Looks like I'll have more time to write this blog, since the Amtrak train to Chicago is leaving one hour earlier each day -- at 7:30 a.m. instead of 8:30. -- which means, after driving the crew to the station (my early morning job 4 days a week), I'll have an extra hour to write before opening the Greyhound office at 9:30. Also, reduced hours at The Hound: two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon, yields a nice chunk of mid-afternoon time to edit what I've written, or work on other projects, such as my blook, where currently the chapter on the Tuscan Lodge is being written.
My trip to North Georgia for Thanksgiving was fantastic. My two cousins are cool. I should call them coolzins. The older one's retired and grows organic stuff to sell at market, living in a log cabin with picture window view of Blue Ridge mountain tops. Her younger sister lives nearby, with her own porchside mountain view, and her husband's blacksmith shop. Judy makes wind-chimes and other "touchable art' which happens to be the name of her business. Ginny calls her business Two Tiger Lillies. Neither has a web site, but we're working on that.
Driving to and from Georgia on the interstate, I listened to The Eagle's Long Road Out of Eden (2-disc CD) a couple of times. The band's first new music in 28 years, it's remarkably good -- a worthy follow-up to 1979's The Long Run. On Sunday night, all four Eagles were interviewed by Steve Croft on 60 Minutes. Among other topics, the band's controversial Wal-Mart marketing strategy was explained. Bottom line: the music's great and it's the top selling CD in the U.S. and several other countries, according to the band's website.
So what's hap'nin' on the local scene? A few new faces here and there. I'll write about them soon. And Scott Thorne is sticking with it at Bytelife (along with Gadfly and the other commenters). Too bad Peter the Great isn't still around to stir things up, but his spoon is long since he commented on my Tuscan Lodge project recently all the way from Corvallis, Oregon, where he's started a new blog. Peter also gives us food for thought in a Thanksgiving post about SIU to his Carbondale biz blog.
So I'm back, the Eagles are back, and Peter is back.
y'all come back.