Thursday, December 07, 2006

Wednesday With Words

As one travels between Las Vegas and Phoenix, there is a spot in the Arizona desert where he may travel for miles without seeing any sign of human inhabitation beyond the road shimmering into the distance. Suddenly this weary and lonesome driver spots a road crossing sign. Civilization! His eyes search the horizon ... Into view comes a wide, four-lane cross street, stop signs optimistically standing guard in this vast nothingness. Still no other signs of human occupation exist beyond these bitumen lines in the sand. Yet there proudly stands a street sign proclaiming -- testament to some man's rueful faith -- First Street.

26 Comments:

Blogger ~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

I would get a bit nervous driving that stretch alone.

12/07/2006 07:05:00 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I hate those long stretches at night...I always swear see some guy who is ready to kidnap us or something.....

12/07/2006 07:36:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I love long lonely stretches with nothing for miles....absolutely nothing sounds right up my street.

12/07/2006 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Silver -- if I have a car I trust, I don't mind.

Lori -- don't stop.

Jenn -- mine, too -- but there's never eally nothing, if one knows how to look.

12/07/2006 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous brian said...

Every house begins with a First Street.

Have a good weekend.

12/07/2006 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

hello, mapquest?

12/07/2006 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger Caryl-Mom-Nana said...

I remember that sign, Dean's and my discovery of it, and yours and Betty's a few years later! I'm betting it is still there, waiting with hopeful, anxious antisipation of that '1st house' being built on First Steet in the middle of Nothing, Nowhere Mtn. Desert Nevada. It is eery all along there. With the knowledge of nuculer plants in them there hills you keep waiting for the 15 ft. tall green jack rabbit to come hopping out of the Nowhere, Nothing great beyond. Not a road I would wish to travel alone, daylignt or no. xooxo C

12/07/2006 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Brian -- streets are the true foundations of neighborhoods

Amy -- no way to get lost out there -- flat forever and one road, until that cross street to nowhere.

Caryl -- I also remember when you and Dean discovered it because you called me on the phone to tell me about it. In fact, that memory went through my mind when I first saw this pic.

12/07/2006 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Reading this post made me think of my drive to Calgary in 1996. In parts of Ontario along the North Shore of Lake Superior you'd drive for miles and see nothing. At times it was just, Roxy, Barney and me on the desolate stretch of Trans Canada Highway. Cell Phones had no signal for most of this part of the drive. Then all of a sudden you'd come across all these signs and you knew you were coming into civilisation.

A wonderful day is wished for you.

12/07/2006 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger charlie said...

OH QD, i would fall about laughing! great post.

12/07/2006 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

I must need a break from people/crowds for this sign looks good to me. I could have used it for halloween night when so many children came we ran out "absolutely nothing" as a matter of fact it would seem like a great idea to place outside today so as not to compete with the light brigade of the neighborhood! Simple, understated,popcorn on a string "these are a few of my favorite things!"

12/07/2006 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Bill -- I think there are more of these roads in the world then those of us who live in crowded cities might consider.

Charlie -- why does that not surprise me?

Pauline -- the prettiest Christmas tree I ever had was decorated in popcorn, crocheted granny squares, Christmas cards, and one meager string of lights.

12/07/2006 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

Sounds like the start of a Stephen King novel.

12/07/2006 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

Are you going around as someone else?

12/07/2006 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I think I remember the stretch you're talking about from our drive a while ago. But we were so busy visiting it seemed to go by quickly. :)

12/07/2006 03:42:00 PM  
Blogger chrissyhooker said...

Love roads like that! (as an aside... isn't it Thursda?)

12/07/2006 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger chrissyhooker said...

Thursday that is...

12/07/2006 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Nessa -- it does, doesn't it> AND, as far as I know I am only me. Quilldancer or Quilldancer-Disciple. Is somebody impersonating me?

Brooke -- you're right, we were probably yakking. You know, driving that car was a dream. I still want one!

Chrissy -- I do, too -- and it is Thursday. I forgot to put the post up yesterday. You're the only one who noticed!

12/07/2006 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

There's someone commenting as Charlene (with no profile) that I thought might be you?

12/07/2006 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Nessa -- yeah, I just looked -- every comment on every beta blog I visited last night posted that way. Blogger did it, not me. It is good I haven't been trying to keep my identity a secret, isn't it?

12/07/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger Al said...

Desolation humor - Love it!, Thanks, Quilldancer.

12/07/2006 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger O Ceallaigh said...

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings ...

I have an idea for the first business on First Street. Last Chance Gas ...

nyuk nyuk

12/07/2006 08:18:00 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Al -- de nada

OC -- You constantly amaze me.

boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

12/07/2006 08:25:00 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

here i come all humble and shy to say thank you from the deepest part of me. this too shall pass and i we will be stronger for it. in the meantime, i have friends, wonderful souls like yours, that love me and make me feel God's warmth and compassion. thank you so very much. for being you and for sharing it through your words, your prayers and your time, specially while your life is not so much roses right now. God Bless your heart friend.

12/07/2006 09:09:00 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Chana -- my life has a very bright glow right now. Concentrate on Keka and the rest of your family.

12/07/2006 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger bazza27 said...

Faith is a wonderful thing.

12/08/2006 05:01:00 AM  

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