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Short

Batman says:

There’s a saying in the military about the time a person has left before they end a deployment or a career, it’s they are “short timers” or “short”. Well, in my profession as a Police Officer I am so “short” I could walk under a snakes belly and not touch it, I have 7 days left before I go on vacation that will terminate on Jan 3 the last day I will be a Police Officer, as I retire then.

It has been a long but rewarding career that I’ve lived through, I have seen too many horrible things, not enough good things, have missed too many holidays and family gatherings, all to serve a public that really does not like the Police until they need them. Funny thing is, I’d do it all over again if asked. I enjoyed helping who I could, putting away those that needed it, and meeting thousands of ordinary people. Those are the ones that know 99.999999% of all Police Officers are decent, hard working people that just want to do the right thing. These are the people we do the job for. Don’t get me wrong, we do our best to treat everyone the same.

Anywho, getting this close makes one think of “what next” besides the obvious things everyone does, for me it will be about gardens and flowers and making the yard pretty for “Peach” and myself. We have always wanted to do certain things in the yard and this will be the time we get it done, nothing fancy but we think it will end up looking nice, attract butterflies and colorful songbirds and that’s cool. Making a vegetable garden again needs no explanation, it will provide food and also keep me busy and moving. I have always liked gardening so it will be fun to once again be able to do the gardening I enjoy.

There are a few things that we are gonna change indoors but not a lot, it will be fun to experiment and change decor. Then of course there’s writing and posting, going and taking photographs to post and try and sell, trips to see things and go on hikes and bike rides… I’m more exhausted thinking about all this than if I kept working 🤣🤣🤣. Just kidding I am looking forward to doing all these things and more with Peach, as we wander and see what comes next. Y’all keep an eye out there should be more blogs appearing after the first of the year when I have “pulled the pin” so to speak and finally retired. You will have to look harder to find me as I’m so “short” now, but I’m still here with my silly stories and antics, so stay tuned .

“It’s gonna be a regular flower garden out here Peach”

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Down the Road

Batman says:

Road trips are a fun way to spend an afternoon or weekend. Cruising forgotten highways and byways of the states always takes Peach and I to interesting places. Normally we don’t have a plan, pick a direction and off we go, to me that’s easier as there’s no firm destination so there’s no worry about getting anyplace in a hurry, which is the way we like it. We are apt to pull over and take pictures of airplanes or signs on the side of the road at any given moment.

We generally take these trips as photo opportunities and snap pics at things we think is cool or interesting, be it places or objects. Kinda like a mobile photo shoot so to speak, so I will keep attaching photos from several of our trips, maybe someone will recognize a place or see something they may want to visit.

Going for a ride does so many good things for Peach and myself, without a destination we are free to stop and explore, basically anything we want, and we like to explore together, so there’s that. There’s also the fact that we both really like taking pictures of just about anything and everything and what better way to see various things than to go on a road trip.

Then of course there’s eating, and if you know me you know I don’t like skipping meals (no fat jokes, I’m a sensitive guy) and again there are soooooooooooo many small shops and eateries to stop and sample food. Local favorites where ever you are, usually do not look like much in small out of the way towns and places, but boy howdy the food is outstanding most times and the staff in these small places are usually friendly and polite and try and ensure you have a pleasant meal while you are there.

Some of the views we get are crazy outstanding and some of the places are rich and full of history, take a walk thru Savanna’s squares and read the plaques denoting a time gone by (a time which a lot of my friends say I’m a throw back from) where a person had to work to make a living, and people genuinely cared about their cities and towns and their neighbors. We see a lot of these type places driving down forgotten county roads, the roads the truckers used to rely on for their routes. My dad when he was young was an over the road trucker and used to in his latter years comment on how he wished he had the time to drive some of the roads he used to just to see the routes again, to my sadness, as bad as I wanted to surprise him and go on a road trip with him over those old routes, he went to be with our maker before I could make that happen, sometimes I feel as if he is pointing me in directions to go (crazy? Maybe but I believe).

To me, and I believe to Peach also, the fun is in the adventure of what we find along the way, and we continue to find things that surprise, enlighten, and give pause, all have been happy interesting things, some things have been long in finding, some just around the corner, but in all, we know in our hearts that, “You will not find happiness at the end of your journey, if you do not bring it with you” (read that scribbled on a bathroom wall on one of our road trips 🤣 an have found it to be so true).

If you’re out and about and see an old country boy and a beautiful Peach stopped on the side of the road taking pictures, or in a small town wandering and photographing with phones and cameras, don’t be alarmed, it’s prolly just Peach and Batman headed “Down the Road”

Y’all take a piece of advice from an old country boy that’s “living in the wrong time” in this new fangled world; Live your life as God intended, learn to take happiness with you where ever you are headed, stop and meet people in small out of the way places, smile, give a kind word to someone, and above all, find that someone that you can not stand to be apart from and hang on to them forever, the adventure awaits just down the road.

“Peach, it’s getting time to spin the dial and see which direction we should head, don’t ya think?”