After I left Buffalo (and Kim), I looked forward to getting to Cleveland.
Back in my barnstorming, gypsy, cable life we had a big job in Cleveland. The place we stayed at was run by two brothers, Tim and John. They were two years apart and were running and remodeling kitchenettes for their family in Bedford Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. The drive to Bedford Heights from Buffalo was about three hours so normally to pace myself, I do a bump every 100 miles otherwise shit can get nuts getting wired by yourself. Today was different though, I had Kim on my mind so I lowered it to every 50 miles on the odometer. Now anyone who has been in this position knows 50 miles can be an eternity (LOL). I cannot imagine how the pioneers did it with covered wagons - I guess it was a different breed of human.
I blew into Cleveland about 2pm and, using my great memory, traveled to Bedford Heights. You have to remember this is before cell phones and GPS. This was paper maps and pay phones. Sometimes I wonder how we, as a society, survived without technology.
So after a few wrong turns, some extremely foul language and a couple unscheduled blasts up the nose, I saw the building. Now I'm sure Columbus seeing land was a bigger rush then me seeing the high rise, however Columbus was nowhere near as high as I was - so I'm just saying that I got quite the rush. I pulled into the parking lot. It had been about five years since I had been there, but we had a lot of great memories. It felt like I had never left.
I parked the car and walked into the office to find these two scoundrels. The woman at the counter asked if I needed any help, smoothly I replied, "not unless you are off work". I asked if the boys were in and she explained that they were unavailable at the moment. I moved right past her and and opened the door.
"Hey, you two lazy fuckin' scoundrels - who has the party favors?!"
They both jumped up and called me a traveling son of a bitch.
"What are you doing here", they asked.
"I got 2 days and money - let's do it", I replied.
They said the only logical response "why not?!"