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Ed and Hank - Road Trippin' (21 part 2

Part 2 of... On the road again...
(This time not exactly how Ed expected.)

Warning: Not much of anything happens (as usual) Disclaimer: Hank told their story to Annie Proulx. Jack and Ennis are all hers. Ed and Hank belong only to each other. Rating: G $$: Nope. Comments: Always appreciated.

Part 1 of On the road again... is here:

Everything else is here:


Part 2 of... On the road again...
(This time not exactly how Ed expected.)

"Dammit... I knew I shoulda got ya goin' earlier, Hank...
Traffic's real bad already..."

"Cain't believe them dumbasses are passin' on a curve like tha'...
'S jus' stupid... 'n dangerous..."

"Damn right it is."

"Sure wish I coulda got tha' cow ta turn justa l'il bit more..."

"Cain't say as ya didn' try hard 'nough."

"Well, ya could... but it wouldn' be true."

"Hey... Why the hell are ya turnin' south, Hank?"

"Didn' you say where ta go was up ta me?"

"Yeah... but I didn't mean south...
East would be okay... or west some... or north a l'il maybe..."

"Ain't really headin' south anyways..."

"Well this here truck's pointed south 'n the wheels are turnin'...
Where the hell are we goin'...?"

"We're goin' where the sun keeps shining through the pourin' rain....
Goin' where the weather suits our clothes... bankin' off a the northeast winds...
sailin' on a summer breeze..."

"Wha' the hell are ya talkin' about, Hank...?"

"Jus' some song lyrics goin' through my head...
You know tha' song... dontcha...?"


"So's... where the hell are ya goin'...?"

"We're goin' skippin' over the ocean like a stone..."

"The ocean...?
Shit. You gotta be kiddin' me..."

"Nope. Got the idea from tha' dumbass lighthouse in town...
Was writin' 'bout it before ya came in ta tell me we were goin' campin'..."

"How 'bout we jus' go where we went last year 'round this time...?
Thought maybe tha's where ya'd wanna head..."

"Nope. I checked the weather...
It's s'posed ta be snowin' 'n rainin' there...
 'n that'll make them dirt roads undriveable fer a while...
So's we wouldn' be able ta get ta where we'd wanna go."

"But the ocean's way too far away..."

"I thought so too... 'n the way we went last summer it would be...
but I looked at a map 'n figured this way it ain't much more than 'bout 600 miles...
Shouldn' take us no more 'n a daylight's drive...
like ya wanted..."

"Shit... Ya ain't takin' me ta L.A. are ya...?
I ain't goin' to L.A. Or through L.A. Or even anywheres near L.A."

"Ain't takin' ya to or through or anywheres near L.A."

"Yeah. I bet..."

"We're jus' gonna head southwest fer a while...
 then north fer a piece... then west fer a l'il while... then north again...
 then west again 'til we run outta land 'n run smack inta a whole buncha water..."

"Shit. But... ain't it gonna be real busy...?"

"Prob'bly. But it was when we were up in Oregon last summer too
 'n we still found campin' 'n managed ta get away from folks...
a lot a the time anyways..."

"But... ain't it gonna be cold 'n damp 'n rainy this time a year...?"

"Nope. I checked quick righ' 'fore we left...
Further north looks rainy... but where we're goin' is s'posed ta be real nice...
highs in the sixties 'n lows 'n the forties...
'n sunny all week."


"No more 'buts', Ed...
We're goin' ta the damn ocean."


"Ya know damn well you'll be happy as a clam once we get there."

"'N ya know fer sure tha' clams are happy, huh...?"

"'S a well known fact tha' clams are the happiest of all the mollusks."

"Think maybe tha's just one a them old wives tales...
Fer all you know clams migh' not
be happy at all..."

"S' gonna be a long drive..."

"Tha's what I been tryin' ta tell ya, dumbass.
We can still turn 'round..."

"We ain't turnin' 'round."

"S' gonna be a long drive."

hours later...

"Jeez, Hank... Lookit this traffic..."

"It ain't tha' bad, Ed..."

"Knew it was gonna be a lot worse in California than back home...
but I never expected this kinda gridlock..."

"So's how 'bout we switch off drivin' now...?
Ya know I'd be more than willin' ta take over early fer ya..."

"It ain't tha' bad."

Later yet...


"Wha's wrong with ya now, Ed...?"

"Ya ain't makin' me go on some dumbass tour
a some dumbass rich fella's dumbass house... Are  ya, dumbass...?"

"No... I ain't gonna make ya go on some dumbass tour
a some dumbass rich fella's dumbass house, dumbass..."

