Unanticipated Surprise Friend

There’s a place in the sun
And before my life is done;
I gotta find me a place in the sun.
(Ya know, when times are bad, and you’re feelin’ sad,
I want cha to always remember that)
There’s a place, it’s up in the sun, yeah
And ya know there’s hope, hope for every one;
Where my poor restless heart, it’s gotta run.

’51 Ford Pick-Up Truck
July `72

My original plan had been to ride my bike north, turn west high up in the Canadian Rockies, go to Prince Rupert, take a boat, and end up down on Vancouver Island. That would have been about a 900-mile bicycle ride. But it didn’t happen that way because while working at Chief Mountain Service, I wrote a letter to Mike (in South Dakota) telling him my approximate time of departure. When I returned from camping, I found his return letter waiting to be opened. In it, he said he was coming to meet me. He pulled up in a `51 Ford pick-up truck that he bought from a South Dakota’ farmer the day after I got back form Chief Mountain.

It was good to see him. Back in South Dakota,Mike had worked for
five weeks in the Homestake Goldmine. He’d driven a miniature
train 5000 feet underground, and delivered miners to their
job sites. He told me my letter was a Godsend. “Over and over,” he
said, “I met miners who were going to quit, but the mine never lets
go.” I put my bike in the back of the truck (along with Mike’s), and
the two of us headed north. Seventeen miles later, we crossed into Canada.

Mike was proud of his truck; it was in really good shape body-wise.
The farmer had told him to add a quart of oil every five hundred
miles, “Do that,” he’d said, “and this truck will take you all the way
to Alaska.” In the truck, after two hours, we had covered more ground than it would have taken a whole day of bicycling to cover; it was amazing, and well worth the quart of oil that we had to add. “It’s no big deal,” Mike said, “I’ve got a half a case left in the back.” 1

About these ads

About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Unanticipated Surprise Friend

  1. Mèo Lười Việt says:

    “I met miners who were going to quit, but the mine never lets
    go.”

    ic!

    the truck, after two hours, we had covered more ground than it would have taken a whole day of bicycling to cover; it was amazing, and well worth the quart of oil that we had to add. “It’s no big deal,” Mike said, “I’ve got a half a case left in the back.” 1

    What is body-wise?! ;)

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      Hi Meo, thanks for the comment. The first thing you see when you buy an old car is the body. Old bodies, as I can testify to, tend to age ungracefully. Hopefully, though, if the body’s in good shape the engine will be in pretty good shape also. Old is always old, though, so you’re gonna have to put some money into it eventually.

  2. eof737 says:

    That poem or song cheered me up when i read it this morning …. Very funny drawing too. Thanks!
    Elizabeth

  3. bwinwnbwi says:

    Your welcome! That song and the entire album/CD (Groovin’, I’m So Happy Now, It’s Love, etc.) cheers me up every time I play it without exception.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s