Saturday November 28 2015
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Heavy dreams including one at a Ladada show where everything is going wrong – my cord isn't plugged in properly – people keep switching things around on stage – my tuner isn't even plugged in. It's a stressful situation.
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Waking up at 10 a.m.
My dad drives us to Kathy's Kitchen, a local old-fashioned diner in downtown Goldsboro. We enjoy a classic southern breakfast of Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits, Hash Browns, French Toast, and Coffee.
After leaving the diner my dad pops in some chewing tobacco and I pop in some dried mango.
Me: "You chew tobacco and I chew mango."
He drives us through different parts of the city passing by rundown factories, mechanic shops, and houses.
Then, we ride to Dudley out on Pine Tree Lane, a dirt road neighborhood about 15 minutes outside of Goldsboro. I have many good memories spending my summers here as a boy. 149 Pine Tree Lane. My dad owned this property for 13 years. I used to hang out with the neighborhood boys – we'd build clubhouses in the middle of the woods and get into trouble breaking into the Eagles Nest campground up the street. We used to camp out in the backyard, have bonfires, shoot a basketball around on a dirt court, grill out, have parties, drive go-karts, basically everything country boys do. I led a city life during the school season and led a country life in the summer.
We say hi to Evelyn, one of our senior neighbors and friends. Her husband died some years ago and she lives alone. We catch up with her and complain about the lack of upkeep on the Pine Tree house my dad lived in. Whoever owned it last let it get overgrown and rundown. We take a stroll through the yard and reminisce over the good times we had in the 90's.
Back at the house. I help dad hook up the sound for his TV into his Bose speaker system and try to troubleshoot the webcam on his laptop again with no luck. Snacking on Peanut Butter Toast and drinking Yerba Mate Tea. Watching the football game: NC State Wolfpack and NC Tarheels. I don't usually watch football games but it's nice to share it with dad.
Driving back to Virginia Beach after 5 p.m. It's already dark out. My steering wheel keeps leaning to the left ever so slightly. I'm really tired but I keep the podcasts and the old school hip-hop going on the stereo.
Back home. Kevin's playing an Xbox he just bought on the big screen. Elliott, Michelle, and Ana are in the living room working out You're Jovian tunes. Will and Zoe are around doing their thing. Buckwheat Spaghetti Noodles with a Salad for dinner.
Stuffing my face with the last of my mom's Sweet Potato Pie.
Chatting with Ana in her room.
Sleep 2:30 a.m.
[i] Images by me.
Posted by James Robert Smith at 5:50 PM