My next angel came in the form
of Jerry, the Exxon guy who located a tiny metal connector somewhere that
wasn't connecting. Anyway, the ignition appears to be fixed.
My friend Jan arrived at the station and wow! we were off.
Now Jan is just one of the
most outragously wonderful warrior women I know. We immediately had
to eat something, ride something and then get tattoo'd. It's a female
She owns a huge tricycle thing--a
motorcycle with 3 wheels, red metallic and a great seat, like a balcony
behind her just for me. We rode all over Billings looking at the
art horses. They have art cows in Portland and in Billings they have
horses that are painted, stickered, muraled, and covered in porcelian.
Jan and I both want several. Remember, these horses are life-size.
One is called Dale Earnhorse, Jr and is done up like a red race car, a
seat inside the horse's back and sponsor stickers on its sides and silver
wheels on its ankles. We don't know much about art but we love these
Jan surrounds herself with
love: 3 dogs and 2 cats. Something is always either in my lap
or panting in my face and I feel totally entertained. Last night
I think that was a cat in bed with me.
Next time you're hankerin'
for a tattoo of your very own, check in on Eagle Tattoo on Grand Avenue
in Billings. David "Little Vinnie" McAuliffe did a lovely job on
Jan's roses and he says that 85% of their customers are women. The
place was full of women lined up for lady bugs, paw prints and to look
at the new photos of David's 4-month old who is showing signs of remarkable
intelligence. Mom Brianna is a rather breathtaking redhead who makes
Grace (of "Will & Grace") look rather plain.
Party with Jan's friends at
Rick's house (it was his birthday, he must be 105 if he's a day, but still
a rocking Parrothead) and listened to interesting observations about Butte,
Montana about 200 miles from Billings. From a town of 115,00 people,
Butte is down to about 10,000 folk and a rather large mining pit.
Makes me wonder what happened to all those houses? Abandoned?
So if you're feeling crowded or you're sick of traffic and lots of people,
why not check out Butte? Sounds like being a real estate agent in
Butte is like directing traffic in the Mojave Desert.
Several airline pilots at this
party and interesting to note that many of them are headquartered in southwestern
cities but continue to call Billings home and fly here just because "THEY
LIKE IT HERE."
Enjoyed having a gearhead talk
with Auggie about 3-wheeled trikes and Corvair motors and road travel in
Now remember what we learned
from P.T. Barnum at his museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut? Well,
if you have that lesson well-learned, you'll need it for this next part.
Jerry down at the Exxon station
here in Billings fixed the ignition problem with Seno and Saturday night
Jan and I partied with friends. Sunday I was due to leave for Yellowstone.
Overcast and wet skies sent me packing to the net and weather for Montana
After two hours of mileage
charts, routes, snow levels and road condition reports I elected to stay
put. The pressure was ON, however, because I am due to be in Reno
for a speaking engagement June 13. I could have made it but there
is snow starting at 4,500 feet and if you check a map you will find that
Billings and I are on the EAST side of the mountain range. I even
thought of heading south but high winds were threatening to knock the trucks
off the interstates.
If you're going to be stuck,
Jan's place is an excellent choice. So now the plan is: fly
to Reno, do the gig and fly back to Billings, pick up Seno and resume the
trip. Jan and I immediately started making plans for all the fun
things we can do so I get a Reiki treatment this morning and we'll be reading
"Wishcraft" together and doing the exercises. Anybody out there wanting
to lock into "what's next?" for your life, I highly recommend Barbara Sher's
book on crafting your wishes. Available ANYWHERE.
If P.T. was right, then this
is definitely for the best. Ya'll stay safe and well today and make
the most of whatever you've got for today.
He ran across the parking lot
and will run right into your little ole heart if you're not careful.
Some people are loaded with chutzpah and then there's this kid. James
Fulkerson is destined for greatness althought right now all he wants to
be is a dj so he can bash back at Howard Stern for "making fun of retarded
Well, I never listen to H.
Stern so I really don't know but I did listen to James Fulkerson who so
charmed me in a Billings parking lot that yes, I signed up to help him
make his sales so he can go to Rome. He and his lovely accomplice,
Johnna Williams are both anxious to get on a plane and see what there is
of the world. So help them out! Buy a gift subscription for
your grandchild or your boyfriend to any magazine you think they'd like....and
call 717-285-4205 and James/Johnna will do the rest. Honestly, these
hardworking students put themselves OUT THERE to strangers--you'd hire
them in a minute to work for you too.