Tuesday, June 19, 2012

You said I had the look of a prairie crow

I'm listening to a story on As It Happens about the infestation of tent caterpillars that's ravaging northern and central Alberta.  We're heading up to central Alberta this weekend, to a wedding - an outdoor wedding.  Sure am glad I know about the billions of tent caterpillars that will be there to greet us.

By contrast, the vegetation here in the south is ridiculously lush right now.  Everywhere you look, you are assaulted by such insane greenness that it almost seers your eyeballs.  We're used to brown.  June is our rainy month, however, so come August the grass will once again crunch as you walk across it.  As grass should.

We're heading out on the road early next week, crossing the gap that some call Saskatchewan, till we hit the golden shores of Manitoba on the far side.  There will be new babies to sniff, new homes to visit, and nieces to welcome home from a year in the desert.  Amongst all the family visits, we will check in on the money pit.  I'm already girding my loins for those 486 steps to the outhouse. 

Naturally I'll be putting together some road trip mixes.  

Any suggestions for a playlist, something 
that will really burn up the kilometres?

9 comments:

bloody awful poetry said...

Road trip! Hope you have a safe journey and a great time.
And I would strongly recommend any cut from the new Japandroids album - that thing was BORN to be played on highways.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

To the highway born is precisely what I am looking for. Japandroids it is. Thanks for the recommendation, BAP!

Anonymous said...

careful what you say about Saskatchewan there ma'am

kelly

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I meant it in the best possible way, of course, Kelly! Saskatchewan is a great place, except when you are trying to get from Alberta to Manitoba in one day. Then it's just way too big.

umbrellalady said...

Just 486 steps? I have my own private one just about 50 steps or so from your place...I could loan it out...comes with a view...woodheat...

mister anchovy said...

Start off with some good old Talking Heads. Psycho Killer is perfect for a roadtrip. Move into some zydeco, maybe Clifton Chenier's Boogaloosa Boogie or perhaps Check it out, Lock it in, Crank it up by Beau Jocques and the Zydeco High Rollers. Just when you start to feel, yeah I needed some accordion music and I didn't even know it, it's time for Bad as Me by Tom Waits. Then I'd turn up the twang and go way back to Bakersfield for some Buck Owens and the Buckeroos...and follow it up with Tex Mex from the 90s with the self-titled Texas Tornadoes album.

Well, you asked....

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I understand that woodheat will not be a requirement while we are out there this time, Kathy. In fact, this will be our first taste of summer!

Why are you not here, burning me some road trips CDs as we speak, Mr Anchovy? Those are awesome suggestions! Thanks.

Allison said...

What BAP said! My recent listening has been more low-key...might put you to sleep.

Sounds like a lovely week ahead. I hope all the driving goes well and be sure to take lots of pictures of the money pit! ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I definitely want to be staying awake on this road trip, Al, at least while I'm driving. Japandroids, it is! Although I will certainly through in a few handclaps for good measure.