Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I'm Headed For The Hills.

I almost titled this "Hillbilly Vacation: Too Many Banjos For National Lampoons"

The kiddies are on Fall Break this week, so we are heading South.

Land of my roots, here we come!

We are taking my cancer-riddled mother down to Virginia to visit the place she was born and spend time with some relatives.

Both my parents are from Virginia, and moved to Indiana in the early 60's for the actual civilization manufacturing jobs created during automotive boom.

My dad actually left before that. After a trouble-filled stint in the Marines, and spending 2 weeks in a coal mine, he trekked out west to California for a few years.

He eventually returned to Virginia to claim his bride.

Obviously, he had brain damage from all the second-hand marijuana smoke out there was in love.

Since he was seven years older than my mom, he had to wait for her to become legal turn 18.

This WAS Virginia, afterall, and NOT Kentucky.
It will be great to visit my family again and hopefully get some good southern cooking.

We used to visit all the time when I was a kid, but I haven't been there since 2005, and that was for my grandmothers funeral.

The wife and kids have NEVER been there (and it's because it's an 8+hr car ride and my kids are nuts). And my mom hasn't been for over 10 years.

Soooooo....we are off.

Wish me luck. I might push myself off a mountain while I'm down there.

P.S. I hope to post on Twitter and update my Facebook status while gone with Highlights of the trip. Maybe even a few pics. <--(Assuming there is cell coverage/internet access in the sticks)
Make sure you follow along to track our progress and catch all the hilarity.


Pearl said...

Good luck, Ed! Write when you get work!



Angie said...

If you hear banjos just leave. Have a great time!

Sarah Tokeley said...

Don't do FB but am following you on Twitter now :-)

Karen said...

Oh come now, Virginia isn't Banjo South...u gotta go to Mississippi or Alabama for banjo south! I'm in NC so I know what u mean.

laughingmom said...

Shoot - our mountains here in Va aren't tall enough to do any real damage - they are just foothills with major inferiority complexes.

Coffeypot said...

You are a good Yankee and not a Damn Yankee. The difference? A Yankee goes back home.

Enjoy you trip and I hope it is extra good for your mom.


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