I’m terminal in the terminal

I have been traveling. Since I was diagnosed with ALS, I’ve been to NYC – twice, a “local” weekend retreat, and my big trip alone to Seattle and Portland.

What a hot day and night!

My mother-in-law Dot & me in the City!

They were all fabulous – and exhausting! I didn’t bring a camera for all of them. Sometimes it’s nice to just go experience travel and new places. Thankfully, I do have some cell phone pictures although they look like they were shot with a pinhole camera.

Joy on the deck of the Space Needle above Seattle, WA

Pike's Place Market in Seattle, WA

Joy Eats Voodoo doughnut in Portland, OR

Clearly, I had a great time. I admit, however, that I was terrified to travel by myself now that I am disabled or handicapped or whatever the damn term is. I kept stalling to get my tickets for Seattle because I just didn’t know how I would do it. For the most part people were watching out for me. It wasn’t always the airline staff. Chicago airport was not very speedy in getting me a wheelchair to my connecting flight on the way out and on the way back. The flight attendants were getting pissed off at these guys! I only had my walker broken on the way there but not on the way back. I still need to deal with the airlines for that. Apparently they charged me in Rochester a baggage fee when it should have been free!  Oh, and apparently if you take your handicap parking permit to Seattle, you can park anywhere for free! Is it like that everywhere? So much to learn! I was quite wiped out after all these trips so hopefully. I’ll be able to recover from the next one.

Checked off these from my Bucket List!

2. Visit my friend Michael on the West Coast.

10. Be a tourist in NYC. – I went to see a couple great plays on a hilarious road trip to NYC! And I finally saw the Statue of Liberty. She is awesome! Just an incredible architectural statue. Thanks, Dot for that gift!

Next up — December — Disney World!

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Images of Farmwork Fundraising Art Exhibit

Tonight! Come join us!

Muddy Waters Coffee House
53 Main Street
Geneseo, NY

I haven’t exhibited work since the day my 5 year old was born!

I have 4 matted & framed color prints (from FILM no less!): 2 are of grapes in the fall, one is called Mr. Scarecrow (he’s sitting next to a pumpkin) & the last is Key Limes from Key West. (None of these are on my website currently.)

Hopefully, I will be able to tweet from there. A coffee house should by today’s standards have free wifi, right?

Here’s some shots from the night:

Joy Parker in front of 4 Simple Joy's Photos

My friends Lynne & Gretchen have pieces in this same shot. Lynne’s is behind me (sorry!) and Gretchen’s are the 2 on the top left.

Art Opening with The Gang