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Tangerine Dream Part III: Man with Non-Descript Accent

Updated on October 2, 2013

No turning back now

Initially, his rush to take a sabbatical was the result of a dare. He had talked the talk. Now he had to walk the walk if he was to be taken seriously by the young and beautiful exotic dancer who had recently moved into his building and had immediately stolen his heart. He had no choice. He must go find himself before his infatuation got out of hand. He needed fresh air, space, darkness, a chance to get a decent night’s sleep.

So many times he toyed with the idea of turning back. Not taking the chance. Returning home and coasting as he had coasted for so long. A lifetime of experiences had taught him this too will pass, but he had not wanted this to pass. Something in him that had been dormant had awoken and tirelessly stirred his restless heart. He needed to know if what he was feeling was indeed real before he threw all caution to the wind.

At each bus change, he had thought how much easier it would be to just take the next bus back home and forget this ridiculousness once and for all. But at each opportunity, somehow, he had resisted returning to his cozy apartment in the city and had continued to travel the 28 hours it was going to take for him to reach his chance at convalescence. He was going to walk the walk…even if that meant walking the last 100 miles to his destination: a small cabin snuggled alongside The Blue Ridge Parkway.

He sat on the park bench with his quickly gathered belongings outside of the bus station, which had closed shortly after his Greyhound had arrived. He had thought this was definitely a sign he had left the city and the 24/7 transit he depended on and knew so well. He looked at the street in front of him and noticed how there were so few people around. This downtown looked nothing like the one he had left. On his city street, there were always noises. He flipped open his cell phone to check the time. She had told him she would come and pick him up. That she would not have him hitch-hiking up and down and all around country roads where one often meets himself in the next curve, where there are no guard rails or places to go except down the sides of mountains into unfamiliar ravine. While he was ready to finally reach his destination and rest, he was unsure about what to expect regarding his host. He had only met her a few months ago over the internet. They had talked a few times on the telephone, but this would be the first meeting face to face. In order to visit, he had provided her with his curriculum vitae and as much information as possible for she had told him how her clan were quite suspicious of strangers and especially those from some city faraway. He had asked her if she was afraid. “I know I should be, but for some reason, I am not,” had been her answer.

Finally, the plans were set and here he sat: waiting, thinking about his loving wife, the exotic dancer and the woman without a face.

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Tangerine Dream "Love On A Real Train"

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      Viacheslav 2 years ago

      Amy,If you found someone that nedeed it to complete a bed you might get as much as fifty dollars. No dealer that I am aware of would bother putting it in stock owing to the extremely limited market. You should go to Google Images and search “Simmons bed spring”. One or more might turn up and might have some dollar information connected. The spring is probably 60-80 years old and made so well that it is still useful. You can put a zippered cover over it for cleanliness and use it as a box spring.Good Luck,Marshall

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      Millie 2 years ago

      You colnud't pay me to ignore these posts!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      And your willingness to do so is greatly appreciated.

      Kim

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good work in this continuing saga Kim......onward and upward I go.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I appreciate your willingness to read on.

      Kim

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I agree completely with what Romeo said about your writing skills and not to worry about hubscores . . . and the saga goes on! love the music and videos

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your willingness to go the distance.

      Kim

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love getting the man's thoughts and side of this story. Again, I love the paintings and the videos of this story. On to Part IV.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear RQ,

      I appreciate the comment about cohesion and flow. I worked really hard on creating smooth transitions.

      Glad to see that there are few of us still left with some span of attention.

      Smiles.

      Kind Regards to you my friend,

      Kim

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dear Kim,

      Forget Hubscores....the quality of your writing is all that really matters - numbers fluctuate, but the quality of your piece will always remain paramount with your readers.

      Your writing is very cohesive and flows quite well, and am looking forward to reading right up until the end in Part VI. :)

      Kind Regards,

      R.Q.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Many thanks over and over again. How much it means to me when one so prolific as yourself offers me support.

      Thank you for being YOU!

      Kim

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Absolutely love reading your Tangerine dreams. Looking forward to more. Passing this on.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Jamie. I needed to hear that. You are so special!

      Kim

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Kim, I don't think you should ever let those silly hubscore inhibit your creative process. It seems to me that you should worry more on writing as much as you can when you can about whatever pleases you. Jamie

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Jamie,

      I know it should not matter, but it seems that each time I add on another part, my hub score drops another point. Thus, your kind words and encouragement mean more than you will ever know.

      Kim

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      I am ready for more! Love the title so much. Jamie