Wrong turn.... Right turn...

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Dec 01, 2009

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John and Devon's Place

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Monday, November 16, 2009

As I drove toward Albuquerque, I had the memory of Bugs Bunny. This is where he would have always taken a wrong turn... in Albuquerque. 
 The "truth is stranger then fiction" part of this entry begins with my car's engine light coming on. If you've payed attention, this issue came up back in July; when I was entering Canada and took my car to a service place in Quebec city. The issue was never resolved and I knew the problem would have to be fixed eventually. Well, eventually is on your way to Albuquerque. 
  So as I finally found Devon and John's place, outside the city and quite remote, I was relived to have gotten the car that far. I met Devon and her husband John and instantly felt at home. My dad and Devon's mom are old theater friends and I promised my dad I would visit them on the way back to Atlanta. Devon and John are both teachers and very well read. They also had a piano, a bunch of friendly cats and the sweetest dog I think I've ever met
 Along with feeling at home, I also felt like crap. Seriously, I got sick a day after being there. Something I thought would happen as soon as I got home to Atlanta. I'm so thankful to John and Devon for understanding and helping me get better. 
 Unfortunately, I forgot all about my car. Remember my sick horse? Yeah, I didn't either. So by the time I got well enough to get it to Toyota, I was already there days longer then planned. Remember Bugs' wrong turn? My car was so sick it took an extra 5 days and over $4000 to fix! Are you kidding me?!! And it gets better. During this period, I had talked to my parents and we were all anxiously awaiting test results about my mom. And Tami and I had a fight over the phone! All within a day. 
 Well, I didn't waste much time. There were some lemons to squeeze! I made up with Tami, the test results were negative by Monday, I recovered and spent a ton of time, while waiting on the car, to practice piano, guitar, and paint. We even took a drive through the mountains and had dinner in Santa Fe. By Tuesday night my car was ready and I spent one last evening hanging and laughing with Devon and John. By now, the idea of making it back to Atlanta by Thanksgiving was out of the question. I had stayed in Albuquerque a week longer then expected, but I never would have had the chance to make new friends and find the real beauty of New Mexico. A stark beauty that only reveals itself for short times throughout the day. If your paying attention, you can find beautiful things where you least expect.
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