Today's the big day. Seems like forever since I told my long time friend, Fernando, that I would fly down to St. Petersburg, to help him drive his food trailer back to Minnesota. While I look forward to the trip, I do go with some reservations.
Of course, I leave Minnesota on the week when temps are going to be close to 70. That's about 20 degrees above average for this of year, around here.
I leave also with the uncertainty of not knowing if Cooper and I will be able to secure the sponsorship needed in order to do the radio show, on AM950. I had a good meeting with with our core sponsor, but if they don't come though, there will be no way we can get this off the ground. At least, I think I have a plan B on that front.
It's also going to be tough taking a week off from the cab. Taking extended time off is something I just don't do. I am also going to TRY to clear my mind of all that's going on politically. This fight over health care reform and the subsequent name calling and other vile acts, have left me exhausted from just paying such close attention to it.
But what I'll miss the most is Lori. In the 5 years we've been together, this will only be the 3rd time we've been apart for more than a day or two. Neither one of us handle that very well. Much of what we do, we do together. However, she doesn't have the same tolerance for long drives that I do and her work schedule would have made it hard for her to take the trip with us. I will send her lots of pictures and pick up, at least, a few souvenirs. But I will miss my true life partner for the 4-5 days that I'll be gone.
It will be nice to take a trip and see a couple of people that I haven't seen since childhood, but I am already looking forward to getting back.