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Writer's Block: The long and winding road

Are there any difficult events in your past that made you a stronger person today? If you could go back and erase them, would you?

I can't believe this question popped up on this particular day. Today is the 11th anniversary of the death of my husband. And you can't understand how that affects a person unless it happens to you. Definitely a horrible thing to go through. Life served me a shit sandwich, but, it certainly made me a stronger person. Sometimes I am still amazed when I realize how much I can do by myself.

Would I go back in time and change things if I could? Certainly. Most of my hopes and dreams died with him.

I learned a lot from Rick. I've posted this list before, but I had decided last night to repost today in memory.

Rick taught me:

Fries are better with mayo
Let your dog run free
Righty tighty, lefty loosey
How to hoot like an owl
Bird feeders are cool
Check your tire pressure
Use the proper tool for the job,
And put it away when done
Always stop to help a stranded biker
How to make an omelet
Fishing is complicated
Duct tape is the handyman’s secret weapon
Don’t ride alongside a tractor-trailer
How to make a snow fort
Deer make noises
To be more assertive
Carry a camera in the car
Big trucks can get stuck on wet newspaper
Alka Seltzer makes seagulls explode
Don’t ride the clutch (but I do anyway)
What a buck rub was
You can never have too much chrome
Flying J’s aren’t just for big trucks
How to use a wood stove
You can tell a woman’s age by her hands
Mexico is cheaper
There’s quite a bit of room in a sleeper cab
Red squirrels are bad squirrels
How to calculate gas mileage
Big tires are better
The higher the truck, the closer to God
To try new foods once in a while
Mary Kitchen corned beef hash is yummy
When you pass a big truck,
They can see what you’re doing
How to build a proper bonfire,
And be careful if you use gas to get it going
Don’t fidget in the woods,
If you sit still long enough,
Chipmunks forget you are there and sit on your boot
No one likes a JB Hunt driver
Labs are great dogs
How to figure miles on a map
You get traffic tickets when you don’t pay attention
Classic cars are better than new ones
Never stop in the middle of a mud hole
Pepsi is better than Coke
You jackknife when the trailer wants to go first
A good butt rub can solve anything
Don’t rush thru an antique store
How to paddle a canoe
Loud pipes save lives
Tuck and roll
How to lean into a turn
A thermos keeps hot things hot and cold things cold
How to butcher a deer
You can catch a trout with a worm
It takes a lot of effort to grow an avocado tree
Most people are stupid
Helmet laws suck
Diesel fuel doesn’t explode
How to cut down a tree,
And split the wood for the stove
California is expensive
To slow dance at different tempos
A run to Rochester makes a fine date
How to use a snowplow
Fireworks piss of the neighbor’s dog
You need to plug in a big truck during freezing weather
Fill the water kettle every time you go in the basement
How to stack wood properly
Pop tastes better out of glass bottles
Don’t use 4-wheel drive on dry pavement
To hold hands whenever you can
Check your oil every week
Keep at least $100 in your wallet at all times
You truly can’t explain the feeling of riding a motorcycle
You have to experience it
How to downshift
Suck up to your neighborhood bike shop owner
To ride with attitude
Chicken wings are pretty tasty
Raccoons can scream loud enough to wake you up
Mile markers in New York State run backwards
How to use a tachometer
Keep the hammer down
Keep the shiny side up
And -
You can find love on the CB radio!


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
*HUGS* hon...

Mar. 16th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. You give great cyber-hugs!
Someday we'll have to meet up and exchange them for real.
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
Rick...was awesome. And he still is, through your memories of him—thank you for sharing. <333
Mar. 16th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
I thought so.
I know, people never really die if there are memories floating around somewhere.
Mar. 15th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
I smiled at many of the things on the list. I bet I would've liked him. I'm sorry he was taken way too early.
Mar. 16th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I can't think of anyone who didn't like him. He was a big flirt - typical truck driver.
Mar. 15th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
*hugs* sounds like he was one smart cookie. ^_^ (and that's a fun picture of him there on his bike. very full of personality.)
Mar. 16th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Well, yes he was smart - he married me! hahaha!
One of my fav pics of him.

Mar. 16th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
LOL!! :D
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