We’ve finally broken free of lockdowns and masks and have run for the hills of North Carolina.
The kids came up yesterday morning, and we decided that if we got off work early enough that we’d come on up if we could find a room for one night.
We stayed at the Route 19 Inn which is a refurbished hotel that had been here since the 1940s.
I was speaking to the owner this morning and the place was buried under downed trees for years. They came in and completely refurbished the place, gave it an old school motor inn vibe and gone to work. They’ve really made something of the place in a year.
Y’all, abandoned is my thing. I have driven by this place for six years. It’s just off Soco Road. I can’t believe I haven’t noticed.
Just a quick review of the room.
It’s basic but you have cable (we didn’t even turn on the TV), USB charging ports, and the wifi was strong.
Nice price for a one night stay and finding a one nighter is hard nowadays. Extremely friendly owners.
I’m going to remove virtually all social media from my phone. I’ll leave social media apps on my iPad, but on my phone it’s just a distraction during the day.
Work to do, family to be with.
I’m keeping Instagram and Twitter.
Instagram is more the pics for me. If things start getting too political or woke on an account I’ll stop following. I love some of the people I follow and the way they see the world. Plus, I have some actual friends on there.
Twitter isn’t social media. Twitter is anti-social for the most part. Sure you’ll run across the odd egg that’s genuine and wants to interact, I experienced that this week. Besides the fact that Twitter is short and fast, hardly a distraction. I might check that on a break but not during work all day.
So anyway, it’s a plan. Not a fully realized “yes this will work” plan, but a plan.
This is coming from some old experiences and some more recent. The groups I’ve joined on FB are okay but you hit that occasional one where everybody in the group thinks they know exactly how the world should work. And they’re wrong. I’m fifty-two years old and I STILL don’t know how the world works. I still don’t understand women. But that’s another story.
I had the opportunity for a full reset regarding employment. I was offered a chance at a job (literally) resetting stores. Going into retail locations overnight and remodeling their stores when it was time for a change. It was a significant pay raise as well, and remodels and resetting are something I’m good at and would enjoy. But, as life goes, there’s a problem.
The problem is that I have a fifteen and a ten year old child at home and the job requires travel anywhere from two to fourteen weeks at a time and I cannot afford that much time away from my kids, not to mention my wife.
They would handle and deal with what came at them. But I don’t know that I could handle and deal with what came at them. You see, it’s important that we as parents are here. You can always find a way to make money. You can always get another job.
But you cannot get back time. Life is going to go right along without you and sometimes you can’t help that you’re not there. Sometimes it isn’t possible. Priorities get in the way but they are just that, priorities.
And some things need handled.
Family is absolutely the priority.
I had seriously thought about resetting this page but your past is as important as your present and future are. So everything stays. This isn’t a new year, new me post.
God no, I hate those.
I just feel the need to actually sit down and write and share our little adventures as they happen. I need to include more of my life to this.