Remember that? No reason you should. That's me descending to the Ohio River in Wheeling last late August, alone, it was Earthgirl's first day of school, she couldn't make the trip. Planet, her car ahead or behind me, I'm abandoning her the next day for her senior year in college but this day was so very excellent. Earthgirl and I will be making this same descent today four, five hours from now, but this time, since there's no point in our getting to Bamgier in late afternoon, we're gonna get off on US 250, drive through downtown Wheeling, eat lunch, cross the Ohio, drive north on Ohio 7, find the Martins Ferry Public Library: I want a photo of the street sign to a road named after a favorite poet. Then we'll drive on roads we've never driven for three, four hours. Sweet. By the time we get to Bamgier Earthgirl will have taken well over a thousand photos - slideshow w soundtrack tomorrow, or not. It's the opening of Planet's senior art show. If Planet says I can post a photo or two I will, if she asks me not to I of course won't, though loved ones, I will have photos and will share them with you once home.
A friend, in comments to previous post, mourns the end of 'more stuff' here. It's not that 'more stuff' is permanently terminated, it's that the compulsory 'more stuff' needs to be terminated. It's been easier than I thought it would be though only small credit goes to me - Blegsylvania is deader than ever, and the daily duh is duller than ever. When friends post, though, I will still link. Hint. Musicians sure to appear on the trip's playlist include:
AUTUMN BEGINS IN MARTINS FERRY OHIO
In the Shreve High football stadium,
I think of Polacks nursing long beers in Tiltonsville,
And gray faces of Negroes in the blast furnace at Benwood,
And the ruptured night watchman of Wheeling Steel,
Dreaming of heroes.
All the proud fathers are ashamed to go home,
Their women cluck like starved pullets,
Dying for love.
Their sons grow suicidally beautiful
At the beginning of October,
And gallop terribly against each other’s bodies.