Last weekend, Roxy and I went to BUTCH Voices Portland together. Â She landed at SeaTac airport late Friday morning and rode a shuttle down to Olympia. Â Once there, since I was still at work, she puttered around my hometown, making new friends, taking pictures and enjoying time to herself. Â We texted through the day, and I was delighted that she enjoyed her free time so much. Â Neither she nor I get much truly free time these days. Â Even though I couldn’t slip out of work and meet her, it was great to know she was so close and enjoying my city so much.
I finished up my work day and had dinner with my family, then packed up the truck. Â I picked her up and we headed south. Â It takes about 2 hours to get into Portland.
On Sunday we loaded our stuff back into the truck, bagging everything to ward against precip, and headed north. Â We had at least 3 hours ahead of us to get her back to the airport, and then I had another hour to get back home. Â In my circle of friends, we believe that if you really want to test a relationship, friendship or romantic, take a road trip with that person. Â Spend hours in a small space hurtling forward together and you’ll find out how compatible you are, or if your taste in music causes your companion to have fits. Â I am happy to report that Roxy and I are highly compatible travel companions. Â Normally, when travelling with my wife, I’m the co-pilot and navigator. Â This time around, I was the driver and Roxy my co-pilot. Â We tested our abilities several times over the course of the weekend, because we excelled at getting somewhat to fully lost at various times. Â Between my printed maps and my iPhone, we always managed to get ourselves where we needed to be. Â AND we did it without getting grumpy and pissed off at each other, or panicking.. I’d say that’s a pretty good indication of our long-term viability.
Eventually, we did make it to the airport, though traffic did its best to put us off our schedule. Â Well, that and orgasms.. heh heh. Road tripping with her is fun and sweet and romantic. Â I love seeing all the familiar landscape through her eyes, things I take for granted, she revels in and celebrates. Â I know I can count on her to stay calm, to navigate well and communicate. Â I can also count on her to keep me stimulated along the way. Â She knows she can count on me to drive safely, even if I’m bending the rules a bit.
“.. I’m not sure you can go that way…”
Roxy, darlin, you’re welcome in my truck anytime, baby, and I won’t even mind getting lost, as long as I have you to be lost with.
Happy HNT, yâ€™all
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