Sometimes, the road fails a broad.
A weekend excursion to a Houston‐area arts market beckoned. A knee‐high pile of to-do’s flashed yellow. Is this really what you need to be doing today?
I printed a cursory Google map—home to market—and announced, “we’re set.”
We parked at the recommended parking garage—free parking! I turned us left onto the street, chatting like a bird as I followed my phone’s blue line.
Ten minutes later, DH‐with‐the‐built‐in‐satellite‐dish‐in‐his‐head asked, “We’ve been walking a long way for the short walk you promised.”
We were 10 minutes in the wrong direction.
Twenty minutes after we began, we spied the art market.
And spotted a block‐long row of walk‐this‐way cones.
But the power saw laying on the concrete only ten steps later?
Across the street—where the multi‐colored tents stand—we found one food truck for the multiples promised on the website.
The art was well, bleh!
That’s tough truth coming from a woman who loves to support local artists. None of it—acrylic paintings, drop earrings, and enlarged photographs—was what either of us wanted, needed, or craved.
Sometimes a single piece of art can turn around a moment‐in‐time.
Turning to my right, I spied something to widen that smile.
The wall’s simple, powerful message bettered an entire day. A fierce reminder for each of us, if we choose to see it.
Leaving the art market, we spotted a heretofore hidden parking lot across the street. One left turn and 30 seconds later, we stood before our car. Well, duh!
DH mentioned hunger. 2:30 in the afternoon. He chose a burger bar nearby for linner—as in a lunch/dinner combo. It was millennial‐loud. He ate what they advertised. I chose greens
We reviewed how south the excursion had gone. How do you rescue a Road Trip Gone Bad? We embraced four learnings:
Rescue your Emotions. Slow down.
Revise your Map. Double‐check details.
Reorganize your Agenda. Get flexible.
Return to your Passions. Find new haunts.
To close the day, we relaunched with that last learning. A final round of googling and we discovered a rebranded tea bar. There, we read novels for the rest of the afternoon.
Delicious details on that part of this road trip next Sunday. And it’s a first.
A to‐be‐continued blog post.