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Seeing Her Again

Mandeville.

I looked at the route that Google Maps gave me to drive my RV back to Austin. The route went right past Mandeville, Louisiana. That's where Katya lives.

I hadn't seen her in years. We broke up four years ago, and I only saw her once since then, three years ago. She randomly showed up with her fiancee and took all of the big stuff she'd left at my house. Her fiancee apologized as we carried her bed frame that I'd been sleeping on for a year to his car.

Early on a Sunday Morning

On Where Pianos Roam

Gosh I need coffee and a nice big breakfast this morning.  I need to work on that.

Today, I wanted to share another poem--song lyrics actually.  These are lyrics from one of my favorite albums of all time.  It's a song called "Round Here" by a band called Counting Crows.

As many of you may know, I used to live on an island in the South Pacific called American Samoa.  Well, I left this island immediately after my senior year of high school.  I spent many hours of this last year sitting at the beach near my house and staring out into the big ocean blue.  This was (and still is) my favorite thing to do.  I knew I would be leaving my childhood home and venturing out into this big, unknown world.  I let my imagination grow with the possibility of experiencing new adventures and meeting new people.

I did this to block out the feelings I had at the time.  In spite of an exciting unknown future ahead, I was sad to leave my island, and I had many mixed emotions about my parent's divorce which happend that same year.

As I sat on the beach, I had my walkman plugged into my ears (I didn't have an Ipod at the time).   The current soundtrack of my life during the period was Counting Crows' debut album "August and Everything After".  If you've never heard it before, it is a haunting and heartbreaking work--a fine album that any artist would be proud to call their own.

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