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[May. 16th, 2007|09:34 am]
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Ed and Hank, 6th update

Wherever yer goin' 'm goin' yer way...

Ed and Hank will probably be back towards the end of summer… if Ed does anything. (Beyond the usual, that is.) And Hank might be able to send brief updates and/or postcards every now and again since Iris gave them her old laptop.

*A whole lotta thanks to everyone who has been reading and commenting! (Or just reading.) Hank and I have appreciated it more than we can say. Ed pretends he doesn't care, but he does.

Disclaimer: As always, Jack and Ennis belong to Annie Proulx. And Ed and Hank belong only to each other. 'Moon River' was composed by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini. OFI: Yes. $$: Ed and Hank are taking it all with them... unfortunately it ain't much.
Always appreciated.

Everthing else is here:

"Moon river, wider than a mile
’M crossin' you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker
Wherever yer goin'... 'm goin' yer way...

Two drifters, off ta see the world
There’s such a lot a world ta see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end,
Waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend,
Moon river, and me"

"Hey… Tha’ sign says the road is closed…
Ain’t ya gonna turn ‘round, Hank?”

“Don’ worry ‘bout it, Ed. Don’ think they really mean it.”

“Why wouldn’ they mean it?”

“Don’ look like a real serious ‘Road Closed’ sign ta me.”

“’N jus' what would a serious ‘Road Closed’ sign look like?”

“Prob’bly have some flashin’ lights. Or be more of a barricade.
That one looks more like they ain’t too emphatic about it.”

"How 'bout tha'?
Tha' look a l'il more serious to ya?"

"Guess they had a l'il floodin'."

"Ya figure it'd jus' take a l'il floodin' ta uproot tha' sign'?"

“Guess it were more 'n just a l'il floodin'...
But the road don' really seem ta be closed.
Jus' looks more like part of it’s missin'.”

"Part? More like half.
Maybe we should turn around, Hank.”

“Nah. Half a road is still plenty a road.”

“’N what if’n the whole thing’s gone up ahead?”

“Guess we’ll just have ta hope that it ain’t
‘n turn ‘round if’n it is."

"Lose a lotta time tha' way."

"Ya in a rush ta get somewheres, Ed?"

"I dunno... Maybe. Where're we goin'?"

"Here 'n there."

"Not real keen on stayin' here. But I'd kinda like ta be gettin' there."

"Well yer in luck then 'cause tha's where we're goin'.
'N look, Ed... We already got some a our side a the road back.”

"Don' look like fer long."

"Only need it fer jus' long enough."

"So... ya gonna believe tha' sign?"



"Ya never know with them folks...
They could be tellin' us the truth... or not."

"Think maybe I should drive fer a while Hank.
Yer soundin' a l'il crazy.
Think maybe the heat's gettin' ta ya."

"It ain't tha' hot. 'N I ain't tha' crazy. 'N 'm drivin' jus' fine..."

"Lookout fer tha' car comin' at us."

"I see it. I see it.
 Hey... guess they weren't lyin' this time... Tha's definitely a bump.
Good news though, Ed..."


"Tha' car comin' at us... prob'bly means the road's open all the way through."

"Maybe. Maybe not.
Fella drivin' it migh' jus' be as crazy as you are."

"Hard ta believe tha' l'il stream did all tha'."

"Tha's practic'lly a river in these here parts.
'N I don' think it were tha' l'il at the time."

"Musta been some storm."

"Why'd ya wanna come this way anyways, Hank?"

"S'posed ta be some rock art 'round here tha' we ain't seen before.
Say folks lived in this area fer over 5,000 years."

"5,000 years, huh? 'N tha's the best they could do?"

"Never pegged ya fer a rock art snob, Ed."


"Well... gotta admit... you were righ' Hank.
Road were open all the way through.
Not a whole helluva lot down it... but it were open..."

"Told ya they weren't real serious 'bout tha' sign.
Hey... How 'bout we go check out tha' ol train station?

"Looks kinda outta place.
Like ya could put the rest a the town inside 'n still have room fer more."

