And Then There Was Lights

9/11. A day of darkness, chaos, anger, and death. A day the world stood still in disbelief as acts of horror took the lives of thousands of people. The proud, brave and strong United against the voices of Evil that rejoiced in our pain. And from the ashes of that black, smokey pit of death and sorrow came the sounds of pounding steel raising with determination to let Freedom be our song of redemption and healing. We are the Land of the free and the home of the brave. ” I Will Never Forget.”

In this June 28, 2006 artist’s rendering made by dbox inc. and released by the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the latest design of the 1,776-foot building originally called the “Freedom Tower” is shown. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, confirmed Thursday, March 26, 2009 that the official title for the building is “One World Trade Center” and the building will be marketed under that name.

Home Sweet Home

Dear Readers, after five days of my cross country drive from New York City to California. I spent three days recovery in Southern California, now it’s time for me to return to my home in the Big Apple 🍎.

Five Days

My life friend and road warrior

Dear Readers, 

Remember the saying,” home is where the heart is?” This is what I was thinking during my five day tour across America.  Let me explain. I have two routines I am accustomed to performing in the morning and evening, the way I start and end my day truly makes a difference. I do not like chaos or noise to greet me in the morning.  I like taking my time sipping coffee,  reading a daily meditation and reviewing  my daily To Do List. In the evening I enjoy quiet time. I don’t talk on the phone, I am employed as an ESL teacher engaging in conversation throughout the day. I frown at loud music or playing the Television at a  volume that gives me a headache. I see evenings at home time to unwind and shake off the business of the day. I usually have a light dinner, maybe watch a movie,  look over my weekly calendar, and have a cup of my favorite tea Earl grey.  

During my five day drive across the country all of this changed and I found myself out of balance and becoming irritated by my road partner who interfered with my daily routines.

My journey across the country was an amazing adventure, but I didn’t  foresee  the clash of personalities. My road partner is a talented musician and actor who since the age of 17 have lived the lifestyle of a spoiled rock star. He knows nothing about  morning or evening rituals, he only knows one speed fast, and he likes everything  loud. His theory is if you can’t  feel it, what’s the point? 

On our second morning when I was taking longer than he thought was necessary to get back on the road he would pace the floor of our hotel room and repeatedly ask me if I was ready to go. His plan was to see as much as we could at each destination, and still cover 400 miles per day. At the end of each day he would throw himself in bed and turn on the Television blasting the volume disturbing my tea and quiet time. Once the volume  was so loud the front desk called to say that the other guests were complaining.  

By day four I was so frizzled because I was used to centering myself before each day and evening, and I found I wasn’t  enjoying being in his company, thus making the second half of our tour across America less enjoyable. Our final destination was his home in Southern California. During  the last 400 miles of our journey I began to feel uneasy about the plan to stay in California  for three days before returning to New York City. I  envisioned myself  there in his house, loud Tv and rock music banging in my head and he is a person who does not like to be asked to lower the volume. After crossing 10 states we arrived at his home. I immediately searched for a flight leaving early Friday morning, but no luck. I was trapped there until Saturday. When I told him that I planned to return home early he was shocked and When he asked why, I told him the truth.

He apologized and explained to me that he truly did not understand how important my morning and evening routine are to me. I decided to change my flight plans to stay longer. I do take some of the blame because I should have had a conversation with him before the journey. Although we have been friends for over twenty years, we have never been in such a close situation. I think we both learned something from this experience.

South Dakota

Long live the Purple Prince💜

Dear Readers,

Good afternoon. Day 4 our journey across America continues. We had the honor to visit Paisley Park, The home of the purple 💜 Prince. I was over come with emotions. For many Paisley Park is a tourist attractions, but for the millions of people on this plant who loved and respected Prince, his music, generosity, and his many gifts of humanitarian. We thank you for giving us a look inside of a place where you love, laughed, and created.In the words of his purpleness, ” Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life…and if the elevator tries to take you down press a higher floor”

the purple Prince

We are road warriors

Dear Readers, in case you just joined me and my road warrior, we are on day two of our drive a Cross country from New York City to California. Thus far in total we have covered 1400 miles and 8 states.

We are at the end of Day 2. Starting point Indiana, stopping at Chicago, Wisconsin, ending the day in Cannon Falls Minnesota, a total of 700 miles for today. Stay tune for our first surprise stop over on day 3. Goodnight America 💘

the sites are amazing

thank you for stopping by dragthepen ❤️

154 miles to Chicago

Good morning ☀️ America ❤️ day 2 of our cross country drive from New York City to California. We had an amazing relaxing night in Fort Wayne Indiana. Breakfast at cracker barrel back on the road headed to Chicago. Later….

my life partner and road warrior

Our cross country adventure.

Dear Readers,

The journey just begun

Today is the day. I am checking off my bucket list a life long dream of driving cross country from New York to California.Thus far day one my amazing driver took me through rough rain storms from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio.We stopped in Indiana for a good night’s rest. The plan for day 2, stop in Chicago spend some time before moving on. I am excited and blessed.

before the rain
Thank you for stopping by dragthepen ❤️

Welcome to our Adventure

Dear Readers,

Good morning 🌞 America!!! It’s been years in the making and it’s finally happening. Day 1 of our greatest adventure. We are driving cross country from New York City to California, stopping in ten states. This is a major life changing event. We keep you posted 😜

My life partner and road warrior