On the Road with Larry

Meet Larry.

Larry

My wife trusts Larry, so he’s is a frequent road-trip companion. Even though he led her down a farmer’s road to a fence protecting a cornfield, then declaring, “You have arrived at your destination” … she trusts Larry.

I know Larry has also successfully guided us to other destinations, but I’m leary of Larry. After all, a few years ago on a trip to Maker’s Mark Distillery, Larry led me down narrowing roads with rough pavement before his arrival proclamation – which was actually a farm-house on a gravel road with no distillery in sight. Fortunately, a resident didn’t come out of the house with a shotgun as I was turning around. Somehow, my gyroscope led me to Maker’s Mark without asking for directions.

Marker's Mark Distillary - Loretto, Kentucky

Marker’s Mark Distillery – Loretto, Kentucky

Because we moved earlier in 2014, we decided to take an 8-day road-trip vacation that fall. Larry was along, and he successfully guided us to our first stop (the Frank Lloyd Wright house known as Kentuck Knob in Pennsylvania), even though I only semi-trusted his judgment.

Kentuck Knob

Kentuck Knob

Upon Kentuck Knob, I knew all I had to do was turn left, travel 3-4 miles, and then turn left onto US Route 40 as we were bound for Cumberland, Maryland.

Oh no – Larry said (in his Aussie English), “Turn right.”

I cringed, but because my wife trusts Larry, I reluctantly turn right. Of course, Larry’s direction got a song going in my head – Over the hill and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. We got to our destination, but hey Larry – WHY? All I had to do was turn left! Surely it wasn’t shorter or saved time.

Larry had successes on this trip that involved Gettysburg, Cooperstown, the Finger Lakes region, Corning, Falling Waters, and home … but he never regained my full trust. On our next-to-the-last day, he took me on another unexpected journey of zigs and zags. We did it, but I wouldn’t have taken that route.

Knowing we were returning to the Kentuck Knob area because Falling Waters is nearby, I figured Larry would again set us on the way to Grandma’s house – so I to prepare my counter to his wishes by checking multiple sources before leaving the hotel. Sure enough, he directed, “Turn right” – so, I sent him into recalculating mode by going straight.

FallingWaters

FallingWaters – Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece

He quickly came around, thus got on the same page as I – and we safely arrived – and yes, Falling Waters is spectacular.

We were now ready to leave for home. Larry and I agreed on the initial part of the journey, but I was confident that he would take us in a direction that I didn’t want to go. Once we got to that point, Larry proclaimed, “Turn left.” … but I countered with an unexpected right.

He quickly recalculated to countered with new directions with a left on the next road.

I pressed on – ignoring his wish – and he recalculated again, then asking me to turn left in order to return to his wishes. Again, I continued straight.

Larry is relentless as he recalculates again, then asking me to turn left again – but I’m in full resistance mode. The previous pattern continued a few more time as the battle of wills was at its peak.

I pressed on with my plan, and eventually yes – the battle was now over. Victory for me – thus Larry succumbed to my easier road by telling me to continue on the road for 30 miles – we were now on the same page …. and my way took us 5 minutes more, but without tolls.

Take that Larry …. and meet your new traveling companion!

LarryPal

On the First Monday Back

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Greetings! This is the 223rd edition of Monday Morning Entertainment, yet the 222nd edition was for the first Monday in August. Whew … it’s been a while!!!

Being away for some time means there is much to share, but I’ll start with a traditional question – How was your weekend?

We returned from our road-trip vacation last Sunday, but this past week was filled with dance lessons, the final weeks of golf league, and a baseball game (the Reds won, but it has been a horrible season), which propelled us into a weekend roadtrip. After attending a college football game Friday night in downtown Cincinnati, we started our 200-mile (320-km) drive northward to attend another college football game (and about 14 hours separating the end of one game and the beginning of the next) … and then the 3-hour drive home after the game. We saw a lot of offense and two wins (58-34 and 45-42) … and it was good to be back on the campus where my wife and I meet. Both singing the alma mater and a win in the final seconds choked me up a bit. Sunday morning was a bit different as I watched, listened, and enjoyed to the handbell choir from the audience, but I don’t think anyone noticed I wasn’t playing (which is fine with me).

Although I probably won’t post everyday this week, Life: The Musical returns with Act 9 featuring a significant part of everyone’s life – Work … so song titles must include Work, Working, Worker, Worked, or any occupation – the latter widens the opportunities. However, an occupation can only be used once.  Get your songs ready because curtain goes up Wednesday, 9:30 pm (Eastern USA).

The previous post had a few pics from our vacation of undisclosed destination. Cheers to those picking out some of the locations. The stops on our trip were Kentuck Knob (a Frank Lloyd Write gem), Gettysburg PA (Civil War batttlefield), Cooperstown NY (Baseball Hall of Fame), Cornell University, Taughannock Falls, Finger Lakes Region (especially for wine & cheese), Grand Prix Festival (Watkins Glen NY), the Corning (NY) Museum of Glass, and Fallingwater (the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece). Note: The links are to sites or Google Images.

Celebrations for the week

  • (Week) Dog Week, Flower Week, Deaf Awareness Week, Childcare Week, Farm Safety Week, School Internet Safety Week, Women in Construction Week, Farm Animals Awareness Week, Constitution Week, Child Passenger Safety Week, Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week, Farm Animals Awareness Week, Truck Drive Appreciation Week, Pollution Prevention Week, Balance Awareness Week, Health Information and Technology week, Love Your Files Week, Postdoc Appreciation Week
  • (Mon) Felt Hat Day, Dot Day, Thank-You Day, Care Givers Day, Sing-Out Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, International Day of Democracy, 8-Track Tape Day, LGBT Center Awareness Day, Creme de Menthe Day
  • (Tues) Guacamole Day, Play Doh Day, Collect Rocks Day, Wrinkled Raincoat Day, Eat an Apple Day, Coastal Cleanup Day, Mayflower Day, Step-family Day, Trail of Tears Commemoration Day, Ozone Layer Preservation Day, Wife Appreciation Day, Working Parents Day
  • (Wed)Country Music Day, Citizenship Day, Rehabilitation Day, Time’s Up Day, School Backpack Awareness Day, Student Day, Responsible Dog Owners Day, Apple Dumpling Day
  • (Thurs) Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day, Cheeseburger Day, Respect Day, HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, Water Monitoring Day, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Day

To send you into the week, here a good one courtesy of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Enjoy … and have a good week!