John arrives in Tucson and we have a drink to get things started.
I have decided to join my meet up friends for a traditional 4th of July BBQ at Jay Anderson's residence, Jay is one of SAAC's (Southern Arizona Adventure Company) co-organizers (http://www.meetup.com/thesaac/calendar/10057690/) I'm sitting here at home listening to my favourite local FM station 94.9 and they has a list of Patriotic songs playing, so far my favourite is the National Anthem that has always fascinated me. I have spent hours learning this song and as we speak I feel like a pro: the words of the national Anthem of the United States tells of a gruesome fight for dignity more than anything else - many refer to it as independence but the recognition of the right of a person to live free is in itself a fight for dignity. Living here I now understand more the fight for liberty. My travbuddy friend John (www.
travbuddy.com/pensacolapyro) decided to drive down to join me in celebrating tonight and we plan on attending the BBQ and then going dancing, well I did not tell him I was taking him reggae dancing. It was a last minute decision: I was on Travbuddy editing my birthday blog when John sent me a message asking why I had not invited him to my birthday party. My reply to him was that I had not invited any of the Phoenix Travbuddies either; my decision to have a birthday party had been a last minute thing too. I then told him I had another party to attend tonight and if he did not have any prior engagements or commitments, he was welcome to join me for the traditional 4th of July barbeque at Jay’s house. He said he had no prior commitments but had to check on something and would call me back in fifteen minutes. Well the call never came in the promised fifteen minutes.
The three TBs (Nikki, John and Me)
I settled back on TB and edited my birthday blog some more, once I refreshed my updates page, I found a comment from John it simply read “I’m leaving in 15 minutes”, which meant he had been on the road fifteen minutes already.
The drive would take him three hours putting him in Tucson at a quarter to 6:00 p.m. I was excited so I called him and he said he needed directions getting to my place: of course he had not written down the address I had given him, ok he said he did not carry the piece of paper he wrote the address on. My cell phone is something else, I replace my Verizon phone with one of those pay as you go cellular phones that work when you don’t need them to work and completely shuts off when you need them to work. John could not get in touch with me for the first hour that he was on the road so he sent me a text message to call him. We did the phone thing for a while and soon he was in Tucson, we had a refreshing glass of rum and cola at my apartment before we decided to go to the BBQ.
Nikki and John (both TBs)