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October 23, 2005

Volume 7, Issue 23

You ride off into the sunset.

What now?

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"I'm gonna miss you," Earlene told me as she pulled me close for another kiss.

"Don't worry, darlin'," I reassured her. "I'll be back in a week or so, soon as I get this load to LA and get a load back." I held her close, kissed her long and hard, then let go and climbed into my rig. I blew her a kiss, put the truck into gear, and headed west.

The glare from the setting sun made it difficult to see the cell phone screen as I looked to see who I could call at my next stop.

Posted by: hnumpah at October 23, 2005 8:29 AM · Permalink

“Wait up,” my trusted companion calls.

I tighten the reins, slowing my horse to a canter, but I don’t look back. I never look back. “What is it?” I ask.

“I was just thinking,” he says. “Have you noticed these towns are all alike?”

“No. Glory Wells was completely different than, say, Tumbleweed Gulch.”

“Was it? Let’s see. Did the sheriff ride out of Glory Wells, leaving it to the bad guys?”


“Did you shoot the bad guys?”


“Did you kiss the beautiful schoolmarm?”


“And did anybody thank you?”

“Well, no.”

“These towns are all alike, Kemosabe.”

Posted by: Jim Parkinson at October 23, 2005 10:53 AM · Permalink

The bad guys are vanquished, got the girl--with more of a struggle than the bad guys I might add-- put another key to the city on your ring and you've ridden off into the proverbial sunset. Just wut are yew gonna do now? Well lemme see. I could start a family, get inta debt puttin' up Walmart swingsets in the backyard of a cookie cutter house, get tired o’ all that, dump the wife and kids for another adventure and another sunset ‘cause beatin’ up bad guys is easy compared to commitment. Then I’ll write me a book about it.

Posted by: Eric at October 23, 2005 1:47 PM · Permalink

What? No front page contributors today?

Not even the stalwart Ted?

Posted by: Jim Parkinson at October 23, 2005 5:45 PM · Permalink

Weekends are tough for all of us. I'm trying to come up with something now.

And three of our contributers are in Wilma's path.

Posted by: michele at October 23, 2005 5:50 PM · Permalink

I hope they make it through safely.

I was going to make a joke about Flordians but I'm not sure somebody living in Southern California (home of fires, quakes and mudslides) really has much to say on that matter.

Posted by: Jim Parkinson at October 23, 2005 6:56 PM · Permalink

Check before you post!