"Sure does. Real purty buildin' though.
This town musta been doin' a whole lot better once upon a time ago."

"So this is 'there' then, huh?"

"Nah. Ain't quite there yet."

"Well... tha's kinda a relief."

"Whadya mean?"

"Ya seen all tha' equipment?"


"'N them signs?"

"I didn' read them signs."

"Ya migh' wanna..."



“First the bubonic plague, now radiation...
Ya always take me ta the best places, Hank.”

"Looks like they'll be able ta tell us next week if'n there's anything ta be worried 'bout."

"Tha's real comfortin'. S'pose they'll be mailin' us the results or callin' us?"

"Wouldn' hold yer breath either way."

"Kinda doubt holdin' our breath would help anyways.
Hey, Hank... Seein' as we're already poss'bly irradiated...
ya wanna get a burger?"

"Looks like they're closed Ed. Permanent-like."
'Sides we don' got no money ta be spendin' on eatin' out too often.
Should prob'bly jus' make us some sandwiches.
Got plenty a stuff in the cooler."

"I guess... Hey, Hank... You seen anyone in this town?"


"Me neither. Kinda creepy.
"Maybe it's 'bout time we get outta here
'n start headin' ta wherever tha' 'there' ya were talkin' 'bout migh' be."

"Yeah... migh' as well get goin'..."

"Wha's wrong, Hank?"

“Guess this trip ain’t startin’ out too good...
Washed out roads 'n bad rock art 'n radiation 'n not one interestin' shaped rock...
Ain't 'xactly wha' I had in mind..."

"Ya think tha' stuff matters ta me? I don' much care, Hank..."

"Been bitchin' 'nough fer a fella who says he don' care."

"Damn righ'...
Ya know tha's half the fun fer me.
Maybe more 'n half. More like two thirds. Or even three quarters...
Okay... maybe jus' half. Other half is bein' with you. Maybe more 'n half.
More like two thirds. Or three quarters...
Maybe even seven eighths."

"Love ya, dumbass."

"Love you too, dumbass.
Now... where ya draggin' ma sorry ass next?
Think the biggest open pit mine in the world ain't too far away.
Or maybe Death Valley... should be real nice there this time a year....
Prob'bly no more 'n a hundred 'n ten degrees in..."

"I know, I know... In the shade. 'N there ain't no shade."


"Okay... giant open pit mine it is..."

"So's what're ya waitin' fer..?
Let's hit the road Jack..."

"Whatever ya say, Cowboy."


The End?


Just another beginning...


"Uh... Hank?"

"Yeah, Ed?"

"We ain't really goin' ta tha' open pit mine... Are we?"



"Ya wanna put a cd in?"



"Purty song."


"Glad Iris sends us all them cds."

"Me too."

"Hey, Ed?"

"Yeah, Hank?"

"Now d'ya want me ta tell ya where we're really goin'?"

"Nah... Think maybe I'd rather be s'prised."

"Thought ya didn' like s'prises?
Guess it ain't always true wha' they say 'bout old dogs 'n new tricks."

"I ain't old, Hank."

"I know ya ain't old, Ed."

"I'm really gonna miss them dogs though."

"Me too."

"D'ya think they're gonna be happier stayin' home?"

"Yeah. Bill will take real good care a 'em.
'N they ain't like Stella were.
Drivin' 'round makes 'em awful nervous."

"Prob'bly on account a bein' dumped like they was."


"Think they'd know by now we wouldn' do tha' to 'em."

"Hard thing ta get over.
Jus' gotta give 'em some more time."

"Yeah. Still miss 'em."

"Me too... Hey, Ed?"

"Yeah, Hank?"

"Them Dixie Chicks migh' wanna sleep on the hard ground
but I sure don' wanna...
Didya pack tha' new campin' pad we bought?"

"Yep. So's we can get a good night's sleep.
'N then tomorrow maybe none a the roads'll be washed out
'n we'll find some real nice rock art 'n we won' be irradiated at all
'n maybe we'll even run 'cross a whole buncha interestin' shaped rocks."

