It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, honestly.
In fact, I talk more than I ever have…in person.
But these past two years of my dwindling blogging has coincided with two pretty crappy years of my life, and no one loves a sad blog.
So rather than blog you through the ups and downs of it, I just let the blog fester and mold for a bit.
Am I back?
Do I have something to say right now?
A song and a memory.
Unspecified location, unspecified year.
I opened the car and got in the passenger’s seat. We hadn’t seen each other in a very long time, and I had never been a passenger in your car. I made a joke about hoping that you were a safe driver, and being a typical guy you guffawed that you used to do this for a living on a snowy mountain, thankyouverymuch.
As we pulled out of the airport parking lot, you put this song on the radio and said that you had been listening to it quite a bit and that it was really nice.
Right away the beauty of the song hit me. We played it one more time.
We were both excited, happy to reconnect after so long, and equal parts nervous and unsure of what the weekend had in store. We headed towards the city, where we quickly ran into a detour. Thinking I knew the way, I directed you to take a turn, which meant driving down a restricted road. (Oversight, my bad.)
The police pulled us over.
I tried to be helpful, so I reached over to turn the music down while you rolled open the driver’s side window.
Instead, I accidentally turned it up and blasted this song at full peak, turning it from a beautifully melodic piece into a big EFF YOU to the approaching policeman.
Next time, I will be less of a backseat driver.
You charmed the policeman enough that he not only let us go without fine or warning, but also gave us detailed directions on how to get to our destination, and saw us off with a smile and a wave.
When I hear this song I am always brought back to that night’s drive into the city. The streetlights sliding by, the emotion swirling around in the car. The nerves, the excitement. The curiosity, the sweetness.
And of course, the pretty awesome driving.