Mikey (neomikey) wrote,

Road trip? Road trip?

I sometimes wonder why it is I've got a job where I do. On Route 6 in downtown Portage, on the southern portion of the road, nestled between Culver's and Wendy's, both somewhat recently opened. Behind Pizza Hut a distance is Sears Hardware and Lowes, but squeezed into a space in there is a retention pond. While that might sound dirty, it's actually not. It's in a lowered area of land, surrounded by concrete road on three sides and a parking lot on the other. Ducks, geese, seagulls, and even a crane or two like to fly over to it and wade around in its waters, or chill out on the grassy slopes surrounding it. This is where I like to take my breaks. Just to the left of the two bushes across from our parking lot, then down to where there's a white rock and bare ground on my left and a small patch of exposed ground on my right which I use as a makeshift cup holder. The scenery down there is beautiful, and there's nobody there with me. Ever. I like to close my eyes and lie back in the grass after I have my personal pizza, and quietly listen to the sounds of easygoing cars driving by, while feeling the sun against my face. That...is a true break not many can experience, and I'm grateful my restaurant is located where it is.

Yesterday, though, I didn't get to have such a break. I unfortunately had to leave to get a license. It's not that my license expired, but rather that my wallet evaporated, for all I know. I don't know what happened to my wallet, other than one day it mysteriously disappeared under entirely normal circumstances. Cops are able to look up your information if they ever pull you over...at least, they did the last time I got a speeding ticket in Valpo...but I needed a picture I.D. for a plane ticket. I'll need it when I come back from Florida.

Now would be a nice time to tell you about the upcoming roadtrip which I'm making. I think that I mentioned it before that Fallon, my old roommate, is moving away. She isn't going to fly to Florida, because she has things which she needs to take with her, and they are too big and numerous to take on a plane with conventional means. That means she'll be driving down there, and she wanted somebody to be with her for safety reasons. Work was begrudgingly willing to give me the time off that I'll be gone (one week/seven days), and most the people there don't know I would be gone during this time. Before I left, I grabbed a flower from the median a small walk away from Pizza Hut, and gave it to main manager Liz, telling her I appreciated her giving me this time off, and that I'd be willing to help in what ways I could once I returned. Contrary to how she acted towards me the past few weeks, she then acted sorry to see me leave, and wished me a nice time and told me to drive safely.

I should have tried to take her advice sooner. Yesterday, while driving to Fallon's, I had my Pizza Hut hat on, still in my work clothes, when a cop thought I was going to fast, and decided to pull me over. I didn't see the flashing lights behind me, though, because the visor from my cap blocked my view of my rearview mirror. I happened to look up and saw that, then pulled over. But then I got the royal treatment.... The light was shone into my car, then they called over the speaker to show my hands out the window. I didn't understand them, though, so I poked my head out of the window, and yelled back, "What?!" A cop got out and asked me to get out of the vehicle, and was patted down, then my car was searched, while first asked if I had "anything in there he should know about". I told him it was a mess in there, and afterwards he agreed it was "filthy". Now I have two tickets--one for driving too fast and the other for "failure to yield to an emergency vehicle". I would have stopped sooner, if I'd known they were behind me, but I was told this cop was hugely angry at me, thinking he was about to start a chase when he at first didn't see me stop.

I don't know if this means I'll lose my job or not. We're allowed a ticket every year at my job, but for two tickets at the same time, I don't know if that means I'm barred employment now. I guess I'll figure that out once I get back.... Everybody tells me to go to court, because the cops never show up, and it'll be erased from my record then. That sounds like a nice idea, but I know I did wrong, even if I personally think that ticket for "not yielding" is pretty harsh. It's not the price of the tickets I'm worried about, but rather my insurance. I don't know what's going to happen...I don't know.... The cop I talked to explained I could take some "defensive driving" course to take points off my license, but I already did that once, and don't know if I'll be able to do that again. I'm not sure what's going to happen with this.... Only thing I can think right now is wait until I come back to sort through all this.

We're going to leave in a little bit to go to Fallon's place, where Dad will drop me off and from there, we finish packing away everything and wait for the Salvation Army to come to pick up the large, unwanted belongings. Last night I ran into a very large stockpile of CD's with anime on them, and Fallon gave them all to me. I don't know how much of it is subtitled, but I hope very little.... I'm not trying to collect anime series, but I'm instead trying to get source material for future videos. There's a lot to still do around the apartment, but I need to wait right now until Dad is ready to drive me over.

I plotted the address with Mapquest, and it turns out we should be passing through a friend's town in Florida on one of the highways. My friend Kat, my first friend on Gaia and inspiration to start music videos, lives in Florida, and hopefully I'll get to meet up with her on the way. Fallon and I would like to get down there as soon as possible, hopefully by tomorrow some time, and from there, we would get her things situated at her mom's place, and...vacation. If anybody lives close to a place called Mulberry in Florida (Joel, you around there?), give my blasted cell phone a call.

Anyways, that's it. Sorry for not having told more of you this sooner. I haven't been able to get in contact with a large portion of you out there because of my computer's problems. Last couple times I was on, I had to suddenly leave. Steph, sorry about bailing on you like that; I was ub3r tired. Biccy, sorry I didn't come back the other night. I was trying to fix problems on my comp after I restarted. Anyways, I hope to take a lot of pictures while I'm there with Fallon's digital camera, being if she'll let me.

Also, it's come to my attention that my LiveJournal is about a year old now. Odd how I missed that.... Over a year ago, still living with Ryan and Fallon and working at Wendy's, I started this journal at the behest of Erin, and have been updating it since then. My other journals still exist, as far as I know, but yet this one has continued on strongly. Maybe I might write in this for the rest of my life...or I might not. I don't know. I just hope my journal has been okay so far, and it's somehow in some way helped to enrich the lives of the people who read it, in some fashion.

Anyways, Dad is going to be ready to leave soon, so here is where I'll stop. Take care, all, and God bless. :)
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