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[Jun. 5th, 2007|08:35 pm]
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Road trippin' with Ed and Hank (3)

Greetin's from... somewhere around the sea...

Disclaimer: Hank told their story to Annie Proulx. Jack and Ennis are all hers. Ed and Hank belong only to each other. Rating: G (Unless a '#@$!' here 'n there is a reason for PG) $$: Running on empty. Comments: Always appreciated.

Everything else is here:

Greetin's from... somewhere around the sea...

"Cain't believe we're really at the ocean, Ed."

"Ain't all ta gether sure we are."

"Bet it's righ' out there...

"Wouldn' make any bets if'n I were you..."

"Yeah? I bet tha' sign says
'Take two steps forward 'n you'll get wet pretty damn quick'."

"'M already wet.
Damn weird weather.
Ain't so much rainin' as jus' hangin' in the air..."

"Guess tha's why there's a plant growin' on tha' there sign."

"'N I cain't decide fer the life a me if'n 'm too warm or too cold...
'm wearin' ma self out jus' takin' ma jacket off 'n then puttin' it back on again
'n then takin' it off again 'n then puttin' it back on again 'n then..."

"I get the idea good 'nough, Ed.
'S the humidity."

"Gee... Ya think?"

"Don' hardly have none a tha' back home.
'N you gen'rally start bitchin' 'n moainin' when it hits 30%.
But ya gotta admit... it makes it feel righ' nice ta breathe in."

"Don' gotta admit nothin'.
'N tha' smell..."

"Smell's good."

"Well... sure smells anyways.
Back home it don' gen'rally smell like much neither.
Even dead stuff don' stink fer long.
Here it's kinda like yer smellin' livin' stuff 'n rottin' stuff all mixed up ta gether."


"Wha' ya snortin' at?"

"Nothin' much...
Jus' standin' here with ya on the edge a the ocean...
In the fog... Waves crashin'...
Thinkin' 'bout when Iris said ya were the romantic-type."

"I ain't the romantic-type."

"Guess the ocean jus' don' bring it out 'n ya."

"Ain't seen the ocean yet."

"Well... seein' as we cain't see the ocean...
why don' we go lookin' fer some a them tidepools?"

"Think we need ta get one a them tide tables
'fore we do tha'."

We can get it later.
Let's jus' go take a look...
Tha' rocky spot over there looks promisin'...
Them folks from Eugene said ta look in rocky spots."

"Don' think it's a real good idea, Hank...
Don' 'xactly know wha' we're doin'.
Hell... don' even know wha' were lookin' fer..."

"Figure we'll know it when we see it.
Least-wise some a it."

"Look out, Hank!"

"Shit... Maybe yer righ', Ed...
Let's go find one a them there tide tables.
'n a ranger maybe..."

"'N a towel...
I need a towel."



"There... Tha's better... ain't it?"

"Sure is."

"Cleared up real nice. 'S amazin'."


"Can say tha' again."

"But I won' 'cause I know it'll jus' irritate ya.
Guess I shoulda saved tha' song 'bout seein' ferever on a clear day fer this one."
I didn' have no idea..."

"Ain't never seen nothin' like it."

"Tha's fer damn sure."

"'N I cain't hardly believe we got this here overlook all ta ourselves..."

"Me neither."

"...Uh... I uh... I wanna thank ya, Hank...
Wouldn' never a seen none a this
withou' ya makin' me..."

"Don' gotta thank me, Ed.
'M jus' real glad we're seein' it ta gether."

"Me too. Jeez... Think I gotta sit down..."

"The height botherin' ya, Ed?
Ya wanna go?"

"Nah. Knees are a l'il weak...
But it ain't the height tha's makin' 'em tha' way...
It's jus'... I dunno... it's jus' tha'...
I owe ya a whole lot, Hank."

"Ya don' owe me nothin' tha' I don' owe you.
'N I think tha' makes us even."

"Ya mind if'n we jus' sit here fer a l'il while...
'n look out at tha' big blue ocean?"

"Sounds real good ta me."

"C'mere, Hank."


"Guess the ocean does bring it out 'n ya after all."

"Don' got no idea wha' yer talkin' 'bout."



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[User Picture]From: not_hathor
2007-06-06 04:26 am (UTC)

y'know, I coulda sworn that somewhere someone said the guys were heading East; wishful thinking I guess!


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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-06 04:33 am (UTC)
Hey there!
The plan IS to head East... eventually. (If there's any $$ left to do so.) Ed and Hank are just takin' the long way 'round...
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[User Picture]From: huladavid
2007-06-06 01:33 pm (UTC)
My last boyfriend & I used to take weekend trips that way. (We also reffered to 'em as the "Chinese Buffet Tour".
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yep... Taking the long way 'round is the only way to go. Until you run out of money that is...
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From: cwby30
2007-06-06 04:56 am (UTC)

Road Trippin...


Well, glad to see Ed is traveling further than around the coffee pot looking for the handle. Ed always did want to see the ocean.

Ed does have Hank to thank for a lot. But, the reverse is true, too..where would Hank be without Ed to share his life with? End up a lonely old man living by himself in a ramshackle house on a bleak plain somewhere in Wyoming? This is so much better for both of them, and for us.

Thanks again.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Road Trippin...

Hey there!

Yep, Hank finally got Ed out of state... figured he had to ease him into it. And yep, the both have a lot to thank the other for, but I know they both realize it. Glad you're enjoying the trip.
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[User Picture]From: lalaynia
2007-06-06 11:09 am (UTC)
Hey, 'Blue!

