Travellinbaen Travellin’ Agaen

Quote of the Day:

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.      —Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It seems to lean the direction of gluttony to be packin’ up the hi-tech duffel again so soon…..nevertheless…..

Barely a week home from TB’s Bermuda cruise, time enough to endure several workaday crises, I’m back on the road again tomorrow. Chicago this time with Sweet and a player to be named later. I’m flying solo tomorrow for the first time in years. Already missing the Scamp and Rock Star, but also relishing the opportunity to get in some good old-fashioned airplane book readin’ time.

Speakin’ a-which, I picked up One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez whilst cruisin’. I have seen this novel listed on many “must-read” lists over the years but due to Oprah’s stamp of approval I have never been tempted to dive in. Without digressing this digression too far, it’s mainly that I always associated anything Oprah-endorsed as being for chicks. Turns out, like most ill-informed stereotypical assumptions, I was wrong. This book is hard. I mean page after page of dancin’ around the thin red line separatin’ sanity and not, everybody is screwin’ everybody, politics and killin’ and death and suicide and war and murder and unfocused anger; all in all, some really hilarious passages. The laughing takes the sting out some of the dark epiphanies the book inspires. I am only half-finished so far. I may try to post more thoughts on it when I get back from Chi-town if I can piece together anything in the vicinity of cohesive. Suffice to say, not a chick book. It is for anyone, Oprah endorsed or not. Oh, one more thing. The gypsy Melquiades–he already died, sadly–is one of my favorite characters ever.

I think maybe ol’ TB is part gypsy. I could see myself travellin’ the world, never plantin’ roots. I would want to be like old Melquiades, seeking out the best new contraptions, the ones that really worked and finding like-minded fellows along the trade routes to visit and philosophize with for a few days every couple of years.

So it’s off to Chicago. Two days with Sweet, then I join up with the Scamp and Rock Star for some July 4th weekend excitement. Be sure to watch my Twitter feed for pithy, possibly witty, and occasional photographic, real-time updates of the adventure. But first, a little slide show of the sights in beautiful Bermuda. See y’all next week.

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About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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6 Responses to Travellinbaen Travellin’ Agaen

  1. Jessie Lou says:

    Beautiful pics – especially the sunset at sea – reminds me of what my sea captain grandfather used to say “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky at morning, sailor take warning”. I’ve been reading the Steig Larsson Millenium (sp?) trilogy the last few months. I’ve liked them very much and am on the last book now. Not sure where to read next. I think I have finally gotten my reading skills back in order. Looking foward to a long 4th of July holiday on the boat in a sunblock cover up!

  2. RMac says:

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite authors; definitely not a chicklit author. Try Love in the Time of Cholera if you want to read more of his work. Great to see you have been getting out and about. I have been doing the same (Santa Fe, Providence and soon to Seattle). Sorry to say I will not be making it to the Southland this summer 😦 Have a great time in Chicago with Sweet. Happy 4th to you and the fam.

  3. ZEEK says:

    I would love to know the sleeping arrangements between TB, Sweet, and Gingerella(TB’s player to be named later).

    • Kamal says:

      Kaitlyn Tomlinson on October 25, 2012 Today at my school we all heard about Rachel’s life and about how she died. We all were crinyg because it was just so emotional. She impacted on me immensely. Rachel is my hero. I wish i could have known her. She was and still is AMAZING. This is such an amazing story .. and i hope that others are also impacted from this to be like her. Rachel will NEVER be forgotten. Rest In Peace Rachel <33 xx

  4. Day says:

    The 1984 team and the 1985 team don’t get the pub that other PHS teams got. I admit, I am slightly biaesd.I don’t even know that the 84 was ranked preseason TC you know? Lost 7 senior starters and 2 of top 4 pitchers, went 23-5, swept through the South State and then Hattiesburg with their little court order derailed the entire state championship.The 1985 team 23-5 we won 20 or 21 games in row but didn’t get out of our district. There were a plethora of factors wich contributed to that including that the #3 starter got the call against Moss Point when Larson and Ellis were well rested and that Ellis couldn’t get a final out against Gulfport 4 days later. Had we gotten out of our district that year, no doubt we win state championship.Little known fact no baseball team that won the Big 8 Championship (Coastal Zone Champ. as Moreland puts it) ever won the overall state championship. PHS 1985 team won the Big 8 and didn’t even get out of district play. 1983 team and 1984 PHS team didn’t win the Big 8 Championship.83 team was probably best team I played on but had the court not stopped the state championship in 84, that team may have been in same conversation as the 83 and 96 teams. The 85 team was pretty damn good as well. Probably the best 3 year run in PHS history.

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