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[Jul. 3rd, 2007|03:21 pm]
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Road trippin' with Ed and Hank (6)

See me... feel me... touch me... heal me...

Hank told their story to Annie Proulx. Jack and Ennis are all hers. Ed and Hank belong only to each other. Rating: PG-I $$: The best things in life are free. Comments: Always appreciated.

Everything else is here:

See me... feel me... touch me... heal me...

"Touch it, Ed."

"You touch it."

"I did touch it. Now it's yer turn ta touch it."

"Don' feel like touchin' it righ' now."

"C'mon... touch it..."

"Migh' hurt it..."

"Just gentle-like is okay. Don' be rough or nothin'."

"Okay... okay...
'S kinda weird... 's real hard 'n kinda smooth..
but 's got justa l'il give ta it..."

"Hey... See tha'? Stick yer finger in there... It'll grab onta it."

"Ya wan' me ta put my finger in there?"

"Won' hurt ya..."

"Then why don' you put yer finger in there first?

"Yer closer."

"Yeah. Yer jus' as chicken as me, ain't ya?"

"Nah... I'll do it..."


"I'm gonna... I'm gonna... Jus' give me a minute..."

"'M waitin'..."

"Hey... It did grab my finger.
Didn' hurt none. You try it now."

"Feels kinda funny. But yer righ'... don' hurt none...
Wha' the hell is is anyways?"

"'S a sea urchin."

"'N wha' was tha' first one?"

 "Tha' was one a them big chitons."


 "Sure was big. 'N real hard.
Harder than them sea stars
'n not near as rough."

"Cain't hardly believe these things are critters."

"Me neither."

"Careful, Ed... Sure is slippery out here."

"Think I don' know tha'?
Felt real bad fer tha' woman... fallin' in like tha'."

"Was righ' nice a you ta pull her out so quick-like.
'N don' think I didn' notice tha' she didn' wanna let go a yer hand righ' off."

"Guess we mighta had a moment at tha'."

"Hey... ain't tha' purty?
Think they call tha' a sea cucumber."

"Yeah? Don't look like no cucumber I ever seen."

"Maybe they got special kinda cucumbers here tha' we don' know nothin' 'bout."


"Wha's wrong, Ed?"

"'Fore I could touch it, it went inta tha' there hole..."

"So ya like touchin' stuff now?"


"How 'bout touchin' tha' then?"

"Sure it won' hurt me?"

"Them anemones sting other critters, but it won'' hurt us if'n we touch it.
Jus' don' stick yer finger inta tha' hole in the center...
Tha's its mouth... 'n its asshole too."

"Yer kiddin'?"



"Well, wha'?"

"Ain't ya gonna make no joke 'bout tha'?"


"Ya feelin' okay?"

"Yep. Go ahead 'n touch it, Ed."

"Okay... Feels soft, but real sticky..."

"Sure does."

"Lookit this thing here, Hank..."

"Tha's somethin' alrigh'..."

"This one's real soft.
Not hard at all like tha' other one were."

"Tell ya, Hank...
Ain't never 'xpected ta see nothin' like this stuff in ma life."

"Me neither, Ed.
'N there's a whole lot more interestin' stuff if'n ya go ta one a them tropical places.
Seen some amazin' pictures. Maybe we could go snorkelin' or somethin'..."



"Ain't never 'nough fer ya, is it?
Ya seem ta be fergettin' tha' we can barely afford this here trip.
'N ya know damn well ain't no way 'm cut out ta be no kinda world traveler."

"Okay... okay...
Guess I'll jus' hafta ta see if'n I can cash in them tickets ta Bora Bora I bought."

"Swear... you could go ta heaven itself
'n be thinkin' tha' there mus' be somethin' more interestin' in hell."

"Bet hell is more interestin' than heaven.
Bet Bora Bora's purty interestin' too."


"C'mon, Ed... I promise I won' drag ya off ta Bora Bora."