"I jus' bet..."

"Why the hell would I wanna go look at
some dumbass rich fella's dumbass house...?"

"How the hell should I know...?
You wanna do a whole buncha dumbass stuff I jus' don' get sometimes...
 Like drivin' six hundred miles ta go campin' on the ocean
when we got perfectly good campin' back home."

"Well I sure as hell don' wanna go look at
some dumbass rich fella's dumbass house."

"Better not."

"Well I don't."

"Good. 'Cause I ain't."

I never even thought 'bout it before...
but ya know... now tha' ya've mentioned it...
it migh' be somethin' ta see..."

"Dammit, Hank..."

"Jus' kiddin', dumbass... I need ta see the ocean...
not some dumbass rich fella's
dumbass house..."

A few miles later...

Lookit tha' view, Hank..."

"Yeah... Them cattle are real purty, Ed...
But... why dontcha turn yer head this way instead...?"

"Jeez... I gotta admit...
I never even thought 'bout it before last summer...
but tha' there ocean really is somethin'..."

"Yeah. Sure is... Now...
How 'bout we find some campin'...
then see how these here dogs feel 'bout it...?
They ain't never seen more 'n a big puddle or two..."

"So's far as we know anyways..."



"Uh oh."

"Think tha' bird is laughin' at us."

"He ain't laughin' at us, Ed."

and a little while after that...

"Don' worry, Ed... Tha' fella said that it's jus' some beaches tha' don' allow dogs...
 not all of 'em... 'N this one prob'bly don't allow 'em on accounta
there's a lotta seals 'round these parts..."

"Seals, huh...?"

"Yeah... elephant seals...
He said one a the main beaches they're at is a few miles up the coast...
'S mostly the young'uns 'round this time a year though...
'n maybe justa few adult males..."

"Elephant seals...?"

"Yeah... Fella said they're called tha' 'cause them big ol' males got big ol' noses
tha' kinda look like an elephant's trunk..."

"How 'bout we go take a look..."

"Sounds good ta me."

"Ya sure them are young'uns...?
They look awful big ta me..."

"Yep. Accordin' ta this sign...
them adult males would be even bigger yet
'n have tha' big ol' nose..."

"Ya see any a them...?"

"There's one...
Sure wish he'd sit up or somethin'..."


"'Xactly how long ya gonna wait fer him ta move, Hank...?"

"I dunno...
He flipped a flipper a l'il while ago...
'N he's bound ta really move sooner or later..."

"My watch stopped... Wha' time is it...?"

"Wha's it matter wha' time it is...?"

"Jus' wanna know is all..."

"Hold on... 'S 'bout..."

"Hey... he jus' moved, Hank...
Put his head up 'n waved 'n grinned at me...
Then he went righ' back ta sleep.
Too bad ya missed it..."

"Yeah... sure he did, dumbass..."

"How 'bout we get goin', Hank...?
He looks settled in fer a real long nap there..."

"Okay... But...
if'n we come back in winter...
there'd be a whole lot more of 'em around...
'n some of 'em might even
be awake..."

"We jus' got here
'n already yer talkin' 'bout comin' back...?"



A few days later...

"Jeez, Hank...
These past few days sure have been real nice..."

"Yeah. It's real purty here."

"Sure is."

"'N nice 'n relaxin'..."

"Even if'n we couldn' get down ta some a them beaches...
Like tha' one with the waterfall..."

"Think tha' one with the waterfall was on accounta it woulda been over-run
if'n they let folks down there..."

"Yeah... We sure had a whole lotta foks keepin' us company
while we were starin' down at it..."

Too bad some a them other beaches were posted private 'n fenced off...
That one sure looked real invitin'..."

"Yeah... it sure did..."

"But least-wise there were other beaches we could get ta...
'n them were real purty too..."

"Even though we had ta pay ta walk on some of 'em..."

"Yer such a cheap ol' bastard."

"I ain't old, Hank."

"Yer such a cheap bastard."

"Damn right I am."

"The heights ain't been botherin' ya too bad...
Have they, Ed...?"

"Only when yer drivin', dumbass..."

"I ain't tha' bad."

"Ya ain't tha' good."

"Ain't drove us off a cliff yet."

"Key word there would be 'yet'... But...
Drivin' this road's a lot easier than drivin' some a them mountain roads...
it's paved 'n it's got two whole lanes... 'n the whole idea is
yer s'posed ta stay in the right one..."

"'N it's got guardrails... 'Course...
They're purty much jus' there ta block the view...
A lot of 'em prob'bly wouldn' stop ya from goin' over the edge...
if'n ya happened ta be headed tha' way..."

