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[Jun. 2nd, 2007|09:12 am]
[music |On a clear day you can see forever...]

Road trippin' with Ed and Hank (2)

Greetin's from...
A room with a view

Note: Bad weather + internet access = an update much sooner, and somewhat longer, than expected. This sort of ended up being the second part to Road Trippin' with Ed and Hank part 1. (Who woulda thought it?)

Disclaimer: Hank told their story to Annie Proulx. Jack and Ennis are all hers. Ed and Hank belong only to each other. Rating: PG-I (for Insinuendo) $$: Nope.
Always appreciated.

If you haven't read part one you might want to read it first. It's here: http://myeyesaintblue.livejournal.com/28418.html

Everything else is here:

Greetin's from...
A room with a view...

"Cain't believe we come 'cross 'nother one.
Ain't no one gonna believe it were no coincidence."

"Ya don' gotta write 'bout it, Hank."

"Jus' lookit it...
How can I not write 'bout it?"

"Well... this here gover'ment-built one
ain't near as nice as
tha' other one."

"Nope... but it's got a space heater.
Tha' other one didn' have no space heater."

"Lotta space out here ta heat...
Hardly think it could do the job."

"I dunno... it's purty interestin' lookin...
Seems ta me like it could do the job..."

"There ya go with tha' one track mind a yers."

"Don' know wha' yer talkin' 'bout, Ed."

"Yeah... I jus' bet you don'."

"Guess it don' rain much here
so's tha's why they musta took down the walls.
'N tha' way when nature calls ya got a real good view a it."

"No arguin' with tha'."

"But leave it ta our gover'ment ta pick a spot like this fer takin' a shit."

"Don' start Hank... Too nice a day "

"Okay... okay... So...
There's a mighty interestin' rock or two up there...
Ya wanna see wha' else interestin' migh' be up this here canyon?"

"Can tell ya 'xactly wha's up tha' canyon... more canyon.
'N prob'bly some more canyon after tha'.
Ain't goin' fer no hike, Hank..."

"Don' have no hikin' in mind.
Jus' thought we'd meander 'round a bit...
saunter up this here dry streambed fer a l'il while."

"Guess we could stretch our legs a l'il...
Don' wanna go too far though..."


"Yeah... ya say tha' now...
but it's hard ta get ya headed back
'cause ya always wanna see wha's 'round the next bend."

"I promise...
We'll head back whenever ya say."

"Okay then.
 Wait a second though..."

"Why'd ya put the lid down, Ed?
Not like anyone's used it fer a long, long time."

"Jus' bein' polite...
Never know who migh' come by."

"Mighty considerate a ya...
but this here's all hidden from the road.
Jus' pulled over 'cause this canyon looked kinda interestin'.
Ain't no one else likely ta come by 'cause it ain't no regular trail...
Hmmm... So's maybe..."

"So's maybe wha'?"

"So's maybe we can see if'n somethin' interestin' migh' come up...
ya know... 'round the next bend or two...
if'n we find a nice, suitable spot.
Somewheres comfortable..."


"Ya serious?"

"Maybe. C'mon Hank..."

"Uh... Ed?"

"Yeah, Hank?"

"Ya do realize yer holdin' my hand, dontcha?
Ya ain't never done tha' before."

"Ain't holdin' yer hand."

"Watcha doin' then?"

"Jus' makin' sure ya don' wander off 'n get all lost or somethin'."

"Tha' so?"


"Love ya, dumbass."

"Love you too, dumbass."



"There's an idea...
Wonder if'n any trucks come with sunroofs?
Get awful tired a them bug guts on the windshield in all my pictures."

"Prob'bly jus' end up with them bug guts in yer teeth.
Or in yer hair. Or up yer nose."

"Well... Tha' woman sure looks like she's havin' a awful good time,
bug guts or no..."

"Hey... thought you said there weren't no one else 'round..."

"Didn' say there weren't no one else drivin' down this here road...
Jus' said there weren't no one else in tha' canyon.
'N there weren't, were there?"

"Hell... Once we found tha' nice, comfortable, secluded-like spot
One a them marchin' bands coulda gone righ' by
'n I wouldna noticed a thing."

"Not even the tubas?"

"Nope. Not even the tubas."


A few days later...
at a little cafe with wireless internet ...

Shit. Still rainin' like crazy out there.
Did a couple a loads a laundry, got some groceries 'n called Bill...
Dogs are fine. Horses are fine. Ranch is fine.
'N he says his nephews are doin' okay."

"They got names ya know..."

"Still waitin' ta see if'n they deserve bein' addressed by 'em."

