Adventures in Dallas Part 2: Stranded

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
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Trip End Sep 08, 2008


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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Amma programs were over and I was outside the program hall with my luggage and guitar still trying to find a ride to the next venue in Coralville, Iowa. Messages placed on the travel exchange on the Amma.org site and at the program venue did not glean any results. The person I rode with from Albuquerque did not have room for me on this leg of the journey. (very small car). A tip from a friend came to me about someone with a rental car who was going down and I put efforts into contacting her while still trying to pursue other options.

The crowd was thinning out and still not much progress. The snack bar people were selling the remaining snacks and were packing up their equipment. Eventually they left and I went down to the hotel lobby to research train, bus, and airfares. It was slow going. Eventually, I heard from the woman who ostensibly had a rental car but was only *thinking* of renting one it turned out and because she was tired after Devi Bhava she just decided to sleep in and go back to Albuquerque. My hopes fell.

My hopes were revived however when this Hindu man came out of the blue and started talking to me, asking me about my travels, and intentions. I outlined my journey since San Ramon and my intention to go to Iowa to do more seva at the programs there. He then gave me a sizable cash donation. I expressed profuse gratitude to him and to Amma and sighed a big sigh of relief.

Research into alternate transportation continued in earnest. I eventually found out about a greyhound that was going to Iowa and it was at a good price but by the time I found out about it I only had 30 minutes to get to the bus station and I didn't even know where it was!

The crowd had pretty much thinned out now and it was just a few straggler devotees here and there who when asked did not have room in their vehicles, were not driving, or were not going to Iowa.

What had once been a lively hotel filled with people, conversation, music, and all kinds of activity had now been transformed into a mausoleum. It got very quiet and I knew I had to make some decisions. I tried and tried to reach people in the area who were connected with the Amma program in some way including the person I had stayed with during the programs, but no go. I also contacted friends in North Carolina who had friends or relatives in Dallas, but no go. No response from anybody.

I've found in life that its sometimes OK to give up. This was one of those times. I simply went to the bar at the hotel and requested a meal and sat down with my Amma doll to eat. After the meal I went back on-line an researched cheap hotels. I called the super 8 and reserved a room. The hotel staff was very kind and arranged a shuttle to take me and all my baggage to the cheap hotel. I arrived at the new hotel and proceeded to check in when I realized something very profound: the shuttle had dropped me off at the motel 6 not the super 8!!

This was not a bad thing as it turned out as the motel 6 was $10.00 cheaper per nite! I checked in, took a hot shower, got in the bed and passed out. Exhausted.

The next day I got up and decided to work toward going to the next program in Chicago which was a couple of days away. Now, if you like to eat being stranded in Addison, Tx is not a bad thing. This place is like the restaurant capitol of  Texas. The mayor even mentioned Addison and its restaurants when welcoming Amma to Texas.

I ate at the Pei Wei Chinese restaurant which was very similar to Doc Chey's in Asheville, NC. I had a good tofu noodle bowl and some orange spice iced tea. I had fun walking around the Texas sun was not too bad that morning and it was neat seeing all the tons of restaurants and shops. I eventually found a place to buy sunglasses and even a music shop where I got some badly needed guitar strings.

At night I ate at the clay pit a very interesting Indian restaurant. I got an Indian pizza there. Thats right pizza! It was Indian vegetables with cheese on naan bread. Delicious and affordable.

The next day I ate at an exceptionally fine Thai restaurant called the Thai Orchid where I got a thai basil vegetarian curry with tofu. Very flavorful with iced tea and later some delicious green tea ice cream.

By this time I was getting the trip to Chicago figured out. I called the city bus people and the greyhound folks and got the info I needed. I checked out of the hotel and proceeded to the city bus stop which would take me into Dallas. I stopped by for lunch at Snuffers which was a loud restaurant and sports bar with wide screen TV's on every wall. They had some great cheddar fries and a quisidilla that was out of this world. All the waitresses were cute and all wore the same black eyeliner. I stuffed myself there and as it turned out this was a good thing. Yes, on rare occasions like this gluttony is a good thing, because as I was to discover later good food (or any food for that matter) is difficult to find when traveling on the greyhound.

After Snuffer's I got on the city bus from Addison, to the greyhound station in downtown Dallas. I might add that I made it all this way on $1.50! Addison to Dallas by bus for only $1.50. Wow!

In retrospect the being stranded experience while definitely filled with anxiety initially turned out to actually be fun in the end. I give thanks to Amma who I felt had an eye on me all along and was working to help buffer and make easier an experience that could have turned out much differently.

Jai Ma! Eager to put Texas behind me I headed for my destiny in Chicago.
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