"Do me a favor 'n don't head tha' way..."

"I'll do my best... Now...
It was the right side ya said I should stay on...?"

"If'n it ain't too much trouble."

"I'll let ya know if'n it gets ta be a burden."

"Thanks. I appreciate it."

"Ya know, Ed...
I sure have been enjoyin' all them rocks 'n waves...
Some of 'em have been real interestin'...
'n inspirin' too..."

"It don' 'xactly take a whole lot ta inspire you that way..."

"You complainin', Ed...?"

"Bout tha'...? Never."

"Didn' think so."

"'N seein' them dogs get acquainted with tha' there ocean...
Hell... I think that alone were worth the trip..."

"Tha' sure was a sight..."

"Think my side still hurts from laughin' so hard..."

"Didn' know Edthedog was such a coward..."

"He ain't no coward, Hank... he's jus' cautious is all.
'N tha's smarter than throwin' his self full-in 'n then panickin'
like Hankthedog did..."

"Hankthedog weren't panickin'... He were just... uh... he were...
Okay... I guess he were panickin'...
but only fer a minute..."

"Yeah... 'cause tha's how long it took ya
ta go in after him 'n pull him out."

"I weren't pullin' him out... We was jus' playin' some..."

"'N tha' look Edthedog gave ya when ya put tha' leash on him...
Tha' were priceless..."

"Kinda reminded me a the look you give me the first time I tied you up, Ed...
'Course you took to it real well after tha' first shock...
Edthedog still ain't real sure 'bout it."

"Ain't 'xactly the same thing, dumbass."

"Tell ya somethin' though...
the smell a them dogs sure ain't nothin' ta laugh at..."

"Yeah it is."

"Think we need ta look fer some doggie cologne fer 'em..."

"Ya know I cain't stand tha' cologne crap."

"Me neither, Ed...
But it couldn' be no worse than how they smell now."

"Yeah it could."

"Least-wise bein' on them beaches
perked Edthedog up a l'il..."

"Yeah... He didn' seem ta be pinin' quite so's bad fer...
wha' was her name again...?"


"All tha' howlin' 'n carryin' on...
Swear he fell heels over head at first sight...
One minute at a stoplight 'n the poor fella's done fer..."

"Kinda like me... ten minutes after meetin' you..."

"Took ya ten whole minutes, huh...?"

"Well... unlike Carmencita...
it took you tha' long ta raise yer head full up
'n look directly at me."

"Guess tha' woulda been right around the time I was done fer too..."

"Coulda fooled me."

"Well... ya migh' not a knowed right off when ya looked at me...
but I was howlin' 'n carryin' on on the inside."

"Hey... Lookit that, Ed... Ain't this where yer boyfriend lives...?
Think he were even the mayor fer a while...
How 'bout we go take a look...?"

"No thanks."

"Jus' be a l'il side trip... 'N maybe we'll spot Clint...
Jeez... them rich folks sure got themselves a real nice sandy beach here...
Bet they hate ta see all the riffraff like us
comin' in ta use it..."

"It's too crowded here, Hank... Let's go..."

"Bet it ain't so's crowded if'n we jus' go a l'il further...
'n get 'way from tha' main street..."

"Don't matter... Let's jus' go..."

"See... Told ya... Ain't near so many folks down here..."

"This just ain't my kinda place..."

"Thought ya liked the beach...?"

"Ain't what I meant, dumbass."

"Hey... look, Ed... There's Clint now..."

"That ain't Clint Eastwood."

"Well... he's gotta be 'round here somewheres...
Maybe that's him in his yard... If'n you wanna go say 'hello'... or somethin'...
You go right ahead... I'll wait right here... Maybe he'll give ya a tour...
of his house... or somethin'..."

"Cut it out, Hank."

"How 'bout tha' fella... Bet that's him..."

"C'mon, Hank...
We're jus' wastin' gas
'n it's gettin' late... we better find campin'...
Cain't imagine there's no kinda campin' 'round here...
Maybe we'd better think 'bout headin' back ta where we was...?
I liked tha' place enough... 'n campin' among them redwoods was real nice...
Couldn' believe we got tha' site neither.... fair amount a elbow room...
even though tha' place were real busy."

"Yeah... we prob'bly got tha' site
 'cause ya couldn' tell how nice it was from the road...
Hell... Ya couldn' even see the truck from where we pitched the tent
on accounta tha' one big ol' redwood..."

"I like them trees a whole lot."

"'N I think lots a folks like them sites that're more out in the sunshine...
even if'n they do end up campin' right on top a each other..."

