Thursday, April 2, 2009

Adios, SoKno

Well, kids- this is it for me and Knoxville. Tomorrow morning I'm shoving off for the wide-open wastes of the American west. I actually have a job lined up that starts 11 days from now and it's in Wyoming, so I've got an apartment full of plastic boxes that need only be loaded into the back of my pickup and hopefully the whole mess of us- me, my well-traveled truck and all my ridiculous shit- will make it one more time across this great big country of ours. The truck better make it because I just sank more than a thousand bucks into her this week. She'll be hitting 200,000 miles right about the time I'm rolling through Moab, Utah Sunday afternoon, so keep your fingers crossed.

That's right- I'm going to Wyoming by way of Utah this time. I have a friend who's rangering in Canyonlands National Park, and I'm spending a week with him and his wife getting into whatever trouble we can find. Monday and Tuesday should find us canyoneering, climbing and/or rafting. Wednesday through Friday we'll be bicycling the 100-mile White Rim Trail. I've never done an overnighter on my bike, but it should be fun. The soreness of my ass after that will be nothing short of epic.

Then I'll be meandering my way up to snowy Wyoming to earn a paycheck for a change. I'll be rangering, but don't let that fool you- I'll really just be a glorified toll collector in a funny hat. The weekends will kick ass, though. Courtney will be joining me there eventually, which will be a first for us, and my climbing partner from my previous stint at the same place is coming back again, so I've already begun plotting our climbing objectives for the season. Fun will be had.

The lady and I just had drinks with a majority of the illustrious Wigshop bloggers, and I think that was a proper Knoxville send-off, ensconced high above the city in that golden disco ball enjoying $3 stouts. I will miss this town, and to that end I have assisted Courtney in the creation of an ode to K-Town, of sorts, another video presentation that I'm sure you will find amusing:

Viva Knox Vegas from dennyswaitress on Vimeo.

Thus concludes the Knoxville run of The Prettiest Denny's Waitress. I'll be on the road for the next week and, when we resume (hopefully I will find blogging time at my new/old job), I'll still be me, just slightly more western. And with a better view out my window.

Tune in then, kiddos, and drive safe. I'll try to do the same.


Julie said...

I'm sad I will get to see you even less frequently but I know you're off to your own personal nirvana so I wish you well.

PS - your video is awesome and has just raised the bar for your future endeavors.

nancypearlwannabe said...

Good luck with everything! Drive safe, I will need some awesome Wyoming stories to entertain me until the end of the school year.

I hope Courtney gets to join you soon!

The Dutchess of Kickball said...

Good luck on that drive. That would suck to have your car break down with all your worldy possessions in it.

em said...

Bye, Mickey! Drive safely, have a fun trip and good rangering to you!

Mongoliangirl said...

Your truck better make it and Courtney better join you.
1) Because I need tabling from other locations out of you
2) I need more hilarious videos like that out of Miss THANG

Good luck Mickey! Sounds like the first few days of a great adventure. I will look forward to you blogging again very soon.

Dianne said...

Good luck and have fun on your adventure! Having lived in Knoxville I have to say the great West sounds like a nice change of pace!

Chris said...

Have a safe trip, Mickey. I look forward to getting a virtual tour of Utah and Wyoming over the next six months.

Jacob said...

Awesome video. Good job fitting stuff to the music. Impressive. Were you playing the song while she danced to make sure she was going to fit the rhythm?

DailyNewsie said...

Be safe and good luck! I look forward to hearing about your Wyoming adventures.

Stefanie said...

Have a safe trip! I'm hoping you find some good blog fodder along the way. A road trip is bound to involve some bloggable absurdity, right?

Erin said...

Ya! Go west, young man. Have fun at Canyonlands. It's a great time for biking. I'm going to that part of the state (Hanksville) on Friday for some hiking and hanging around my friend's desert kiln. Ya, love the west.

Good luck in Wyoming!

The Modern Gal said...

Ok, many things:

1. There was no other way to send you off, except atop the disco ball BUT
2. I'm sorry I had to miss it. Just like Courtney mentioned in her journalism post, the job always finds a way to get in the way BUT
3. We'll always have Lebowski. AND
4. I shall be keeping your lady as busy as possible in your absence. Make sure she calls me whenever she needs someone to talk to/hang with. AND
5. I'll do my best to road trip to Wyoming this summer.

That is all.

Wright said...

Great video! Thanks for the laugh.