This month, Lucinda Williams, one of my favorite musicians, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her self-titled first album, from which this song, “Side of the Road,” which I love, is from. I just wanted to play it for you.
Speaking of “side of the road,” I faced one of my big fears today: I drove to New Jersey and back (and I didn’t have to pull to the side of the road)! A friend of mine came with me this morning for moral support, and I drove through Brooklyn, Staten Island, NJ, and downtown Manhattan (including Chinatown at lunchtime, oy). I drove across scary bridges and through long, long tunnels, and around various road blocks and obstacles. And I survived! And now I can handle anything! Or, you know, just driving to NJ again, which I’m planning to do on Sunday — with Drew and Jackson in tow this time — when we go to our nephew’s birthday party in the ‘burbs.
Next on my list of fears to face is public speaking. I’m thinking some time in the next year I will do something that involves public speaking. And if I survive that, then next on my list is taking a 4-minute elevator ride, because seriously, is there anything scarier than that?