"Thanks, Ed.
Ya know I been thinkin' maybe I should consider broadenin' ma hobby some...
After all, a lot more 'n rocks can be interestin'..."

"Why ya grinnin' like tha'?"

"No reason..."

"Don' think I believe ya."

"Ya sure ya packed tha' new campin' pad?"

"Yep. First thing."


"Sounds like ya got somethin' in mind."

"Maybe. Jus' kinda a inauguration ceremony a sorts fer it."

"Inauguration ceremony, huh?"

"Yep. Gonna inaugurate the hell outta it."

"Ya are, uh?"

"Nope. We are.
'N it's kinda a formal thing...
So's ya better wear yer birthday suit."

"Lucky fer me I don' go nowheres withou' it."

"Lucky fer me too."


Ya know damn well
this ain't really the end neither.


Bad epitaph writin' is contagious.
I caught it from Hank
So's (just in case) here's mine:

This here's the epitaph fer MyEyesAintBlue
The one who insisted their story were true
But Ed 'n Hank swear
It were all pulled from thin air
'N I wouldn' not believe 'em, would you?


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[User Picture]From: jennasts
2007-05-16 05:32 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to say that I read all of Ed and Hank through a few weeks ago, in two sittings, and I enjoyed it a lot. It has an odd connection to Brokeback Mountain fandom, that is for sure, and it took a while for me to wrap my brain around it. Once I stopped trying to make connections with Ennis and Jack, and read it just because I was enjoying spending the time with Ed and Hank, I was able to enjoy it for what it is. There is an immense amount of cleverness in the way this story is constructed, and I feel so fond not only of Ed and Hank (long may they travel!) but of you, the author, as well. Thank you so much for conveying this world to us. Uh, tell Hank thanks, too! Have a good summer, and I surely do hope to see more updates. That is, if Ed does anything worth writing about....
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-17 02:54 am (UTC)
Two sittings?!? That was some Ed and Hank marathon. :D
So glad you enjoyed it though. Thanks! I must admit I have a good time hanging out with Ed and Hank too. And Hank is definitely hoping for more updates as well. (Ed not so much.)
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2007-05-16 07:18 pm (UTC)
I agree with Jenna, I think your story is so creative. I have loved the postcards, the interludes the wonderful visuals and Ed's bitching and moaning.

I do hope you will continue to update this as you can

Linda :-)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-17 03:02 am (UTC)
Thanks! And thanks for all your comments. And I do have faith that Ed will do something this summer that Hank can write about later. No matter how hard he tries not to :)
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[User Picture]From: not_hathor
2007-05-16 07:35 pm (UTC)

I got a little behind in the reading (I actually spent a couple of days the past week or so doing my JOB! Gotta spruce up the place for the new pastor, ya know?); hope Iris had a good trip home that didn't involve driving through or flying over Kansas! *Shudders*

I think I figured it out... Hank is taking Ed to Area 51?

Later, 'Cousin'!

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-17 03:12 am (UTC)
Hey Cousin,

You are good! Ed and Hank aren't heading to Area 51, but those pictures weren't taken all that far from it - About 45 miles away from the 'Extraterrestrial Highway' at the closest point. Sorry... they aren't going to the beautiful resort town of Tonopah, NV either :( (At least as far as I know)

Iris did have a good trip home and it did not involve passing through or over the great state of Kansas. (Hank never actually wrote about her leave-taking.) :)

Happy sprucing!
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-16 07:39 pm (UTC)

Thought they would like that song : -)

Glad they're finally takin that road trip. Lots of interestin rocks, and rock art, and good places to eat that ain't irradiated an have mighty fine pie. Not to mention wild blue skies and beautiful sunsets and a blanket made of stars. Foam pads aren't a bad idea either, even if they don't sound as romantic. It's how you inaugurate em that counts--well, and how much you enjoy bein on em after that.

Love those dumbasses. Look forward to hearin from em again some time. Wonder if Ed'll ever try his hand at writin somethin bout Hank? He's changed so much, he just might, specially if Hank does somethin interestin.