"Seem ta recall you endin' up on top a me more than once..."

"That a problem for ya, Ed...?"

"Only if'n you were ta end up on top a someone else."

"Yer always my first choice."

"'Preciate it."

"I even wrote down tha' site number...
Just in case we ever find ourselves back there...
we could reserve it ahead a time..."

"Just in case we find ourselves back there...?
Ya mean like we migh' take a wrong turn sometime...
'n next thing ya know... we're back there... jus' by chance 'n all...
but lucky fer us you jus' happen to have made
reservations ahead a time...?"

"Somethin' like tha'...
"Ya know, Ed... I was thinkin'... fer tonight...
maybe we could stay in Monterey..."

"Monterey...? Hell... This is s'posed ta be a campin' trip...
'Sides... no way could we afford Monterey..."

"Think maybe we can...
Prob'bly ain't no way we'd get tha' site back anyways...
'N tha' woman I were talkin' to told me you can camp in a city park
smack dab in the middle a Monterey... on a big ol' hill...
fer $25 a night... only five dollars more
than them state parks charge...
'n with free showers..."

"You sure she weren't pullin' yer leg...?"

"How 'bout we go find out...?"

"How 'bout we don't."

After a few wrong turns...

"Think it's this way..."

"Didn' we already come 'round this way once...?"

"Hell if I know..."

"Would help if'n we had a better map..."

"Sure as hell wouldn' hurt..."

"Think tha' woman was definitely pullin' yer leg..."

"Nah... It's gotta be up here somewheres..."

"Maybe we better start headin' back
ta that other campground..."

"There... It mus' be thata way..."

"Guess she weren't pullin' yer leg after all..."

"Here it is..."

"Shit... This ain't gonna set ya off again... is it...?
We came ta get 'way from all tha'... fer a l'il while anyways..."

"I know... 'n I been doin' my best, Ed...
But there's a helluva lotta folks tha' cain't never get 'way from it...
'N it's awful hard not ta think 'bout all the folks tha' this here park is memorializin'
that it shouldn' have ta be... 'n all them other folks...
tha' won't never be memorialized..."

"Yeah... I know, Hank...
C'mon... How 'bout we find us a site...
'n then go find somewheres ta watch the sun set
'n then maybe after tha' go roam 'round town some...?"

"You... wanna roam 'round a town...?
Withou' me twistin' yer arm...?"

"We ain't eaten out once yet...
So's... How 'bout you find some folks tha' live here
'n ask 'em where there's some good, cheap food to be had."

"Ya wan' me ta find ya some good, cheap food...
in Monterey...?"

"Yep. 'Course... if'n ya don' think ya can..."

"Bet I can."

"Ya wanna bet the usual...?"


"'S a bet then."

"Hey, Ed... D'ya wanna make another bet as to
whether we'll ever find our way back up here in the dark...?"



"C'mere, Ed...
Gettin' the urge ta collect on tha' bet..."

"Sorry, Hank... Know ya won 'n all...
But I think 'm gonna hafta give ya a raincheck... Them tacos were real good...
But they're givin' me some real bad heartburn..."

"You take somethin' fer it...?"

"Yep... belch...
but it ain't workin' yet..."

"You take it easy, Ed...
I'll jus' take the dogs fer a walk 'round the campground
'n leave ya be fer a l'il while."

"Thanks, Hank."

The next morning...

"Mornin', Ed... Damn... tha' was the best shower I've had in a while...
No quarters needed 'n plenty a real hot water...
not jus' barely lukewarm..."

"So's... I guess you musta found yerself a friend last nigh'...
Wha' the hell time didya fin'lly get back, Hank...?"

"Not late... 'Bout twelve I think...
Came back a lot earlier ta invite ya ta join us...
but you were already sacked out 'n I didn' wanna wake ya up...
S'prised you could sleep so sound... bein' right above tha' Presidio...
this sure ain't the quietest campground we ever been ta...
Mus' be a lotta young folks with strong lungs 'n
lotsa energy real nearby..."

"Didn' bother me none.
Sure hope it didn' disturb you 'n yer friend..."

"C'mon, Ed...
Push tha' nose a yers back inta joint 'n go get yerself a shower...
We gotta get goin'..."

"Wha's the hurry, dumbass...?"

"Met this real nice couple last nigh'...
He's in the fire service 'n he's here in Monterey fer trainin'...
They been campin' here a few nights but now they're movin' to a vacation rental...
They're gonna watch Edthedog 'n Hankthedog fer us so's we can go ta Point Lobos...
Remember tha' place we stopped yesterday tha' didn' allow no dogs in...?
Kinda ironic... considerin' its name 'n all..."