"I know ya wanna travel.
'N not jus' 'round this here country.
'N I know damn well if'n it weren't fer me
ya'd sell the ranch 'n have plenty a money ta do it."

"Ain't true Ed."

"Tha's wha' ya wrote a while back."

"Is not. Iris is the one tha' brought up sellin' the ranch. Not me.
'N ya seem ta have skipped righ' over the part where I said
tha' I don' wanna sell the ranch neither."

"Yeah but only on account a me."

"I love tha' ranch jus' as much as you do... 'S our home."

"Yeah... But If'n I dropped dead tomorrow ya'd sell tha' ranch in a heartbeat
'n travel all ya wanted."

"Not righ' off. I'd maybe wait a week or two.
Ya know... fer appearances sake."

"Real decent a ya."

"C'mon, Ed... Ya know damn well if'n I had ta choose 'tween seein' this stuff withou' ya
or stayin' home with ya I'd choose stayin' home with ya."

"Don' know tha'."

"Well ya do now 'cause 'm tellin' ya, dumbass.
All this here wouldn' be near as much fun if'n ya weren't here with me."

'M tryin', Hank. I really am.
'N 'm enjoyin' seein' all this stuff. 
Know damn well 'm real lucky ta be able ta.
'N know damn well I never woulda if'n it weren't fer you.
But there's a lot more folks 'round than 'm used to. A whole helluva lot more.
'N tha' campground... Shit."

Know it ain't the kinda campin' we're used ta, Ed.
But most places we been stayin' this trip are like tha'.
This one's just a lot bigger."

"Them other ones weren't full-up
so's we could find somewheres kinda by ourselves."

"Prob'bly wouldn' be so bad if'n it weren't summertime 'n all."

"Hell... Migh' as well be camped in a Wal-Mart parkin' lot.
In fact... they shouldn' oughta be allowed ta use the word campin'...
Need an entirely new word ta describe whatever tha' is."

"I know it ain't easy fer ya, Ed.
'M real grateful tha' ya been willin' ta put up with it.
'N I know it don' seem like it... but we're real lucky tha' we got a spot here at all...
wha' with not havin' made no reservations ahead a time."

"Just ain't never seen nothin' like it."

"Yeah... I ain't never seen nothin' like it neither.
'N it seems like the more crowded a place is the less outgoin' folks seem ta be.
Hell... I ain't hardly had a chance ta talk ta no one."

"'N by hardly no one ya mean tha' fella tha' used ta live in the next town over from us
'n tha' woman who's losin' her mind RVin' full-time with her husband
'n them young folks come over from Eugene ta surf
 'n tha' couple from Michigan
'n them folks..."

"Okay, okay... Guess I still been talkin' ta a fair number a folks.
Hey... How 'bout we move up the coast some ta day?
Maybe it'll be a l'il less crowded."

"Cain't be no worse than this place..."

"Ain't been tha' bad, has it Ed?"

"Nah... Ain't been tha' bad. Most parts been real good. 'N I gotta admit...
Ya been doin' a real fine job a gettin' us away from them crowds durin' the day."

"Ya wanna look fer some more critters?
We can jus' pick a pool 'n stay by it fer a while...
See wha' migh' pop up."

"Sounds good ta me."



"Hey... lookit tha', Ed. "

"I sure as hell ain't gonna touch tha'...
Know I'd end up hurtin' it somehow fer sure."

Cain't hardly believe tha's a critter neither.
Looks more like a feather jus' floatin' in the water."

"Think the tide's startin' ta come in, Hank."

Yeah... Guess we'd better get goin'..."

"We sure seen a whole lot ta day. Lot more 'n I 'xpected."

"Touched a whole lot too."

"Yeah... I kinda liked tha'."

"Ya did, huh? Well, I got something else tha' ya could touch if'n ya feel like it, Ed.
'S kinda like all tha' other stuff... Hard 'n slippery 'n then soft 'n sticky after a while...
'N I promise ta let ya touch it before it disappears inta..."

