Maybe more than you want to know, but here is a look out of my window this evening.
I rarely sleep well when away from home, regardless of where I am. This week of vacation was no different. Each night, I would toss and turn and wake up a few times…luckily, I can usually fall back asleep quickly. After a fifteen mile bike ride with the girls in the afternoon, I hoped my last night at the beach would be restful.
As we closed out our week, it was down to me, Megan and her fiend, Ivey. They had asked if we could go to Hudson’s for our final, seafood dinner. We arrived, dinner was great, but as we walked out, we were greated with one of the prettiest sunsets I have ever seen.
Got back and packed what we didn’t need for the night/morning. We pretty much loaded everything in her vehicle as I was to stop by Sun City Hilton Head to collect flags for our Tattered Flag Program and I was told they had a “few bags”.
I fell asleep around 1030 and was awakened by a text message from my sister at 11:40pm. She said it wasn’t urgent and since, I was groggy from being in a deep sleep, I texted back I’d call back in the morning. Back to sleep (in retrospect, I should have called, and I apologized today)
At 2:04am, I received an “All Call” text message from ADPS regarding a shooting. I guess I need to call them Monday and have them take my cell number off the list, now that I been “retired” a couple of months. Back to sleep.
Then, at 5:30, received the text picture of the puppy’s birthday breakfast.
Stayed in bed until 6:00 and then made the coffee, finished up some semi-stale breakfast food and took off for my 8:30 meeting with a few of the guys from the Sun City Veterans Association, stopping for a quick walk on the beach first.
I arrived at Sun City on time and was met by Tom Burke and my old friend, Jim Quirk who presented me with over one thousand used flags for our Tattered Flag Program!! Good thing I emptied out my car as there was little room left when we loaded up all those flags.
It was an uneventful two and a half hour drive to Aiken, stopping to unload the flags at the funeral home and then heading home.
No sooner had I finished getting slobbered on by the birthday puppies, my cell phone rang and it was my daughter Megan, calling to let me know that she and Ivey were stranded near Beaufort as “Dora” was broken down. First problem was she didn’t know exactly where she was as it was the first time she had ever driven in that area. Second problem was that was two and a half hours away.
They got someone to help them determine where they were and then got AAA on the way and I started heading back to the Low Country. Once the flatbed got there, I was able to find out where it was going and a little over two hours later, was able to collect my daughter, her friend and all the luggage from Beaufort Motorsports Towing & Recovery Services. I was also able to survey the damage and authorize them to fix it (on Monday) and then headed back up the long road to Aiken for the second time today.
Vacation over. Welcome back to reality and maybe tonight I will rest.