Can I Call it a Walk-About?

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Aussie’s call it a walk-about, some call it soul searching, whatever I’ve been there. I awoke one morning needing to change my life and I just walked out, metaphorically speaking. Its funny how you try to take the bull by the horns only to have to the horns come off in your hands but that’s another post, my walk-about.

One morning I just took out walking to feel the cadence of one foot in front of the other. A step at a time I was walking in the realm of my own possibilities. I lost all track of distance and time, night fell and with all that walking I was parched; great a bar.

Did not think twice, walked right in and my arm went instantly into the, “I’m here, need a drink” motion. I didn’t even look at the bar keep, “Shot of tequila, in fact make it two” I muttered. He said something about the salt being in front of me and asked if I wanted a lemon? To which I replied, “Do I look like a sissy drinker, just the shots please.”

I slammed the first shot and became aware of a gentleman sitting on a stool next to me. Chubby little fellow, so chubby in fact it took me a moment to find his legs but they were there. It was then our eyes acknowledged each other, the universal head nod and again we settled on our stools.

He spoke first, “rough day?” “You could say that, walk-about.” “What is so bad you need a walk-about?” he asked still staring at his drink. I sat silent for a moment and then I felt it snap.

Something in my brain just snapped and I unleashed a barge of gibberish. “Seems everywhere I turn there is pain, anguish, injustice; people going crazy justifying it with whoa us me excuses and then an entire band wagon grows.” The rant was actually about an hour long, I’ve condensed it here but it did not deter the little chubby dude.

Not looking up he merely asked, “You got people in your life that care about you, love you?” I nodded my head yes. I wondered where this was going and tilted my head to catch a quick glimpse of his face. It was then I noticed the scar.

”I would give my soul to have a caring, loving person in my life but all people do for me is make up stories and then try to shot me down,” he was talking as if he had lived a real story and I thought this my cue. “Is that how you got the scar?” I asked. “No, that scar is from me searching for what you already have.” “You mean someone beat you for loving them?” I really wanted to hear this story, I pressed and he obliged.

“I went on a walk-about once, ended up just like you in a bar. Saw a pretty little heifer sitting in the corner, worked my magic and ended up back her place. Prettiest eyes you ever saw, deep brown with long lashes. You know the kind that makes your heart skip a beat. I got lost.” He said.

After a sip he continued, “In the heat of the moment we did not hear the door, nor did I know she was a cheat. I’m not that kind of guy I tell you. Next thing I see is this huge dude at the foot of the bed nostrils flaring and he definitely was seeing red.”

He was shaking his head recalling, “Crazy heifer tried to jump over me to get her clothes, ripped a gash in my head with her bling and left me stranded. I barely made it out of there with my life.”

I guess he hit a memory nerve, paid the bar keep and started to leave. “Sorry dude,” was all I could think to say. Again the universal nod, “Hey what’s your name dude?” “Moon,” he huffed. “As in Warren?” I asked. “No as in “the man in”,” he replied.

Sorry for the length but this little story has been driving me crazy. To those who have contacted me I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. As I said in the opening, the horns have fallen off in my hands. I’m trying to get back just be patient.


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Karen Walker said, 

oooh Jules, just oooh! We're here....

March 30, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Julie said, 

Oh, I'm so glad to see you blogging again, Jules. I really missed your blog and was concerned about you, I'm so glad to see you back. This is a beautiful story you've shared, I loved reading it.

I'm so sorry you have been struggling and I wish you peace and contentment. Sending hugs and good wishes your way, take care.

March 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM  
Arlee Bird said, 

Jules! I kept wondering about you and would think about sending you an email, although last time I did I actually sent it to the wrong person. Glad to see you here again. I not singing sad songs, but dancing and singing happy songs--well, metaphorically speaking. Love that "man in the moon". Ah, you're back in form.

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March 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

Jules, just glad to see a post from you again.

March 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

Jules what a lovely surprise hearing from you. I hope things are sorting themselves out and you'll be back for good.
Loved the post long yes but it was so good to hear from you.

I went to LA IN fEB with my brother and we met up with Arlee, We knew each other straight away was strange as we've never met before.
Had a lovely day and one I won't forget. My new book is selling gradually on Amazon which I'm pleased about.

Please take care and keep in touch.
Yvonne x

March 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM  
Susan Flett Swiderski said, 

Whatever you choose to call it, I think we could all benefit from an occasional walk-about to get our heads on straight and our priorities in order. Great story.

March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM  
The Blogger Formerly Known As said, 

You take your time and come back when you’re ready! Having said that, it was an absolute delight to see a new post from you.

Take care x

March 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM  
Tracy said, 

Gosh, that was lovely Jules, and imagine that; all the people who love and support you and have missed you! Guess I wasn't the only one....take good care of yourself and don't be a stranger!

March 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM  
Paula said, 

Glad to hear from you again. I considered writing another email to you. Glad you came out on the other side.Love form my heart to yours.

March 30, 2012 at 5:01 PM  
Kobi Ko said, 

Good to read you again, Jules. And I hope you find yourself somewhere in this jumble.

March 31, 2012 at 3:52 AM  
DL Hammons said, 

It sounds like your still walking. If you ever need somebody to keep you company...I'm here! :)

March 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM  

Good to see you back

March 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Velvet Over Steel said, 

I was so happy to see you posted! I too have been gone a lot since the first of the year. My post are few and far between for so many reasons and I too have been 'walking' and thinking about life, futures, etc. Please remember how much we all care about you and Understand!!
Big HUGH Hug my friend,
Coreen XO

March 31, 2012 at 5:33 PM  
February Grace said, 

Have missed you, and worried.


April 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM  
Lisa Ricard Claro said, 

I've never heard the analogy of the bull and horns before, but it sure fits. I think the important thing is that you know they fell off and you're working on a solution. Finding one may not be easy, but you will find it. And at the risk of sounding cliche, "the truth is in the journey." Thanks for sharing the story. It is easy to relate to. I do hope you come through whatever you're going through in the most positive way possible.

April 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
Green Monkey said, 

oh boy... they're at in the board room, Trump is about to fire someone and I'm focused on your every word! Welcome back! I have missed you! truly I have!!!!

April 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM  
Tammy said, 

So glad your walkabout walked you back!!! And you even went to the Moon and had words with the Man?! Very impressive. Can't wait to hear more. Yep on the pain & anguish, but there's lots of good stuff too. Thanks for being the good stuff.

April 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM  
Possum said, 

Awesome...on many levels.

April 2, 2012 at 4:07 AM  
Karen Lange said, 

Good to see you back. :) Take care, and take it easy.

April 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

Cliff has never married though he has had his share of lady friends simply because he don't want to.
It's the same with women some never marry but do people comment anout that?
It is his business so who are we to judge anyone.

Thanks for calling by.

April 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM  
Manzanita said, 

Great story and sooo easy to read. I've been absent too. Not on a walk-about exactly but if I lived near you I'd have tagged along.

Little tubby man in the Moon. I love it.

This blogging is a funny thing. I feel close to so many people I've never seen. I was so excited to see your comment.

Welcome back. You are loved.

April 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM  
Shannon King said, 

Beautiful post, thanks so much for sharing it...blessings.

April 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM  
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