Tuesday, July 27, 2010

shushan train

On the commute home I drove through downtown Shushan. Shushan (Shoo-Shin) is not a booming metropolis. It's just a few homes, a grocer, Trip's Antiques, and train tracks. Today I pulled up to the intersection and was met by a parked locomotive getting ready to head out. Talk about perspective. The monster loomed over my little Ford and growled as we skittered past. Gibson barked at the whistle-blowing beast while it was still parked. Crooked Still was blasting on the radio, and there is something damn pure about bluegrass, trains, and dogs in the front seat.

Tomorrow: off from work and visiting the local riding stables. I'm back in the saddle, baby.


Blogger Velma said...

and you're riding, too!!!

July 27, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

i used to be on the equestrian team in college, but haven't ridden since. It would just be a weekly lesson in Cambridge at Riding Right Riding Center.

July 27, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger laura said...

Any step in furthering your dreams is never "just". I know you know that. Just look at how far you've come!



July 27, 2010 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

haha! well...

i do have a dream about riding a fell pony into the sheep fields. But the expense of a horse is not in the budget now.

July 27, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Enjoy riding. While it may seem to some that you are once again spreading too thin, you should pursue your dreams while you are single and childless. Once a week could be considered theraputic and certainly cheaper than a shrink.

July 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Siberian said...

I'm jealous. I have always wanted to learn to ride, and horses are just so damn beautiful, who wouldn't want to? I've been thinking about taking a lesson or two at the local stable, but your post reminded me I have to get a move on! Thanks!

July 27, 2010 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'm just going for a tour. The owner of the riding center is another Storey Author, and over emails invited me down to check it out. Some of my coworkers ride there, and they offer weeknight and weekend lessons.

July 27, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Duck said...

Dang it! I so dearly wish I wasn't allergic to horses! Sigh.

And I'm sure you know that every little step towards a goal is a step nonetheless. ;)

July 27, 2010 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Carole said...

When I was a kid I often remember having to stop for a train crossing, now there aren't any trains running in my area, except for the Metro North ones into the city! I agree, there is definitely a rare charm in a train, a dog and some bluegrass - nice that you recognized and enjoyed the moment. :-)

July 27, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I think it was Reagan who said that there's nothing that getting around the outside of a horse can't fix, or something to that effect. Should be some more great exercise, you may make that fell pony happen yet!

July 28, 2010 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger RenĂ© said...

My first home was near a train track. I still find the sound of trains and their whistles to be comforting.

July 28, 2010 at 1:02 AM  
Blogger Mountain Man said...

All aboard! Great Pic!

July 28, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Velma said...

riding (again) will make you more human. be careful, it may take over your life!!!

July 28, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger lmel said...

Hey, good for you! I rode in college too. And now, many years later (not going to say how many), I'm back in the saddle again with my new horse. And I'm lovin' it!

July 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger lmel said...

I rode on the college team too, and now, many years later (not going to say how many)I'm back in the saddle again on my new horse. And I'm lovin' it!

July 28, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger BaaBaaRaa said...

You lead a NICE life!!! Crooked Still, trains, horses... dogs, sheep.

July 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Harpy 101 said...

Have I mentioned that I LOVE your blog? I just love it. It's total escape, but it's also hope, it's written with a mix of directness and poetry that's reassuring and satisfying, you update consistently (NO small feat) and you're accessible and admirable in your honesty, gumption and gentleness. Thanks again for keeping this up, along with with your busy life. You have FANS.

July 28, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger ecogrrl said...

How funny is this? I'm starting to ride again next month after years away from it...horses get in your blood and stay there, don't they?

July 28, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Hey - was just flipping through my sister's website, and came over some pictures you might enjoy - though none of your boy, they would appeal to your shepherding nature! Enjoy -

July 28, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

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