Houston, We Have Some Problems

This is Deputy Digby.  I only have one thing to say today.  Houston? We have some problems.  Actually, I still have more to say.  But I just wanted to say that.

Yesterday, we headed out of San Antonio, Texas and hoped with our paws crossed that we would make it to Galveston, Texas.  Nope, our Jeep still isn’t running, but the good thing? We could pull it behind the Big Blue Treat Wagon RV which is running for now…and worry about it later.  Some days, you can only take it one hour at a time.  Kinda like dogs do anyway.  And you should be more like a dog.  Just sayin.

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother
You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

As we drove thru Houston on our way to our next campsite, it became real obvious that we were in the city.  City folks we are not.  But you couldn’t help but to look up at all the buildings…especially since we had nothing else to do stuck in a traffic jam. Girl Person kinda lost it…but what is new about that? Sheriff Brickle? Not amused.

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk

As we were sitting in traffic, and not moving anywhere, I took a break from sleeping to think a little bit.  I had a little time, and well, I wondered why persons would decide to do this everyday.  Why would they drive their cars to sit on a road and be mad about it?  Didn’t make much sense to me.

So when something doesn’t seem to make much sense to me, Girl Person usually knows and tries to explain it to me…like The Alamo yesterday. She said that some people may like the city.  But other people may have to drive in a city or be in a city whether they want to or not.  She said that sometimes, people have jobs and they have to be certain places and drive or sit on the road and drive slow.  And she said that everyone is just trying to do one thing.  Stay alive in this world.

When she told it to me like that, I thought about our problems this past week of horrible cold and a broken down RV and a broken down Jeep.  To us, having at least one car working is important, because we will be stranded without groceries…which we still don’t have by the way. Sometimes, that day by day and hour by hour thing is just trying to stay alive.  And not hungry. Sardines are getting old though.  The persons were afraid to stop yesterday but are going to try and get some food today.

You know it’s all right, it’s okay
I’ll live to see another day


Everyone in this world is just trying to be happy I have come to understand.  Sometimes, a lot of work is put in to trying to be happy.  Sometimes, a lot of work is put in to just staying afloat.  Life can be hard.  Real hard.  Life can be cold.  Real cold.  And when you are in the midst of your own traffic jam, it can be hard to see past it and if it will ever get easier.  But as we got past the accident on the highway in Houston, we didn’t care about our own problems.  We just were worried about the ones in the accident.  Because you see…someone always has it worse.  We may have two broken down cars and one that we live in, but we know we can figure out a way to make it back to that Florida place.  To stay alive.

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother
You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

And at the end of the day, we made it to Galveston, Texas.  We get to see the ocean again this morning…and yep.  Sheriff Brickle got his picnic table.


Life may not always be easy, and it fact, sometimes, it is real hard.  But when you realize that the next hour may be better in the traffic jam of life…keep going.  And tell others you see working hard to make a living, or simply make it through their day with their own struggles that they can do it too! Even if they have a RV on its last leg and a broken down Jeep.

Houston? We may have some problems.  But they are nothing compared to Sheriff Brickle’s attitude.  We can do this!

Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’
And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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