"I get the idea alrigh'..."

"So... Ya int'rested?"

"Tha' depends... can I stick my finger anywheres I wanna...?"

"Whoa...! Dammit! Ow... Shit."

"Y' okay, Hank?"

"Think so... Ya kinda startled me there... Never 'xpect tha' kinda stuff from ya...
'Specially with other folks nearby... Jus' didn' look where I stepped."

"Ain't like no one could hear...
Uh... ya migh' wanna take yer foot outta tha' there pool.
Current residents migh' not 'preciate it."

"Shit. Don' think I hurt 'em none, do ya?"

"Nah... Think everyone looks okay.
Least-wise ya didn' land full-in like tha' woman did."

"If'n it ain't too much trouble 'n all...
would ya mind pullin' me up like ya did her?"

"Damn... Looks like ya hurt yer hand.
Stay put fer a minute while I take care a it."

"Rather get up if'n it's all the same ta you... wet's kinda seepin' through my jeans...
'N who knows wha' poor critters I migh' be crushin'..."

"Is yer other hand okay? Gimme tha' one."

"Ooomph... Thanks."

"Glad we brought some a them bigger bandages this time..."

"Jus' thought it'd be me usin' 'em on you... like usual..."

"Guess not this time.
C'mon, Hank... Hold still.
Ya know I gotta clean it out good first."

"Hurts like a sonofabitch."

"Jeez... Tha's nasty lookin'... them barnacles are righ' sharp..."

"'Fraid they got the worst a it, though...
Swear I heard 'em let out a yell righ' long with me."

"They don' look no worse fer wear."

"By the way...
answer ta yer question is...
you can stick yer finger anywheres ya wanna."

"I dunno, Hank. Broad daylight 'n all...
too many follks 'round in tha' big ol' parkin' lot we're camped in."

"Aw... c'mon Ed... So many folks 'round ain't no one gonna pay us no mind.
'N it ain't like we're gonna be doin' it on the picnic table...
Liable ta get splinters."

"Lookin' at all this weird stuff really got ya goin', huh?
Guess ya got some kinda kinky side I didn' know nothin' 'bout."

"Ain't so much the stuff as watchin' ya... Watchin' ya touch it...
Watchin' them hands a yers..."

"Jeez, Hank..."


"Maybe... uh... it ain't early no more...
maybe most folks are gone fer the day by now...
Out on the beach or somethin'..."

Ya wanna go check?"

"Yeah. Let's go check."


Later that day, further up the coast...

"Oh yeah... This is a lot better than tha' other one..."

"Okay... the campin' still sucks...
But this makes it all worthwhile, don' it, Ed?"

"Yeah, I guess it does at that."

"Shit... Tide's s'posed ta be headin' out... not in."


"Too bad... Bet ya won' never be able ta find a spot ta make a 'nother one."

"Don' be such a smartass, dumbass.
...Hey... ya cold, Ed? Looks like yer shiverin' there."

"'M okay. Breeze is justa l'il chilly."

"Ain't no one near us...

"Cut it out, Hank..."



"No. I wanted ta wrap m' arms 'round ya at tha' holiday parade last Christmas
in order ta warm ya up 'n I didn'... But 'm gonna now...
 'N ain't no one gonna stop me...
Not even you."





"Could if'n I wanted to."

"Yeah... I guess ya could at tha'."

"Damn righ' I could."




"If'n ya wanted to."

"Yeah... If'n I wanted to."





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From: cwby30
2007-07-05 09:48 pm (UTC)

Road Trippin' 6


Well, it's like we're along for the ride with them. Like the pix; they're really good photographers. Too bad they didn't have someone snap their picture on the beach, holding each other as the tide comes in. Maybe next time.

Have been camping without reservations before, and it is a real trip [!] trying to find a place sometimes, especially on the weekend. Glad they're having good luck.