"They still grumblin' on accounta we don' have no ATVs?"

"Nah. Bill said they purty much stopped tha' after they spent a few days on horseback.
Guess they still grumble some 'bout havin' ta take care a them horses...
but Bill said they're startin' ta get real attached ta 'em
so's tha' should stop soon too."


"Hate them damn ATVs."

"Me too, Ed."

"Jus' tear up everythin'...
Always ridin' where they ain't s'posed ta...
Give me a good ol' horse anyday."

"Know all tha'... Agreein' with ya here, dumbass."

"Ya almos' done writin'?
Ya ain't wore yer self out too much sittin' here
 while I done all the work, have ya?"

"Nah. Shoulder aches a l'il maybe.
Almos' done, though. Thought I migh' add a song ta it...
Usually do tha' last... if'n 'm gonna use one."


"On a
clear day,
rise and look around you,
and you'll see who you are.
On a clear day, how it will astound you
That the glow of your feelings outshines every star.
You will follow every mountain, sea and shore,
You will see from far and near a world you've never seen before.
On a clear day, on a clear day, you can see forever, and ever, and ever more."

"Tha' ain't the view from tha' ol' pit toilet, Hank."

"Know tha'. But s' only 'bout fifteen miles away.
'Round these parts tha's righ' next door."

"Wouldn' call tha' seein' fer 'ferever' neither.
Prob'bly ain't no more 'n twenty miles.
'Course tha's as the crow flies.
Be a lot longer goin' by road.
If'n a road goes tha' way.
'N tha' mountain there
kinda blocks
the view."

"Ya think tha' mountain blocks the view, huh?"

"Blocks the view a ferever anyways."

"Don' block my view..."

"How ya figure tha'? Big ol' mountain sittin' plumb in the way..."

"Ain't got nothin' ta do with the scenery or the weather....
If'n I wanna see clear ta ferever alls I gotta do is look at you, Ed."

"Guess 'm so old it looks like I been 'round tha' long."

"Didn' mean it tha' way, Ed."

"Know ya didn'...
...Why don' we get outta here, Hank?"

"Still pourin' outside.
Where ya in such a big hurry ta get to?"

"Thought we could go back ta camp...
crawl inta the back a the truck...
listen ta the rain fallin'..."


"'N enjoy the view..."


The next day...

"Hey Ed, ya mind if'n we stop 'n use the internet again since it's still rainin'?
Tha' place serves pancakes..."

"Don' have ta twist m' arm."

"Jus' wanna finish tha' 'n post it online 'fore we go."


"Good pancakes."


  "See tha' ya used tha' picture...
the one a tha' heart made outta rocks...
Ya ain't gonna make out like ya made tha' heart yer self, are ya Hank?"

"Jus' weren't gonna mention it one way or the other...
Figured there weren't no harm in borrowin' it fer just a l'il while.
'Sides... mos' folks prob'bly know 'm too lazy ta make somethin' like tha'."

"So's didya tell 'em who's hat is who's?"

"Nah. Seems pretty clear ta me.
Though it'd be even easier if'n it were our regular cowboy hats."

"So... ya ready ta hit the road again?"

"Yep. Let's go 'n see wha' else is out there."

"Must be somethin' 'sides pit toilets somewheres..."

"Ya'd think..."


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[User Picture]From: eric_idle_rules
2007-06-02 04:43 pm (UTC)
More toilets! This story is wonderful.

I must say, you have great taste in music.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-03 02:32 am (UTC)
Glad you like the story and the music. Hopefully that's the last of the toilets though...
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From: cwby30
2007-06-02 06:27 pm (UTC)

Toad Rippin'...er, Road Trippin'


Well, like that part of the country, been through lots of it, never get tired of it, does seem like you can see forever sometimes. Sure like the pictures.

Must've been some kinda good view back at camp inside the truck, listening to the rain falling on the roof. Lazy days for sure.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-03 02:35 am (UTC)

Re: Toad Rippin'...er, Road Trippin'

Hey there, Glad you enjoyed the pictures! Ed and Hank definitely enjoyed their lazy day. The view was definitely one of the best back at camp. And you just gotta love the sound of rain falling on a roof...
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[User Picture]From: joycedavenport
2007-06-02 07:31 pm (UTC)
Ha! A loo with a view. Seems like this trip is aquiring a theme. Maybe Ed 'n Hank can sell it to Disney as a new idea for a park. 'No queues for the loos' as its slogan.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-03 02:37 am (UTC)
LOL! Hank almost used that for the title and then decided it would give it away too much and no one would read another post about a another loo. Love the idea for the new Disney theme park. Although I think you should get the profits from coming up with it. Will get the check in the mail.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-03 02:46 am (UTC)
P.S. Hank is hoping that's the last of this particular theme...
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[User Picture]From: sid401k
2007-06-02 07:48 pm (UTC)

Great vacation!

