While traveling across the USA, I picked up Bob Seger’s Greatest Hits. I already knew “Turn the Page”, having discovered it after listening to the cover by Metallica. On this cd, track number 6 is “Still the Same.” The song really moves me. In terms of storytelling, it does a brilliant job of painting visuals in your head.
Something tragic and raw about it, about the nature of life, even though it’s just about a gambler. I guess what gets me is it’s talking about the darker habits that we all stay stuck in, those patterns that make us human. I visualize that gambling character from X-men origins, Gambit, the casinos, that superficial charm that some people have and the narrator’s realization that its all a facade, that even though he considers the guy his friend he knows he’ll never break down that wall. So good.
This was drawn at Bear Lake Campground in Florida, a nice place to be. Friendly people, and long walking path around the lake. The weather quickly gets cold as you travel north, so the sunshine in the Sunshine State is a thing to appreciate.
A few months ago I purchased an old church bus, a 2003 Ford E450. After stripping out the seats, installing a bed, a desk, and a drawing table, I hit the road with my dog. The intention was to drive all the way to California, but about 100 miles east of Dallas, Texas, the coronavirus really took off. I reluctantly turned back and headed back home to Georgia, where the weather is still quite pleasant on most days. But it doesn’t surpass the Florida weather.