“Travels to a Different Time”: 27August71: On the Way Home: Hey Buddy Can You Spare Some Food? Cocktails With Captain Stinky Davis: Bad Call from Fritz?

We woke up to a phone call from Fritz and like Heidi getting a phone call from her boyfriend and crying after that call Mom started blubbering. I am confused as what to do. Of course, I wish her the greatest happiness but she can’t seem to move beyond my dead Dad. She loved him so much. She must be confused too. So I take back my notation about her “blubbering” as that is cruel word to use. Strangely I could use some advice from Dad but due to his death I find myself having to face the world without him. On the other hand has life dealt me a rotten card? I would have never had this opportunity to travel if he had been alive. Again I feel guilty about these thoughts but reality is reality and I can’t ignore how I feel. On the plane at noon heading to Bangor, Maine for a crew change and refuelling. It will head back to Oakland to pick up a load then back to Europe. I ended up sitting in the middle of two Texan brothers. They gave me most of their lunches and snacks. We landed in Bangor Maine and sister Barbara was there ready to head back to Europe tomorrow, I went for a swim and after we went to Stinky Davis’ room where I had some snacks and the adults drinks. Davis is a captain for Overseas National Airways and his nickname “Stinky” is rumoured to be because of alcohol on his breath. We went out with Barb and a few of the crew for dinner in this bleak town. After experiencing such great architecture in Europe, it is strange returning to North America which appears ugly and barren. It takes at least 1 week to get used to. Next day we take Greyhound back to Montreal. Strange for me to say I am beginning to feel like Europe is becoming my second home. Returning to it is not strange but rather a sense of relief about being back where I feel comfortable. 6 months in Europe living much like a local does that to you. How many 16-year old’s have traveled like me?

Photo Aldo Bindini

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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