1975 - It Was a Very Good Year!
In the winter of 1975, I boarded a Greyhound Bus with minimal luggage and the Hoover vacuum cleaner that my Grandmother had gifted me when I got my first apartment.
Easter week, April 1974, my father passed away. He had told me that if I wasn't planning on getting married and settling down in Indianapolis, Indiana that I should move as far away as I could. My dad had traveled the world, and I never believed that the midwest was really his cup of tea. I figured out that it wasn't mine either.
So that next year after daddy died, I turned 21 in February, and in March, with 9 inches of snow on the ground and nothing to hold me to Indianapolis, I bought a 30-day Greyhound Bus Ameripass for around 70 bucks and headed West to Los Angeles, California.
That was 34 years ago, and although I have returned for visits, I never moved back. I'm no longer in Santa Monica where I first started in my California journey, but I'm still here in Southern California - in "The O.C."
The above 6" x 6" gallery-wrapped canvas was created by my friend Linda Bucci and gifted to me as a Mother's Day gift. I swear, that Greyhound bus is the same make and model I was on for 2 1/2 days back in '75. And the Hoover? Oh yeah, that's the one :)
Thank you again Linda for such a personal and thoughtfully created gift! And thank you (and of course your wonderful husband, Bob) for "The Best Burger" dinner last night at your home! XOXO