Ed & Hank may not know much about tourism, but they know what they like! I'm surprised that they left Hank-the-dog and Ed-the-dog behind. This sounds like the kind of trip those two would really enjoy, too. Plenty of piss pit stops.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-03 02:41 am (UTC)

Re: Great vacation!

LOL! Nope, Ed and Hank know nothing about tourism but they do stop for whatever they want whenever they want. They didn't want to leave the dogs behind but Ed and Hank thought they'd be better off staying on the ranch with Bill because they still get skittish riding in vehicles. (Probably because they had been dumped by their previous owner.)
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2007-06-02 09:39 pm (UTC)

Great road side rest

I love the road side rest reminds me of when I was about 5 or 6 and my dad took me out to go to the bathroom along side of the road and he saw one of those big mounds of dirt he pulled my pants down sat me on that mound and said to go to the bathroom. Little did we know that mound was full of fire ants and they crawled all over me bit me up and our next stop was the Emergency room. Who would have known what crawls out of those lovely road side rest like this. Hmm so much fun and games going on a road trip I was young but let me tell you I will never ever forget that day. Glad you found and internet cafe with good pancakes I love pancakes on a trip so fulfilling and darn good also. The heart shaped rocks well they are beautiful and I noticed the other rock formations that well always set my heart on fire seeing those I'm so dirty minded my partner said always thinking with the wrong head at times. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-03 02:44 am (UTC)

Re: Great road side rest

OMG! And OUCH too! Hate biting ants. Guess you coulda used either of these pit toilets. Hopefully, Ed and Hank will be able to stay out of any emergency rooms. And one more good thing about pancakes... they're cheap!
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2007-06-02 09:56 pm (UTC)
WOW wonderful! more toilet's huh? sure have one track minds love the visuals
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-03 02:49 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! Hank is hoping that all future toilets are dull and uninspiring. (But clean would be nice. :) )
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[User Picture]From: huladavid
2007-06-03 01:43 pm (UTC)
"Uh... Ed?"

"Yeah, Hank?"

"Ya do realize yer holdin' my hand, dontcha?
Ya ain't never done tha' before."

"Ain't holdin' yer hand."

"Watcha doin' then?"

"Jus' makin' sure ya don' wander off 'n get all lost or somethin'."

Yay for Ed!

Two things: Have you ever read/seen Torch Song Trilogy? 'Cuz Ed in TST makes me think of your Ed, except your Ed's got his shit pulled together. (I've always wanted to play Ed from TST 'cuz I feel there's similarities between the two--and it's a little worrisome about what that says about me...)

I've just realized that Ed & Hank make me think of (I dunno who's gonna be more embarassed about this--me, you, or Ed) Winnie The Pooh & Piglet,especially the bit where Piglet just wants to "make sure" of Pooh.)

Oh, ok... Three things (Geez, I spoil you kids). I once met Harvey Firestein (sp?). It was back at the '89 Quilt display in Washington D.C., and I was walking about the Eclipse before the opening ceremonies started. Harvey was looking for the speaker's platform, and I pointed it out to him. He thanked me, then started walking away--as I did. Then I turned and yelled back to him, "Oh. Liked the play!"

I was so freakin' embarassed.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-06 02:34 am (UTC)
Hey there,

Glad you liked the hand-holding. Hank enjoyed it too.

I'm beginning to feel like even more of a dolt than usual since I have to keep telling you I haven't seen/read things. Will add 'Torch Song Trilogy'to the list. I never even watched/read Winnie the Pooh as a kid. What the hell is wrong with me, anyway? (Thought I'd ask to save you the trouble and really, I have no idea...)

So... as far as I can tell... you have absolutely no reason to be embarrassed because you told Harvey Firestein that you liked his play. Who wouldn't want to hear that?!? Even yelled after them like that. Haven't ever seen any part of the AIDS quilt either... besides in pictures... that must have been very sad and moving and beautiful all at the same time.

P.S. Hank calling Ed "Piglet"? LOL! He'll have to read Winnie the Pooh first so that he completely understands all the ramifications...

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[User Picture]From: huladavid
2007-06-03 01:47 pm (UTC)

I know I'm gonna regret this.

I dares Hank to call Ed "Piglet". I just dares him!
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