Friday, September 8, 2017

Maryland, Again... And Good Friends, Again...

Perusing my blog, it dawned on me that my last entry was made while I was driving south from New York back in May, stopping off in Maryland. So, it only seemed appropriate that my next entry should be made while I was driving south from New York, stopping off in Maryland.

Originally, this trip was supposed to be five days long. I was going to fly into Long Island, shoot a gig, spend five days there and fly home. Then I decided to drive because I could bring more photo gear with me. It would also be good because I'd be able to spend a little longer on the road. My next shoot wasn't scheduled until September 8th. So, just like last time, I would be stopping in Maryland to visit with my good friends Mark and Deb. They have wonderful guest accommodations (which I have dubbed the "Elvis Suite") which I love taking advantage of whenever I'm in the area. My plan was to spend two nights in Maryland then high-tail it home. 

Well, best laid plans and all that.

Coinciding with my arrival (more or less) in Maryland was Hurricane Irma's arrival in Florida. As I expected, both of my shoots were postponed. Given that, I didn't see too many reasons to continue on to Florida, considering that life down there would be take a rather dramatic turn for the worse in the coming days. Mark and Deb's generosity made the Elvis Suite available for as long as I needed it, so I made the necessary phone calls and made plans to stay through the weekend.

It made me reflect on how fortunate I am. It's kind of a running joke, really. My Mom always brings up how I never have to stay in hotels when I travel because I know so many people and how I'd never go anywhere if I didn't know all these people. Well, Lucille's probably right. I'm not breaking any news when I say I like to travel. But traveling for the sake of travel can get boring if you're not careful. One of the primary reasons I like to travel, and certainly the most enjoyable, is because I like visiting old friends I don't get to see too often.

Friends like Mark and Deb...

The Best Laid Plans...

So, needless to say, things were going great.  Monowi proved to be every bit as kitschy and cool as we'd hoped. Let's face it, a pop...