"Jim 'n Laura, tha's their names...
Said we shouldn' miss it... So's Laura offered ta look after Edthedog 'n Hankthedog
'cause she's lookin' after their dog anyways, 'Pete' his name is.
'N them dogs all hit it off real good ta gether...
'n their rental's got a fenced yard..."

"Hold up fer a minute, Hank...
We cain't jus' give Edthedog 'n Hankthedog over ta total strangers..."

"They ain't strangers...
I told ya... their names are Jim 'n Laura...
He's from Oregon 'n she's from California but they live near Reno now...
They met when they was both workin' fer the forest service...
They got one boy... from her first marriage...
he's in college now... 'n..."

"Bet you were talkin' politics... weren't ya...?"

"Politics... Shit... if only...
Think we need a whole diff'rent word fer it..."

"Ya were... weren't ya...?"

"Weren't my fault... I didn' bring it up... They did..."

"Still don' like the idea a leavin' them dogs with someone else...
Liable ta make 'em real nervous..."

"They'll be fine, Ed...
Hell... It might even be good fer 'em...
knowin' if'n we leave 'em we'll come back fer 'em...
'N they like Pete a whole lot..."

"I dunno..."

"Least-wise come 'n meet 'em, Ed...
Then if'n yer still not comfortable leavin' 'em we won' do it...
I'll leave it up ta you..."

"Do they...? Didya...? Didya tell 'em 'bout us...?"

"Yep. Told 'em all the gory details...
'N they told me that even though we'd be goin' ta hell 'n all...
they'd still watch them dogs fer us ta day..."

"Cut it out, Hank..."

"'Course I told 'em tha' yer my pardner, dumbass...
'N it turns out their son is gay... 'n he had a real hard time in high school...
but he's doin' a whole lot better now that he's in college...
'n they're real glad ta see him happier..."

"Guess it wouldn' hurt fer me ta meet 'em..."

"Prob'bly not too much anyways..."


"This is real purty, Hank...
I'm sure glad we didn' miss it..."

"Yeah... me too, Ed...
Tha' was righ' nice a Jim 'n Laura ta watch them dogs fer us
so's we could spend the day here..."

"Sure was nice a them... Tell ya...
I ain't never seen nothin' like all tha' orange stuff...
algae or whatever they call it... tha' was growin' on them trees..."


"Me neither... Tha' was somethin'...
'N I cain't believe we had tha' l'il beach
ta ourselves fer so long..."

"Guess it pays ta get up early...
Sure was a whole lotta folks comin' down to it
by the time we was leavin'..."

"If'n tha' tide hadna been so high
I woulda drug ya inta one a them alcoves
'n stolen a kiss or two..."

"'N I prob'bly woulda let ya."

"Jus' don't think my pictures are really gonna do this place justice..."

"Didya ask tha' fella if'n it were okay with him
ta take a picture a his picture...?"

"'Course I did... 'n he were real nice 'bout it...
'n I wouldna done it at all if'n he hadn' a been takin' a break...
Even told him I migh' post it with our story...
He said fine so's long as we didn't
make no money off a it..."

"Ain't no danger a tha' happenin'..."

"Tha's what I told him...
"Ya know, Ed... a lot a this park is under the ocean...
Be a whole lot more we could see if'n we'd learn ta scuba dive..."

"Shit. Yer gonna get us killed sooner or later... aintcha...?"

"I ain't gonna get us killed, Ed."

"Yeah... I'll be like... 'Hey there, God'...
 'n he'll say 'Wha' the hell are you doin' up here so soon, Ed...?'
'n I'll say 'Damned if I know... last thing I remember
is Hank tellin' me that he weren't gonna
get me killed'..."

"'Up here', huh...?
Least-wise I know wha' direction
you think yer goin'..."

"Yeah... sure is gonna be awful quiet
withou' you around."

"Betcha anythin' ya get bored 'n join me in hell
after a week or two..."

"Shit... I'll prob'bly be the first dumbass ever
ta put in fer a transfer..."

Later that night...

"Jim sure is a real good cook..."

"Still thought we shoulda took him 'n Laura out ta dinner...
fer watchin' them dogs 'n all..."

"Ya tried ta talk 'em inta it, Hank..."

"We'll hafta send 'em somethin' ta thank 'em...
'N maybe they'll make it ta our neck a the woods next fall...
like they said they were gonna... 'n we can watch Pete fer a few days
while they go ta them national parks near us...
If'n they ain't drillin fer oil in 'em
by then..."

