Gotta Re-Even Re-Post–“London Bridge Has Fallen Down; Now I Know Why”

When I was working in Basra my gig allowed two weeks R&R every two months or so. Sounds like a deal, eh? Well yes it was. Be aware however, we worked seven days a week, ten hours a day. NO days off. So do the math; we earned it. And of course we were getting shelled and rocketed and mortared regularly.

I had a stateside girlfriend back then. Actually more friend than girl. Rather platonic relationship, but we were ‘Buds’ and I loved her dearly. (Still do) And we went way back.

It was agreed by us both that once I went to Iraq we would spend our (my) R&R’s together. I flew her to Barcelona, Athens, Italy, and finally London. (She made all the arrangements. All I had to do was show up) Too easy for me.

Mid 2006 we met in London. I was ‘cacked out’ (Lenny Bruce vernacular). Worn out. Plumb tuckered. Tired. Damn tired. Spent.

R&R London

Click Me: This Was My London

She was of course not. Now mind you, this woman had been all over Europe already. London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Berlin, Athens… well, she was rich. Catch my drift? I had seen quite a lot of Europe my own damn self. Did not hold much magic for me.

All I really wanted was some ‘down time.’

Bless her heart (and this speaks volumes of our great friendship), she let me do what I wanted, which basically meant I could sit in the flat she had arranged for us in downtown London and drink Beefeater while watching movies and smoking Marlboro’s and ranting at the current state of affairs in Iraq.

After a few days she did manage to get me out of the flat for a walk-about. We went to Buckingham Palace (one day shot there)

We went to the British Museum; saw the Rosetta stone. Another day gone.

“Lance that’s the Rosetta Stone.”

“Yep, that’s cool. What’s it say?”

“It says, ‘Shut up Lance'”

Had some fish ‘n’ chips (I preferred Long John Silvers, but that is just what an asshole I am)

Rode the Tube. (I prefer Le Metro in Paris, but what the hell)

And various other exhausting  exhilarating  excursions.

“About three days before we were to part: me back to The Sandbox; she back to Texas, she asked me, “Lance, isn’t there any place in London you would like to see?”

“Yeah, as a matter of fact, there is. I wanna go down to Marble Arch Station.”

“Whaaat?” she said.

“Yeah. Marble Arch Station.”

West End of London, England, United Kingdom

“That is a Tube Station.”

“Yeah, I know.”

“Why on Earth…”

“Because it belongs to Gary P. Nunn and Jerry Jeff Walker. And Texas.”

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London Homesick Blues

She acquiesced and off we went. Got there and I had a salutary beer to J.J. Walker and Gary P. Nunn. Then I was happy and pronounced my R&R a successful bit of Rest and Relaxation.

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“Well I decided that

I’d get my cowboy hat

And go down to Marble Arch Station…”

Went back to the flat and had a few gin and tonics and lived happily ever after.

“R&R” means that: Rest and Relax and do whatever the hell you want. London could wait… until I came back the next time.

Good God!

I MISS Texas!

3 thoughts on “Gotta Re-Even Re-Post–“London Bridge Has Fallen Down; Now I Know Why”

  1. “While I was working in Basra…” Not too many folks I know can start off a message like that.

    Then again, strange things do happen. While in Saigon I left a message with Kevin in Tokyo that “if you are in the area holler at me”. We both traveled a lot. Sho ’nuff, he called the hotel and was at another hotel down the street. Ended up at a comedy club and several bars. Not every day you accidentally run into a buddy while wandering around Saigon.

  2. Oh yes, London and Gary P – inextricably linked for those who “know why”. Viva Terlingua!

    After I left Tokyo and moved back to USA (first to Memphis, then to Dallas) I was going to London every quarter. Meanwhile, my friend Beth from Tokyo had moved to London and had a 2 BR house just off Kings Road in Chelsea. Tired of paying extortionate London hotel rates, I managed to rent Beth’s upstairs BR for less than the price of a week in a hotel room. Was great! Kept a couple suits and other clothes there, and packed light for the back & forth. One time Beth took off for Sri Lanka, so it was just me at the house. So I gathered up some of my Tokyo buddies that had also moved to London. A party ensued. One was a chef in Hammersmith, so he was the cook for the night. There was a Tesco for provisions and a Oddbins for booze within a 2 minute walk. We cranked up the Texas music (I had a stack of playlist CD’s at Beth’s house and she was a UT grad). Yep, Gary P Nunn was well represented on that CD!!

    Beefeater is one of my “go-to” gins. Plymouth is my martini gin of choice.

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