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Sunday, April 20, 2008

My worthy opponent and WWC

When I first met Macey, I can remember saying, " She is a worthy opponent." She held up banter well and was able to match wits in the most peculiar way. She made me smile with her charm and intelligence. She read me like a book in a way no one had ever done before: familiar, and steady. I was instantly at home in her arms and I knew beyond a doubt that with her is where I was supposed to be for a very, very long time. I I knew I'd found love.

This weekend Macey and I went to the Smokey Mountains and stayed in a cabin near Gatlinburg and celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary. We had a beautiful time and a beautiful view from our balcony:

which housed the jacuzzi that I didn't want to leave behind. Who am I kidding? I didn't want to leave the cabin behind. I tried to pitch the most convincing campaign that I could possibly muster for our moving in immediately.




I campaigned hard for quitting our jobs and moving to the mountains, becoming a couple of mountain women and one mountain sun-dog. Then we ventured out. We made our way down the mountain and into town, where, unbeknownst to us, a hot rod car show was under way for the duration of the weekend,OUR weekend.

I wouldn't have minded the car show so much, had it been in a singular location, this however was spread fully across all of Pigeon Forge, causing the travel time to be 2 hours to go from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg, that's 2 HOURS on a 7 MILE stretch of highway! It was absolutely crazy. I saw more rebel flags and mullets than I've ever seen in any one spot. Except that one time that I had to travel through Alabama and stopped at a little country gas station, then promptly decided to keep on going; me with my rainbow "Dyke Pride" sticker in my back window shining like a "kick me" sign on my back in the school yard. What was I thinking, anyways? Nowhere, Alabama is no place for a couple of dykes with rainbows and queer pride stickers, it was like some Gynocentric version of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Rebel flags and mullets aside, I enjoyed reconnecting with my wife. I enjoyed the escape from our everyday life, and I enjoyed the scenery of the Smokey Mountains. I had fun going into Gatlinburg and being a tourist for a day. I felt really sad for the area, though. Like it's lost it's soul. A million stores selling the same ole' thing in each and every one. I found you have to get out of Gatlinburg, into the meat and potatoes of the smokies to see the beauty. Otherwise, you've got a tourist trap with nothing but shop after shop of the same old crap and so many cars and engines being revved that you can smell the imminent threat of carbon monoxide poisioning from the cloud that surrounds each and every car's exhaust like a little cumulus of death. I didn't find quite what I expected to find, but what I did find was a wonderful little pancake place, a beautiful cabin, some scenic vistas, and a renewed connection with the love of my life. I think it all worked out perfectly fine.

Now, on to the WWC...

Tink, of Pickled Beef, gave us a tricky little feat to accomplish this week... tisk, tisk, Tink! She made me have to get out my thinking cap. She asked us to capture our interpretations of

Wind

&

Five

quite a challenge, for me at least. Here's mine.



and here's some bonus Gatlinburg photos

Tink has set up a Flickr group for the WWC so check that out too! flickr's free to join, so why not?

Oh yeah, and
Happy Earth Day Everyone! I've committed myself to cleaning up the litter in my neighborhood,
what's your commitment?

11 cookies cracked:

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary. Those were some really special words you said about Macey and it made me sad that I don't feel that way about anyone....LOL.

Self-Centered. Me? Why would you say that? ;)

Jay said...

Congrats on your anniversary! And that cabin does look awesome. I would love to live in a cool cabin like that. Especially one with a big jacuzzi.

Also great job on the WWC. Love the wind chimes and the toothpick holder. ;-)

kcinnova said...

Beautiful flowers! Iris are my favorites. :)
I know what you mean about wanting to stay at the cabin. I'm always ready to dump my regular life in favor of permanent vacation.
Of course, reality being what it is, we need to work to pay the bills. *sigh*
Glad you were able to get away and reconnect.

gr said...

yeow, what a pretty cabin!
We live in what some people consider the most liberal town in America, Ithaca (everbody has a rainbow bumper sticker!), but I have wondered what it is like to live in the deep south and you're not a good ole boy or girl?

R.E.H. said...

Yeah, I can see that living in that cabin would be sweet... and who doesn't love a jacuzzi?`

Great WWC pictures this week! I loved the toothpic doll... hehe - it was like some deranged voodoo doll!

Reb said...

Happy Anniversary, looks like a great place to relax and reconnect!

Love the voodoo toothpick holder! Great pictures all. Irises are my favorite flowers.

Karen said...

Congrats on the anniversary. I can understand why you wouldn't want to leave that cabin.

The corporate flag is just all kinds of wrong. But good picture for wind. And all your flower shots are simply beautiful.

Alice said...

wow... i'm way jealous of that cabin. and the whole weekend, really :-) happy anniversary!

hee i LOVE the toothpick dude..

Chatty said...

Hey - I have a toothpick guy too - but mine is taking a siesta on his stomach and the toothpick holes are...well, you probably get the picture. Your windchimes and iris are lovely. And that flag is very interesting - never seen one like that. Corporate America, indeed!

Tink said...

On the flip side of that, I accidentally went to Disney when it was gay pride week... With my Mom and my two little brothers. LOL.

I want that flag! Too too cool. The pictures of the flowers are beautiful too, and the closeup of the wind chime. Well played!

Fortune Cookies said...

Karen, I'd never call you self-centered, egocentric? maybe. lol j.k. ;)

Jay- thanks!we had fun. toothpick holder seems to be this week's popular photo.

kcinnova- getting away and reconnecting is always a welcome experience. If we lived on permenant vacation, what would we do to get away?

gr - ooh! I'm coming to Ithaca! Living in the south, when you aren't exactly part of the good ole' boy's club can be trying sometimes, but usually, here in the Metro area, isn't much of a big deal, unless you want to get married here in the states, join the ymca, put your partner on your insurance plan, get a home equity loan together...

r.e.h.- thanks! yes, my friend brought me that voodo doll tooth pick holder from one of his travels. I LOVE it!

reb - it was! we had a great time. Irises and lillys are my favorites, well, add cannas to that, irises, lillys, and cannas are my favorite flowers, but then, they are all similar, aren't they?

Karen - thank you much! OOh, I thought the corporate america flag was all kinds of right! :) I was so enamored with it, I kept taking pictures of it that day. I even asked the owner of it where I could get my own, but I'm just that kind of girl.

Alice- thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll come back. we had a blast. That toothpick holder certainly is popular this week!

Chatty - I'd love to see your toothpick guy! That's wonderful!!!
Corporate America flag is available at Corporate America Flag

Tink - OOPS! well, on the upside of accidentally showing up to Disney at Pride week is at worst, you may get a makeover! I hope you had fun anyways.
Corporate America Flag can be found at Corporate America Flag