"Them dogs would all like tha'."

"Now if'n only we could get Carmencita ta visit fer Edthedog's sake..."

"'Fraid Edthedog ain't ever gonna see her again..."

"Least-wise I had 'nough time ta find out her name...
'N it was real nice a tha' fella who was with her
ta let me take tha' picture..."

"Sure is a big ol' name fer a l'il bitty dog..."

"So's... do ya think it's true... wha' they say...
That it's better to have loved 'n lost than never ta have loved at all...?"

"'Course it's true, dumbass.
If'n I'd a never seen you again after tha' first summer... Hell...
I woulda been mis'rable... a lot more mis'rable than if'n I'd a never met ya...
but I wouldn' never have wished tha' summer away...
No how... No way..."

"Me neither, Ed... Not fer nothin'.
Even though... I gotta admit... After tha' summer...
when I thought I'd lost ya... I sure tried my best ta ferget ya..."

"Yeah... I guess I tried real hard ta ferget you too, Hank...
'Course... tha' weren't 'xactly possible once ya started sendin' me
all them dumbass postcards from ev'rywheres ya went..."

"Can see how tha' wouldna helped."

"Not that I woulda been able ta anyways..."

"Me neither, Ed."

"Sure am glad I found ya again though..."

"Yeah... 'Cept I think it were me tha' found you..."

"Sure as hell took yer sweet time 'bout it, dumbass."

"Hey... Yer the one who went 'n got his self hitched, dumbass..."

"Ya know damn well that I had ta...
 Wha' with Nora bein' pregnant... Things were real diff'rent back then...
'Sides... I sure as hell don't regret Iris..."

"I do know damn well tha' ya had ta...
'n I know things were diff'rent back then... I was jus' kiddin' around, Ed...
'n I sure didn' mean ta run yer train off the tracks..."

"'S okay, Hank."

"Ya know I love Iris too, dontcha...?"

"Yeah. I know."

"Still cain't help feelin' bad fer Edthedog..."

"Yeah... he never even got properly introduced ta Carmencita
'fore tha' light changed 'n she was gone..."

"Don't think it really woulda worked out too good anyways...
Technic'lly speakin'... I mean..."

"They'd prob'bly a managed ta work somethin' out..."

"Guess they woulda... Hey, Ed...?"


"I been meanin' ta thank ya..."

"Fer wha'...?"

"I know this weren't 'xactly whatcha had in mind...
fer our campin' trip... Comin' this far 'n all..."

"'S okay, Hank... Much as I hate ta admit it...
I been havin' a real good time..."

"Glad yer havin' a good time."

"In fact... Ya might even say
that I'm as happy as one a them clams."

"'N ya know fer certain tha' clams are happy, huh...?"

"Cain't speak fer all clams a course... Tha' jus' wouldn' be righ'...
But... the particular clam I'm as happy as
is gen'rally purty damn happy..."

"Gen'rally, huh...?"

"Yep. 'Course...
a fella could always be a l'il happier..."

"You got somethin' in mind...?
It kinda sounds like ya got somethin' in mind..."

"'S more like... wha' do you got in mind...
'cause yer the one that won tha' bet yesterday... So's...
whaddya want, Hank...?"

"I jus' want you, Ed... Ev'ry which way I can."

"Tha' migh' take a while..."

"You got some kinda pressin' engagement...?"

"Hold on a sec...
Lemme check m' social calender...
Looks like I got a hot date with Clint Eastwood later...
But I think maybe I got 'nough time ta fit ya in...
if'n ya don't dawdle..."

dawdlin's my fav'rite part..."

"Well... Guess you could do a l'il dawdlin..."

"Thanks, Ed...
I'll try 'n be quick about it."

"C'mere, dumbass..."




[User Picture]From: not_hathor
2008-04-03 04:01 pm (UTC)


Maybe Ed should try snorkling first... but y'know, fellas, it's pretty wonderful once you get yourself stabilized floating along looking at all the neat fish and coral and moray eels.... and when the water's clear and you can see the blue practically forever....


And just remember, Jacques Cousteau was still diving well into his eighties.

Guess you can tell I've been scuba diving.... would love to, again, but people with high blood pressure are advised NOT to...


Thanks for the road trip pictures, guys...love ya!

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-04 10:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Scuba?

