Thursday, November 10, 2016

Uncertain Times

Wednesday morning was a rude awakening.  As I reached for my phone and saw the news - Trump Wins - I gasped with surprise and a few choice words slipped out.

I have been working hard to keep politics out of my public facing posts, and almost didn’t include anything here, but then I realized.. This is HISTORY!  Big History!  As we passed through 4 states in our drive today (Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio)  I found myself seeing the landscape in hues of red and blue.  I found myself contemplating on  what makes different parts of the country blue, red, pink.  I’m not planning to make this blog post about those thoughts, but instead just want to acknowledge -- THIS HAPPENED TODAY  as we travelled west





I found myself going back and forth between election news and my own work as Craig navigated  I-70.  I did my best trying to find another Harvest Host for us to stay in, but that would have meant going through Columbus Ohio during rush hour.  








So we stopped for the night at a Walmart about 10 miles shy of Columbus, unwinding with a Geek Date (Best Buy, Beer, and Wings).  It was impossible not to process the election and try to make sense of the world.


At 3 o’clock this morning I found myself wide awake.  By 4 I knew I was not going to get back to sleep and realized Craig had also been awake for a while.  By 5 we gave up and decided to get on the road and try to make it past Columbus before the morning commuter traffic. I think that was the first time we’ve taken the bus out on the road before dawn.   Our early morning talk made me realize that the general sense of uneasiness about the world was allowing uncertainties about work and lifestyle choices to surface and keeping us awake.  ;-(

Well one thing we knew for sure was that we had at least 5 more days to drive to reach Colorado - where we plan to linger through Thanskgiving.