Tell you what, friend: Ed and Hank are dead wrong bout bein made up. Mighta been at the beginning, but they're real now--just like Ennis and Jack are real. 'Cause they're alive in my heart, an yours, an we all know that love is what gives all of us life and shows us our real selves.

So drive safe, you guys, an don' forget to stop by and say Howdy if you ever get to the East Coast. We got interestin sky-scrapers, all kinds a art, an I make a really fine pie.:-)

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-17 03:25 am (UTC)

Re: Thought they would like that song : -)

Hey Joan,

Hanks glad they're finally taking that road trip too. He was itchin' ta get outta town.

Shhhh... don't tell anyone, but Ed and Hank forced me to put that stuff about them being made up in my epitaph. So don't believe them for a minute.

But seriously, you do have such a beautiful way with words: "Cause they're alive in my heart, an yours, an we all know that love is what gives all of us life and shows us our real selves."

I have looked forward to your comments all along. Thanks!


P.S. Be careful about offering pie... with that kind of enticement who knows who could show up at your door.
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From: mazaher
2007-05-16 08:11 pm (UTC)


First of all, I *do* trust you, and Ed, and Hank, are really meaning business with that "new beginning" stuff and you're not planning to dump *us*... Not forever, at least =)
Then, Edthedog and Hankthedog have a lot in common with my cat Alias (I won't tell him he has, he's almost as big as a Lab but doesn't like dogs). He was also dumped quite a few times before he found us, a feat which included climbing two stories from the *outside* with a wounded leg. It seems he was usually kicked out in Spring or Fall, so for a few years he was extra careful with us during changes of season, staying on his best behavior and watching our moves... Then he relaxed and now he's year-round happy.
Last, Thank You, and enjoy the trip!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-17 03:52 am (UTC)

Re: Dumped!

A cat almost as big as a dog - That's amazing! I am so glad that Alias found you. He sure knew where to go, two stories, wounded leg and all. It makes Ed and Hank and me feel better about Edthedog and Hankthedog eventually being able to completely adjust knowing that Alias relaxed after a few years. So happy to hear that he's year-round happy now! (And don't worry, I can't tell Edthedog or Hankthedog that they have something in common with a cat either.)

Iris adopted two cats that were rescued from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. At first the little one would wolf down his food so fast that he'd make himself sick. Then he'd eat his buddy's food too for good measure and get sick again. Iris said he's doing much better now though. But we all still feel so bad for all the folks who have no idea where their pets ended up.

And NO, Hank is not planning on "dumping" y'all. Not forever at least. And he trusts that Ed will do something worth writing about this summer. He does hope to stay in touch now and again too, just so's folks don't forget about them. :)
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From: senseofpeace
2007-05-16 09:07 pm (UTC)
I have been reading, sometimes I forget to comment, but please know that your story brings a big smile to my face everytime. I love your creativity. Please keep up the good work!!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-17 04:04 am (UTC)
Hey there and thanks! Your comments are appreciated whenever you feel like leaving one. :) I'm just happy to know it makes you smile.
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[User Picture]From: huladavid
2007-05-16 10:50 pm (UTC)

Road Conditions

About twenty-bajillion years ago I drove to Alaska (in a Pinto station wagon with a jacked-up suspension) with some friends. One day, just shortly after we got on the Alaskan Highway, and while I was driving, we ran into some road construction (there's ALWAYS road construction on the Al-Can...). I kept on driving, and then it got to the point where we were in the middle of a graded area about the size of a football field with about a thousand road graders, bulldozers & the like, and I stopped. "Leo", who'd been born in Fairbanks, asked why I stopped.

"'Cuz", I wailed, "I don't know where the road is anymore! "

We found it, and continued to have many adventures including two traffic accidents, a broken cruise ship, and bodily injuries.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-17 04:18 am (UTC)

Re: Road Conditions


Who had to sit in the backseat?!? Were the station wagon Pintos prone to exploding too? I am sorry I'm laughing at bodily injuries. (I do hope they weren't serious) And I just don't understand the "broken cruise ship". Glad you found the road. Maybe Rule should take a trip to Alaska...

