoying the desert mountain climate at 5,000 feet. My Aunt Jo only lives about 30 minutes from the Sonoita horse races, making it an excellent low fuel location to spend a mini-vacation between events.

After this weekend, I head South to Mexico to haul out the boat for the summer and Hilary heads East to Georgia to close out another chapter of our life as we begin anew.

We have found memories of our time both in the East and at the St. Simons house but so much has changed in the last 5 months. That life seems so distant and now foreign that the possessions we once prized are now more anchors that weigh us down as we try to store, haul, move, and ultimately dispose. How quickly things change.

I have always been more ‘casual’ and less connected to physical possessions but Hilary has come a long way to be able to say, “It’s just stuff” and be able to let go of furniture and belongings that she might have felt actual emotional grief over losing.

In fact, some people are willing to let their possessions dictate the course of their lives because they hold such an emotional importance. Folks are bound by how far they can move and what they can do simply by the furniture and possessions which they prize above their ‘potential’ freedoms.

I’m not suggesting there is anything wrong with that. As we have noted in the past, there are two kinds of people. Oaks, who really lay roots and Albatrosses, who are more travelers in spirit.

More importantly, is the peace and contentment that your decision brings to you. Our good friend, Dr. Doug Davis, is a farmer at heart and loves to work the land. You can see the peace and happiness just radiate from him and his garden for his toil.

I don’t think it really matters, in the end, which way in a thousand different paths you decide to roam but I you have to step outside of the norm and follow your heart and try- try SOMETHING! It may not be the answer but it will provide you with something you didn’t have before- an absolute iron clad guarantee that if you didn’t enjoy your new experience, it was not for you. There can no doubt, no second guessing, you can close that door and focus on the thousands of other potential doors ahead of you looking and more importantly, experiencing, what else life has to offer.

There is no failure, only the assurance that some other amazing experience awaits.

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5 comments to On the Road Again: Horse Races & Donuts

  • big cheese

    forgive the spelling and grammatical errors. I’ll revise later.

  • You wrote beautifully. It’s always a pleasure to read about you all and what you are doing.
    You inspire me.
    It’s not easy, what we are all trying to do, but the rewards are too great to even begin to list.
    I can’t wait to meet you all again. I hope the summer passes with speed and you all return to the bay, where I shall be waiting in anticipation of hearing more of your stories.

  • Hey JC-
    Great last paragraph! That is the way I feel exactly right now, I just have to go try this cruising life and see what we can make of it. If nothing else it will be the catalyst that takes us through to the next stage of our lives.

    I hope these next festivals go well for you! We have been contemplating a similar vendor business to yours to allow us to work seasonally.

  • big cheese

    Thanks Bill-

    The hardest part about working festivals is booking events and the first year appears to be the worst. BUT, given the alternative I think there’s hope.

    Regards,

    JC

  • big cheese

    Thanks Maria-

    That’s the funny part- there’s just about ZERO attraction to settle back into the mainstream once you get a taste of the “OTHER SIDE” regardless of how many televisions you offer me or how many high tech gadgets go on sale.

    Hilary especially misses the boat and like minded folks. Large masses of people and lot’s of concrete have no attraction to her at all.

    All our best and I’ll be down soon to haul out Splish Splash.

    JC