Hey Mary,
Sorry to hear you can't go scuba diving anymore - it must have been amazing. Snorkeling sounds wonderful too, (not sure about wanting to have a face to face encounter with a moray eel though). Hank does has to admit that he's just thankful that he can get Ed off the ranch at all, so we'll just have to see about the snorkeling or scuba diving... (Hank will pass on the info about Jacques Cousteau to Ed...) Glad you liked it!
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[User Picture]From: argentine65
2008-04-03 04:42 pm (UTC)

Ed and Hank

blue: By this time I guess you know how much I love your boys but I have a tender heart for Ed, he plays the tough person and Hank can do anything of him: "Ya ain't makin' me go on some dumbass tour a some dumbass rich fella's dumbass house... Are ya, dumbass...?"
"So's... I guess you musta found yerself a friend last nigh'..."
"Yeah... I'll be like... 'Hey there, God'... 'n he'll say 'Wha' the hell are you doin' up here so soon, Ed...?'
'n I'll say 'Damned if I know... last thing I remember
is Hank tellin' me that he weren't gonna get me killed'..."
"'S okay, Hank... Much as I hate ta admit it...
I been havin' a real good time...". Sorry this comment is so long but it is fault of the boys. Thank you again. Martha
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-04 10:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Ed and Hank

Thanks Martha,
Hank has a tender heart for Ed too and has to admit that he generally enjoys it when Ed plays the tough guy. (Probably 'cause he usually gets his way anyways...)
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[User Picture]From: samtyr
2008-04-03 05:22 pm (UTC)
I wonder how long before someone talks someone else into taking scuba lessons... ;) This was wonderful, I've really enjoyed it. (And I just love how Hank always manages to find out everyone's life history as soon as he meets them. :)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-04 10:43 pm (UTC)
Hey there,
Glad you enjoyed it, but I wouldn't hold your breath as to when someone might talk someone else into taking scuba lessons... :D I would say it's highly unlikely. Hey... Maybe Hank can talk Iris into it?
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2008-04-03 06:58 pm (UTC)
LOL this was so funny. I love the photos. Wish I was there I love the ocean.

It's nice they found a couple to watch their dogs.

And do you think that Hank wants to share Ed with Clint ;)

wonderful story
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-04 10:48 pm (UTC)
Hey there,
Glad it made you laugh! Hank loves the ocean too and once Ed told him they were going camping he knew that's where he had to go and figured the best thing to do was just point the truck in that direction and not give Ed a choice in the matter. And Hank definitely doesn't want to share Ed with Clint. (Hank somehow convinced Ed not to keep his late date... Although I'm not exactly sure how... ;D)
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[User Picture]From: trekfan
2008-04-05 03:04 am (UTC)
Well sometimes hank has to push Ed but in the end it's all GOOD. I can't wait to see what other adventures they are going on

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From: katecaton
2008-04-03 07:09 pm (UTC)
That Hank is the sweetest, and he knows just how to wrap Ed round his little finger. Beautiful photos, reminds me of my hols in Cornwall last summer.
Kate x
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-04 10:56 pm (UTC)
Ed's irritated 'cause Hank looked up pictures of Cornwall on the internet and now he wants to go there too. (I'm not sure if Hank has Ed wrapped around his little finger well enough to convince him to travel that far afield... but he'll definitely work on it...)
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From: katecaton
2008-04-05 12:14 pm (UTC)


It is lovely, great food and lovely beaches. There are also a lot of artists who have lived or still live in Cornwall - we visited Barbara Hepworth's studio - very interesting.
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[User Picture]From: jennasts
2008-04-03 07:55 pm (UTC)
Ed and Hank are an oasis of calm and happiness for me in the middle of a really stressful day. You don't know how much I appreciated seeing this post! A whole lot! And beautifully done as always, with just the right photos to enhance, and a kicker at the end that made me laugh. Thanks, guys! Oh, and you, too, Blue.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-04 11:00 pm (UTC)
That is so sweet of you to say. So sorry to hear you were having a stressful day, but I'm really glad Ed and Hank could make you laugh a little in the middle of it all. I sure hope today is going (went?) better and that you have a stress-free and relaxing weekend. (Or a wild and fun weekend, if you'd prefer... :D )
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[User Picture]From: torry28
2008-04-04 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hi Blue, Ed and Hank finally came into some territory I recognize having visited my self on occasion. I love the idea of scuba diving but I get seasick just looking at the ocean.
Today is another sad day and the visit from sweet Ed and Hank is a special Birthday gift I think even Heath would get a kick out of.
Thank you for spreading cheer when its needed.
I so love Ed and Hank and you for taking an idea and molding it and shaping it until it became a work of art.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-04 11:44 pm (UTC)
I hate to admit that I didn't realize that today was Heath's birthday. (I've always had a hard time remembering dates.) It's just so terribly sad. And it's so sweet of you to say that you think Heath would get a kick out of the visit from Ed and Hank. Thank you.