Ed and Hank are keeping their fingers crossed, knocking on wood and doing anything else they can think of to keep their vehicle running. (It's old. Not nearly as old as the one that passed away, but still purty damn old.) They've laid in a good supply of duct-tape just in case...
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[User Picture]From: bbmgirlfan
2007-05-17 03:34 am (UTC)
Really, really good story!

You know, I still half believe it!

And I look forward to seeing them again.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-17 04:46 am (UTC)
Thanks Jeanine!

I've really enjoyed your comments all along. And just between you and me, I definitely would NOT believe Ed and Hank when they say their story was made up. (They made me put that in the epitaph.)
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2007-05-17 04:34 am (UTC)

On the road again

I'm happy that you guys are on the road and well stay away from that radiation but well I sure would like some more rock formations or rock art I love your style and taste I guess I'm a bit of a strange bird also but what the heck. It is fun exploring roads unknown and usually they turn into something at least for the most part. Reminds me of taking some old roads near my parents once with my dad and he said oh don't worry when they turn into dirt we worry more and then the road turned to dirt and the next thing we knew we were on an old logging trail that well did end up in the middle of nowhere except on the edge of an old rock pile. But, heck what is an adventure if you don't have a few things like this. Glad you are traveling look forward to more pictures to be sent on the trip. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-17 05:16 am (UTC)

Re: On the road again

Hey Joe! Thanks so much for your comments all along. They've been just great! And we'll do our best to find some more interestin' stuff this summer and send some pictures now and then. (Although usually you stumble across the best stuff when you aren't even looking for it at all...) Love the story about the old logging roads. And Hank would be quite happy to end up on the edge of an old rock pile any day. Hank loves rocks.
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[User Picture]From: joycedavenport
2007-05-17 12:14 pm (UTC)
Please tell Ed and Hank to have a wonderful trip and that I have had a wonderful trip with them reading all about what really happened. Also tell them that lots of their firends here, me included, will be really happy if'n they send an occasional postcard. Please give Ed a hug and Hank a big kiss. And then give Hank a hug and Ed a big kiss. And Hankthedog and Edthedog some extra dog biscuits, and a good scratch behind the ears.

Love ya, as ever, smartass,

Joyce oxxoxoxooxox
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-20 02:34 am (UTC)
Hey there! So glad you enjoyed the trip. I've really enjoyed your comments along the way. Consider everyone well-hugged and kissed. And I'll make sure Bill takes care of those dogs real proper-like with extra dog biscuits and that ear scratching.

And let's all be careful out there this summer. (Sorry... I just couldn't resist. ;D )

Hugs and kisses backatcha from everyone! Ed and Hank will try to stay in touch. But if you haven't heard from them by the end of July, send help.
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From: ellenlj
2007-05-17 01:18 pm (UTC)


you are funny and creative but I keep reading for the emotions -the glimpses of them coming together, the hard parts of being a couple, the weird things that still crop up so far down the line

the humor and invention leaven things beautifully but I love the tenderness mixed in with the canon-like difficulties of the sweet life

be well whereever you go, check in when you can, thanks!

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-20 02:40 am (UTC)

Re: sniff

No "sniff"ling allowed! Ed and Hank simply won't stand for it. And thanks, glad you still think those glimpses come through. That is so sweet of you to say. And thanks too for all your comments along the way. Ed and Hank will definitley check in when they can... well... Hank will anyway.
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From: rainattimes
2007-05-19 03:59 am (UTC)
I can't believe this is the end. I've have the most amazing laughs over your photographs ( and secretly wondered why you weren't arrested, in some cases , LOL) Ed and Hank the perfect Gilbert and Sullivan story, almost 77% camp and then the pure glimmer of reality, pain, pathos...myeyesaintblue, YEE-HAW!!! thanks for the ride.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-05-20 02:53 am (UTC)
LOL! Ed wants to know which one you think he is -- Gilbert or Sullivan?

Glad it made you laugh! (And that you liked the other stuff too.) And thanks for all your comments along the way. It might not be the end though 'cause Hank probably won't be able to resist writing more if Ed does anything worth writing about this summer.
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