On the Road - Part 3

Wednesday - Fort Wayne, Indiana. Morning. A little reading (CS Lewis) and a little writing (about a futuristic police state that controls its population through propaganda and misinformation - it's a love story). In the afternoon visited a bookstore where I found Edward Gorey's book Ascending Peculiarity on the bargain shelf at 60% off! The woman behind the counter seemed genuinely interested when I mentioned that I used to see Gorey back in the 1990's eating lunch at Jack's Outback in Yarmouth Port. He would eat there every day, alone, in silence, normally while reading a book. It was understood that you were never to speak to Mr. Gorey, although once, and only once, he actually nodded a sort of  "hello" to me. I was tempted to say something like, "Hello, Mr. Gorey," but instead merely followed his lead and nodded back. Thus was my brief encounter with the great Edward Gorey (1925-2000).

Thursday - I watched the Weather Channel, feeling helpless, 960 miles away, as a tropical storm bears down on good old Cape Cod. The feeling reminds me of two books I read years ago - Douglas Adams' Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy and Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles - in which characters are far away from their home planet and experience a deep longing to return. After a little writing, and a large lunch, head out with family to the Allen County Fair. Lots of cows, horses, llama, swine, goats, rabbits, etc, etc. It's a real old fashioned county fair - heavy on livestock and agriculture and light on rides and games. Perfect for the rural environment in which I presently find myself. I enjoy the 4-H displays, and find myself impressed with these country folk - young and old. Family, community, and religion form the foundation of their lives. Back at the ranch, we prepare for our final night, packing up, there's even talk of a card game. Two days of travel ahead, with Cape Cod on the other end, cast out into the mighty Atlantic.

Cape Cod / Fort Wayne facts: Cape Cod has fiberglass whales on its streets, Fort Wayne has fiberglass mastodons (one was discovered excavating the campus of IPFW); the Cape has/had the Cape Cod Coliseum, Fort Wayne has the War Memorial Coliseum; Massachusetts has hurricanes (and tropical storms), Indiana has tornadoes; Boston is home to "Cheers," Fort Wayne is home to Shelly Long (the actress who played Diane on Cheers).

Jack Sheedy

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