Tried To Leave Texas But Didn’t Quite Make It

Today was day one of our one-way trip to a new life in New Jersey. The plan was to leave Frisco bright and early this morning, but as I explained numerous times today (in answer to the inevitable “You’re still here???”) for the Locke family, “bright and early” means any time before the sun sets.

So after trips to the church, the bank, the post-office, Chic-Filet, Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Sonic, church (again), Petsmart, and finally Carmax (where I paid 1.5K for the privilege of selling my beloved but upside-down Chevy Cobalt), we finally left town at about 5:30pm.

We made it as far as Texarkana, where I write (with my deft thumbs on my cell phone) from a LaQuinta hotel room, the kids sound asleep and Amy not too far behind.

Tomorrow I attempt something no one has ever dared before: removing my passionately Texan wife from her country. It may take my in-laws awhile to forgive me, although I’ve heard that while you can take the girl out of Texas, you can’t take Texas out of the girl.

Nevertheless, we are *finally* on the road. We even got our new address today, so if you want it, drop me a comment, and I’ll email it to you. More adventures still to come…

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5 Responses to Tried To Leave Texas But Didn’t Quite Make It

  1. Jodi says:

    Hi, Neal, hope your travels go well. Thanks for the get-together with the Sunset crowd and I hope you didn’t mind me hassling you about your T-shirt! 😉 By the way, I tried to update my blog and couldn’t access it–is there any way I can move it back to my old blogspot site? Obviously there’s no hurry, considering it’s been many, many months since I updated it last.

    Your kids are precious. I wish Wesley could have seen Grady once more before you left. 🙁

  2. Ginger says:

    Neal, Am so sad that you guys are leaving, especially now that I have a little Jack to share with everyone. BUT at the same time, life experiences are necessary and wonderful, even if those eperiences don’t take place in Texas (!). 🙂
    Please do send your new address to me!

  3. I'd like the new Locke address. Happy travels amigo.

  4. Mom says:

    Glad you are making steady progress. Please let me know when you arrive. I would like your address. I’m in Arizona with your grandparents.
    Be safe.
    Love you,

  5. anniem says:

    Happy travels, friends! We have a cold brew ready for you at the other end of the road.

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