Friday, July 15, 2011

Road Trip! Poetry Reading/Mission of Mercy

That's right.

I've only been home a few days but the romance of the open road beckons and I must answer the call.

This time I am driving up to northern California to see friends and to attend a poetry reading featuring Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Cathy Park Hong, Major Jackson, and Sharon Olds. Galway Kinnell was also supposed to be there, but had to cancel. I am pretty bummed about that.

While others shiver just a bit at driving for seven hours on Highway Five, I actually like it. There are a lot of fields, cows, and truck stops featuring funky belt buckles. I have my car stocked with books on CD's and a good supply of snacks as well.

I also packed these:


Why?

Well, I will be staying with my friend Jim who revealed to me last time I saw him that he had never made cookies. Can you believe this? Is it possible that a 40-something man has gone through life without making cookies?

Is this possible?

Is it moral?

Should it even be legal?

I think not.

So I am packing the Silpat and the dry ingredients for cookies and I plan on guiding him ever so gently through the process.

Also, Jim is a dear friend, but he is, alas, a bit of a Luddite in the area of technology (no cell phone, no cable, no laptop) and so I may be out of touch for some of my trip. (I am hoping, for the cookies, he springs for some of that new-fangled pre-packaged butter and I don't have to churn my own.)

I shall be back late on Sunday night. I will miss you all but will return with pictures and maybe a few wild tales from the poetry reading as well.

44 comments:

Catherine said...

Aren't you the sweetest friend! Everyone should at least know how to bake cookies. :)

Travel safe Betty!
xo Catherine

That Janie Girl said...

I want a cookie!

Have a great trip, Betty!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Even I know how to make cookies. And get that man some technology - quick!

Siv Maria said...

Have a nice week-end Betty and have fun teaching cookie making skills :)

Old Kitty said...

Yay for Jim the Luddite!! I love him already! LOL!!! But please do bake some cookies the BB way!! Yay!

Enjoy your poetry reading!! Take care
x

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Lol! Have a great trip, sounds like you'll have a peaceful one with no technology around! :)

Flartus said...

Hey, don't go too nuts at that poetry reading. I know how you English types can be when removed from the supervision of family and co-workers.

And I hope Jim will allow to use your digital camera to photograph the cookies, instead of ink drawings.

Daisy said...

Have a great weekend, Betty! :-)

Mamma has spoken said...

Sounds like a wonderful time, enjoy!

Leah J. Utas said...

Road trip! Cookies! Sounds like a grand time.

Eva Gallant said...

Have fun!

Joan said...

We drove through N. California a few years ago and I fell in love. I want to go back. Now I want to go back and meet Jim! He sounds precious and I am so glad you're teaching him the wonders of baking cookies. It definitely is a skill everyone should have.

Teresa Evangeline said...

A Luddite, cookies, AND a poetry reading? Dang. Too much fun.

Brian said...

Have a terrific time fur sure!!!

EmptyNester said...

Wait for me! I want to come with!

Have a great time! Safe travels!

Ms. A said...

Oh, my goodness! Sure hope he has indoor plumbing! Have a great time.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

have a great time!

Baby Sister said...

Have fun!! Good luck with the cookie making...that is a tragedy...and it would be even greater if you had to churn the butter.

Madi and Mom said...

BB have a good trip. I read in today's paper highway 405 in CA was going to be closed for 53 hours and there is panic in the streets. Thank goodness you are heading the other way.
Hugs Madi and Mom

john said...

I'm with Jim...

ladydazy said...

How fun!

Homemade cookies! :) Luv those jars.

Have fun!

Linda said...

You know, I used to make cookies a lot, because I love them. But I've discovered that the refrigerated cookie dough that I can buy at the grocery store makes really good cookies with much less fuss. So I haven't made start-from-scratch cookies in years. We'll be waiting for those wild tales from the poetry reading. :)

Out on the prairie said...

I am shocked to see anyone still not grabbed by some sort of technology. My plumber ,Jim, is one who has avoided it, but wants to explore I-pads.It wil mbe a 6 before he bends I am sure.

Ann said...

Happy travels to you.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Enjoyed the post Betty,
Have a lovely week-end;
Yvonne.

ellen abbott said...

how can a man in his 40s even pre-qualify for being a luddite?

Marlene said...

Well, if you DO end up churning butter, I want pics!

Shan said...

Happy times! I like that drive, too.

Jules said...

You lucky dog! Not one but two road trips, I'm jealous. I hope Jim realizes "Real" men bake cookies. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Tabor said...

Cookies? Cookies? You can visit this cookies monster anytime.

KleinsteMotte said...

Have a safe road trip and here's hoping the cookie bake ends well. Enjoy the poetry too.

Jane said...

I hope that you are having a terrific time. How did the cookies turn out??

Jane

Joann Mannix said...

I am so jealous. Northern California, beautiful poetry and cookies to boot.

Have a fabulous time. And YES, report back on all the poets. Safe travels.

Lin said...

He may not have ever MADE cookies, but I'm bettin' Jim is an expert on eating them! :) Have fun and say "hi" to Jim for me!!

Annie said...

Hope the trip was a smashing success and that Jim now knows the joy of cookie making.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I hope it was a great trip, Betty. I've made that hwy 5 trek more times than I can count. I like it too, except the sporadic scent of manure. Hope you didn't notice that one.
xoRobyn

Lazarus said...

Bossy, you are a true Renaissance Woman. But do me a favor, boss your friend Jim into getting caught up with modern technology, we don't want you out of touch for that long. And don't let him get his big tongue on your Dairy Queen chocolate dipped ice cream cone!

Gaston Studio said...

Just smelling fresh baked cookies puts me in a good mood. Hope he had the new fantled butter!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Wait. What?!
Never made COOKIES? I can't move past that in my mind. LOL!!

Enjoy your trip--and cookies. :-)

Katherines Corner said...

what a sweetie you are. I can't wait to hear all about your memory making. I sure hope you take photos of the cookie making. Hugs!

Sarah said...

At first I thought you were coming my way, but no cell phone, computer, etc? He must not living in the Bay Area then. Is Jim the mountain man?

Sush said...

So how was the poetry? My Aunt used to live in Bolinas and was a published poet. How far were you headed?

Hugs~

Pat Tillett said...

I think if "outsiders" took a drive on the 5, from start to finish, they would be amazed at how much farm land is in the middle of our lovely state. You are already back now, so I can't say "have a good time!"

Sara said...

Whoooaaaa. You call it "Highway 5?" I was raised (in Oregon) to call it "I-5," but when I moved to California, I was forced to convert to "The 5."

Also, God bless you for teaching someone to make cookies from scratch!