Travel is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it’s the friendships I make, strengthen, renew and share that are the most special and cherished for me.
This trip is no exception. We started it with a bang-up stop in Dallas to see our buddy, Potsie. Pots and I met online almost six years ago—no I wasn’t two-timing on Poor John—on a cookery website.
It took about two minutes to figure out that we shared a wicked and sassy sense of humour. Soon we were causing mayhem as we marauded across the cooking site. Talk about a pair of disruptive, albeit entertaining, forces.
We popped in to see Potsie in Dallas in 2009, when we were on our way to Africa for a year. That’s when I realized he was an accomplished maker of Southern US food and probably Dame Edna Everage’s biggest fan.
Potsie’s big claim to fame—he gave hubby his downtrodden name. I think it was just after Poor John and I jumped out of an airplane to go skydiving in Namibia, that Potsie, along with my sister, Susan, started asking ‘and how is Poor John doing?’. Trust me folks, I don’t MAKE him do this stuff.
Anyway, we had a wonderful stay in Dallas. Saw the Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum, the cattle drive in Pioneer Plaza, the Old Red Museum, the scene of JFK’s shooting and much more. We also ate very, very well!
Thanks Pots. Hope you enjoy the Dame Edna goodies!
In case you don’t know, Dame Edna is an Australian institution. She rose from being a simple housewife from Moonee Ponds, Victoria, to being a super megastar. We brought Potsie one of her aprons, a strip of commemorative stamps and a first-day cover. Potsie framed the stamps in style, complete with lots of purple and some flashy eyeglasses. Dame Edna would approve.
As an aside, Barry Humphries and his alter egos are making an Eat, Pray, Laugh farewell tour in Australia and New Zealand. It ends in February 2013. See it if you can.