Thanks again for sharing their trip with us.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-10 03:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Road Trippin' 6

Hey there,
Glad you liked it! And Hank wishes he had a picture of them on the beach like that too, but I doubt Ed would have let Hank hold him if there had been anyone too close by.

And yeah, the weekends have been the worst for finding camping, but so far they're luck is holding... Hank is incapable of planning more than a few hours in advance (if that. :) )
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[User Picture]From: lalaynia
2007-07-05 10:09 pm (UTC)
Hiya, Dumbass!


Seems to me like Ed has a new habit- tryin' to out-complain Hank!

But it's good for them to get away. Hank musta been on that Internet to know all the names of them critters. Maybe he should put one of them sea cucumbers on Ed's salad.

Hope the trip remains fun! Good hearin' from y'all- Hugs to everybody, okay?

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-10 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hi backatcha Dumbass!

Yeah... Ed was complainin' quite a bit, wasn't he? Hank's no slouch in that department either. :)

And Hank would like to pretend he's real smart and just knew all them critters' names, but he read a few signs and asked a few folks...

Still having fun...

:Hugs backatcha too from all:

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From: neatfreak1
2007-07-05 10:10 pm (UTC)
...From you, I get the story...

And I love it! Keep those travelogues coming. Thank you for the grins!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-10 03:06 pm (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying the trip!
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[User Picture]From: graciesdaddy
2007-07-05 11:31 pm (UTC)

You are CHAMPION of the Double Entendre!

And yes, Hank does seem to be complaining more.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-10 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: You are CHAMPION of the Double Entendre!

Glad you're enjoying it!

I gotta admit... Both Ed and Hank are purty damn good at complainin' when they get a goin'...

Maybe it's the humidity.

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[User Picture]From: samtyr
2007-07-05 11:37 pm (UTC)
I just love this road trip they're on and I *adore* all of the pics too. :D And yeah, touching the right sea creatures is way cool!

Thank you for the update.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-10 03:12 pm (UTC)
Happy to hear you're enjoying the trip! Ed and Hank loved seeing (and touching) all them critters!
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2007-07-05 11:47 pm (UTC)
oh this one was so nice. I want to be on vacation with them. I love how romantic they can be with each other. Tell Ed and Hank I said hi!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-10 03:15 pm (UTC)
Hey there,
So glad you liked it! I'll definitely tell them you said 'Hi'.
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From: ifyoucantfixit1
2007-07-05 11:59 pm (UTC)

I am so enjoying this story. I have a smile on my face the whole time I am reading. They are so cute...Teasing and playing and teasing some more...Just adorable. Im glad you are continuing to update this story.
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From: ellenlj
2007-07-06 03:26 am (UTC)

thank you

looked like selling the ranch might tip into a fight... but the joy of nature interceded!


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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-10 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (Although I just can't tell Ed he's cute and adorable or he'll just start complainin' again... :) )
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From: rainattimes
2007-07-06 04:10 am (UTC)
girl you are so hilarious! The Who, and yes car camping can be that bad, especially in the summer on the Washington or Oregon coast (although I'd imagine California would be no different)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-10 03:28 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it! Ed and Hank did discover that California is different. It's even worse. :) If you don't have a reservation you can't get more than one night at a time 'cause they don't know what's reserved until that day so you have to move around all the time. They're pretty minimalist campers though, and since Hank's better at moving than planning, it's worked out okay.

And they never didn't get a site no matter where they've been.

(So far...)
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[User Picture]From: joycedavenport
2007-07-06 12:55 pm (UTC)
Know something? You're the nicest naughty writer in the fandom.

Looks like the boys saw lots of really interesting things. Hope that woman who fell into the pool didn't get hurt none?

Love Joyce X0X0X0X0X0
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-10 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You are so sweet. I think the woman who fell into that pool was fine. Hank just felt a little guilty 'cause he was talking to her at the time and maybe it was him that distracted her and made her lose her footing. I'm sure she dried out. Eventually...