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From: mazaher
2008-04-05 05:32 pm (UTC)
LOL! I guess at the drop of a hat we may have Ed taking God up about a few things...
When they held the funeral service for C.G.Jung, a big storm broke out with lightning and thunder. The preacher commented, "That's him discussing things with God" =)
Hmmm... Now that I come to think of it, lightning comes *before* thunder, so maybe the old man was elevating a complaint to the Old Man after having been zapped...? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-07 09:56 pm (UTC)
Love the funeral service lightning and thunder story. And I like your theory about it too :D

Glad it made you laugh. Although Ed doesn't (generally) talk too much, once he gets going Hank definitely thinks he could give God a run for his money.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-05-28 11:46 pm (UTC)
Hey there,
Just wanted to let you know I re-sent an email to you that I had sent yesterday. It was returned as "undeliverable" today, so I just tried sending it again. Hope it reaches you.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-05-30 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hey again,

I just thought I'd try once more before we're going to be away from internet access again for a while. I've been thinking about you and I really hope you're okay.


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[User Picture]From: lalaynia
2008-04-08 03:15 am (UTC)

I caught the "Midnight Cowboy"/ Harry Nilsson "Everybody's Talking at Me" reference- how appropriate! (Although I must confess it took me three tries to actually make it through the movie at the drive-in when it played along with Alice's Restaurant- I don't really wanna say WHAT kept me from watchin' the movie, but I saw Alice's Restaurant three times. ;D)

Ed, you stinker, teasing Hank about that elephant seal moving!

I need pics 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and both of the artist's- I won't repost, just think they're nice.

When I lived in FL we would take our dogs to the beach to get rid of fleas. We'd take them out about waist deep and turn them towards shore. They loved it. Hope Edthedog and Hankthedog didn't have that problem.

But poor Carmencita and Clint- missing out on the best there is.

Awesome, 'Blue.

Next time tell the boys I'm comin' along.

Love you, dumbass.

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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-08 03:41 am (UTC)
Hey Laly,

I think Hank and I (and even Ed) can probably imagine just what it was that kept you from seeing that movie.

Okay, I have to admit to being confused about the pictures, the way I count I would end up sending you the seal pictures, which I am more than willing to do, but I'm having a hard time figuring that you'd really want those particular ones. Tell me which of those numbers applies to the picture of the cliffs with the branches ('cause I know you want that one) and I can figure out the rest from there. (Or just give me a brief description of each, whichever you think I need. :D

I don't mind if you repost any of the pictures, and like Hank said, the artist (Brian or Bryan?) didn't mind his picture being posted on the internet as long as no money was made off of it.

And next time you're very welcome to come along... The more the merrier!
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[User Picture]From: tatia85
2008-04-08 09:29 pm (UTC)
Hi! Sorry, I am late!^-^ Awww... those two, my favourite couple! They are the cutest thing, really!
I do love scuba-diving! and, I bet Ed would enjoy it, too. Only problem is: you can't talk while you are doing it... so, how would they be able to actually stay *silent* for a whole hour-half a hour? I see it as a very hard thing! =P

Thank you for this! it is always an enlightment of my day when I see a new "Ed&Hank". Really.
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-09 10:35 pm (UTC)
No need to apologize, Hank and I are late all the time, although Ed's pretty punctual. How great that you've been scuba diving - I bet it's great. Ed and Hank actually can go for a while without talking, but Hank generally doesn't write those parts down... ;D

Glad you liked it!
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[User Picture]From: joetheone
2008-04-17 03:01 am (UTC)

I'm slow

Ok I'm slow not sure how I missed this post but glad I went back looking for updates. Hmm you were so close to San Fran that I hope you found a See's candy store the best chocolate ever in my book well one of them anyhow and the best peanut brittle, hmm I always wanted to see Hearst Mansion but I understand nature's beauty was well more overwhelming and well who could beat what this great planet gives us in beauty. I'm glad that Edthedog has a love for other dogs and yes meeting new people is always a good thing. Joe
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[User Picture]From: myeyesaintblue
2008-04-21 12:28 am (UTC)

Re: I'm slow

Gotta admit, Hank's slow too... And they did get real close to San Francisco and maybe someday Hank will even get Ed there... Damn... Unfortunately, they didn't come across a See's candy store, but Hank is determined to order some online soon, he just keeps forgetting. Peanut brittle sounds real good too. Hank wouldn't mind seeing Hearst's castle, but he figured he was doing good just to get Ed over to the coast, and yeah, it sure was beautiful.
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