Glad the boys are havin' such a good time.
I'm with Ed- don't much like humidity either. But I love Ed's weak knees; and the reason for them.
They are so sweet! (Don't make that face at me, Ed!)
How'd he find that heart leaf?

Y'all be safe, now, but have fun!

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hey J/L/D!

The boys are having a wonderful time. Alas... Ed's too tired to make faces at you right now. He might later though. Turns out lots of leaves are heart shaped... Hank just never noticed (not too many leaves where they live) and he never saw a leaf that big before. (Although there is nothing for scale in the picture so it's kinda hard to tell.)

And don't worry... Ed does his best to keep Hank away from cliff edges, giant waves, etc...

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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2007-06-06 01:53 pm (UTC)

The vast beauty of the Ocean like their love

I really enjoyed the trip to the ocean and the hazy morning that turned into a beautiful day. I'm glad that Ed went weak in the knees and well this is a great adventure together and that is down right wonderful. I'm so happy that you are enjoying yourselves. Hope they have pancakes nearby. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:26 pm (UTC)

Re: The vast beauty of the Ocean like their love

Hey Joe, Glad you're still enjoying the trip too. No pancakes in quite a while though. :( Ed and Hank are trying to be good and not spend too much on restaurant food. (They're saving it up all in case they make it to Chicago. :D)
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2007-06-09 02:56 am (UTC)

Re: The vast beauty of the Ocean like their love

When I was little to save money and travel. My parents would let us eat out for breakfast but lunch and dinner my mother would go to a local grocery store and buy ham, cheese, and buns or something similiar for our dinners. They said breakfast was affordable and lunch and dinner were expensive and once in a blue moon they would let us eat at those cafeteria type places in the 70's. That way we could take road trips in June or August since my father was a teacher he would have us read about the towns and cities we would visit and then test us on our knowledge and go to the low cost museums and historic sites on our trips. At the time I hated it but these days I'm happy he forced us to learn on our trips. Now most hotels give you a free breakfast but times change. I still when taking a road trip try and learn as much about each town and village and city when traveling and with laptop in hand and wireless I find it a great tool. Oh well just wanted to share. Sorry to interrupt your trip with my trivial ramblings. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-24 06:29 pm (UTC)

Re: The vast beauty of the Ocean like their love

Hi Joe, Sorry to take so long to respond... Haven't had a chance to seek out internet access in a while. Your 'ramblings' are never trivial and always looked forward to! Loved the story of your family vacations. Ed and Hank aren't eating out too often and haven't stayed in a hotel, but they're still having a great time. Although at this point Hank is awfully sick of sandwiches. Ugh...
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[User Picture]From: jennydcf
2007-06-06 03:10 pm (UTC)

Thank God it's the ocean

I was beginning to wonder whether Ed was gonna never have gone further than around the campsite, lookin for the pit toilet.:-) Not that there wasn't plenty to see around that last one...

Hank always was good at prying Ed out of his shell, and I'm not surprised Ed is sometimes overcome by how very lucky he was to find the one who knew that it is just a shell, and that the man inside is well worth finding.

Hank's right, though: "Ya don' owe me nothin' tha' I don' owe you.
'N I think tha' makes us even."
He needs Ed's love just as much as Ed needs his, and Ed's pretty amazin at showin him just how much he is needed, with and without words.

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite

Rome and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2
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[User Picture]From: lalaynia
2007-06-07 04:41 am (UTC)

Re: Thank God it's the ocean

Maybe they'll find a shell or two to keep as souvenirs.
Loved that you made that connection, Jenny.

'Blue, she's real smart, isn't she! :D
::hugs from your twin::
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank God it's the ocean

Yes, Jenny's real smart! Both of you are real smart! :D

After they get home, Ed and Hank will have to read more.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank God it's the ocean

Love the Romeo and Juliet quote. Thanks. And your comment about "how very lucky he [Ed] was to find the one who knew that it is just a shell, and that the man inside is well worth finding." And about how Hank needs Ed's love just as much as Ed need's Hank.

Hank did have to kind of ease Ed out of state. It took a while, (decades,even) but Ed still seems to be enjoying himself.
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[User Picture]From: samtyr
2007-06-06 09:07 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! They got to see the ocean!!! This was fun, I can't wait to read about the rest of their road trip. :)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you're still enjoying the trip! Hank hopes to post more when he can. (He's currently in a public library on a thirty minute limit. :D)
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From: ellenlj
2007-06-07 01:40 am (UTC)


love Ed being overwhelmed with what life with Hank has brought him

nice to think what if - and be happy with what you've got

how'd you get so uplifiting on a slash page?!

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:43 pm (UTC)

Re: terrific

Hey there,
Thanks! Glad you liked it. Hank gets a overwhelmed by Ed being with him sometimes too. For some reason it's just harder for him to show it.

And Hank thought slash was supposed to be uplifting. At least some of it. :D
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2007-06-07 02:42 am (UTC)
Awwww I loved the heart shaped leaf. Beautiful pictures. the fog can be gloomy but once that sun burns it off WOW beautiful pictures.

Thanks Hank and you too Ed :D
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hey there and thanks! Glad you liked it!
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From: rainattimes
2007-06-08 02:20 am (UTC)
wow nice writing. the ocean is amazing and if you have never seen it and to see it as an adult, AWESOME!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-06-08 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Hank is now completely in love with the ocean. Ed is too. It's the complete opposite of where they live.

And there's nothing like those first times, is there?
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