XOXOXOXOXO right backatcha
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From: mazaher
2007-07-06 07:45 pm (UTC)


"Watchin' them hands a yers..."
Hands are as good as faces, aren't they? And I guess Hank had a lot of practice watching Ed's hands in those times when he may have shied away from a more direct look =)
This line is so deep and serious. We have a lot of fun along with them, and enjoy it, and all the more because this is not just for fun, this is for good...
(I was almost putting in a turn of phrase from my place, "da bon", roughly translating as "for good" but with maybe a touch more of an ethical nuance)
Thank you and happy-rest-of-the-summer to you
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-11 08:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Watching

Yep. Hank definitely had a lot of practice watching Ed's hands over the years. And Ed's hands still always get to Hank. And I do think you're right -- hands are as good as faces. So nice of you to think of that phrase "da bon" in regards to Ed and Hank too. Thanks and happy-rest-of-the-summer to you too!
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-11 08:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Watching

P.S. Love you're userpic too!
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From: mazaher
2007-07-12 07:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Watching

It seems you got me good with that line about watching hands.
Last night I had a dream not of Ed’s hands, but Hank’s: large, agile, gentle, expressive, as he was talking to me across a table.
Given I tend to identify with Ed -as you probably guessed ;-)- I think the dream was suggesting that he did (and does) his own share of watching Hank’s hands...
Thank you again
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-20 02:23 am (UTC)

Re: Watching

Yeah, I think you're right about Ed doing his share of watching Hank's hands too. For a lot of years I think they both did a whole lot of watching and not nearly as much talking as they're doing this past year.

And, your dream was right too... Hank does talk with his hands all the time. (And he'd never admit it, but they are also large, agile and gentle too.)

Thank you for sharing your dream.
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[User Picture]From: jennydcf
2007-07-07 02:16 am (UTC)

So glad they're having fun

I'm with Hank--never enough time with these guys, never enough. Such lovely pictures of the tide pools, too. I was particularly fond of the anemone whose anatomical peculiarity even Hank can't find a way to surpass.:-) Good to know he's broadening his horizons beyond interesting rocks, suggestive post cards, and road signs.

Ed is gettin mighty brave, there, touchin stuff. Even lets Hank hold 'im out in the open. An somehow, I think he's havin a pretty good time, even if there are a lotta other folks around (an Hank wants ta talk ta every one of em).:-)

I did like this: "Yeah... But If'n I dropped dead tomorrow ya'd sell tha' ranch in a heartbeat 'n travel all ya wanted."

"Not righ' off. I'd maybe wait a week or two.
Ya know... fer appearances sake."

What I really want to know is, which is more interesting, Hell or Bora Bora? For Ed, it's probably hard to choose between the two, though I'm thinking Hell is probably more crowded. Don't expect he'll ever see either one, though.

Hope they keep on updating us--it makes my day when we hear from them.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-11 09:01 pm (UTC)

Re: So glad they're having fun

Hey there!
So glad you enjoyed it (and the anemone's anatomical peculiarity : ) )

And yep, I'd be willing to bet that Ed's actually having a pretty good time too. And he was brave lettin' Hank hold him like that, but probably only because there wasn't anyone nearby (and it was almost dark too).

LOL! I think Hell is probably more crowded than Bora Bora too. And I do agree that Ed will likely never see either one.
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2007-07-08 04:00 am (UTC)

From dirty looking boulders to soft yet hard things to touch

Hmm you two have a dirty mind like me. My partner always tells me that everywhere I go I think these thoughts at sights we see and places we go. I love how it started out and then the great pictures of the tidal pools and the campgrounds. Great work as always and hope you find a little better campground on your great adventure. joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2007-07-11 09:05 pm (UTC)

Re: From dirty looking boulders to soft yet hard things to touch

Hey Joe,
Glad you liked it! Yep... Hank definitely has a one-track mind. And they're definitely still searching for that better campground and they won't give up 'til they find it...
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