Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Beginnings

= This is the final post on the Old Blue Bus. =

A New Year is upon us. The fresh calendar on the wall holds promise for a better year. Here on the Bus, the new year brings a long awaited change.

In the coming weeks we will be moving to our new homestead. Our new home and acreage is located on a hilltop, surrounded by hardwood forest and just a quarter mile off the paved road. Several acres are cleared and awaiting spring planting, and although there are several outbuildings on the property, I will have to build a chicken coop to house the chicks the Mrs. has ordered.

Due to the new chores added to my already overbooked schedule, I do not foresee having the time to continue posting on the Bus. It was not an easy decision to come to. I have enjoyed the musical travels aboard the Old Blue Bus and the many friends that have jumped aboard and made the journey so satisfying. This cyber version of the Old Blue Bus first left the depot in August, 2005 under the influence of some dear old friends who remember when the original Old Blue Bus was my rolling home. The fine music, good conversation, and cherished friendships that made living in my original Bus such a wonderful experience have grown to worldwide portions on this web-based model.

Thanks to all of the riders on the Bus for making this journey such a rewarding endeavor. The friends that I have made along this journey are as dear to me as any. I will miss the friendly exchanges of ideas and information, the heartfelt support, and stimulating conversation that has filled the comments of this blog.

Y'all take care.

Video: Woody Guthrie - So Long It's Been Good To Know You

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." ~Benjamin Franklin


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck, you've provided us with some great insight and material.

Have you thought of just suspending the contributions for a while vs. the ultimate cutting of the cord, which can't be reversed?

Even if you went away for a year, that would be cool.

Congrats, and hope you have a great 2009 - you deserve it.

January 04, 2009 11:52 PM  
Blogger Minerva said...

Congrats on your decision. Hope you enjoy your new pastures.
You come back sometime .. regards Lynne

January 05, 2009 1:10 AM  
Anonymous rockin'n'rollin said...

Goodbye, bus!

January 05, 2009 5:26 AM  
Blogger Ramone666 said...

Thanks man, your blog was much appreciated here. Hate to see it go. Good luck!

January 05, 2009 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Ed, I'm happy that things are working out well for you and, in a perverse sort of logical inversion, kinda glad that you're gonna have so much on your plate that we're gonna have to get used to missing your insights, musical history lessons, and friendly banter ... Best of luck to you and the Ms as you travel on down the rutted road of this li'l adventure we loosely refer to as 'life' ...

January 05, 2009 12:09 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Sorry to see you pull the Bus off the road Ed, but you've certainly earned a respite. Your new home sounds wonderful and I wish you all the best there. Stay in touch and drop byEnchilada's Salon once in awhile! Yous in Swing (and folk, and blues, and roots, and....) always!-- Greg

January 05, 2009 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all I can say is thanks bud.
the bus the bus was a great ride
the 2nd time around.


January 05, 2009 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joey said it, thanks for the second time around. I greatly enjoyed both, this cyber ride, and the times we had on the original blue bus. Please stay in touch. I don't want to have to look you in another twenty years.


January 05, 2009 6:20 PM  
Blogger JugMan said...

Just like Woody says

"So Long It's Been Good To Know Ya"

The JugMan

January 05, 2009 6:38 PM  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Cheers for your efforts Ed. Be careful with what kind of seeds you plant down there in Franklin County.

January 05, 2009 9:31 PM  
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January 07, 2009 1:19 AM  
Anonymous blackdogteatro said...

Ed !
Ever since the Ray Spoon post, I suspected as much. Yes, this was a real nice pilgrimage and yes, I have learned quite a lot about my American roots. You're generous talent has been well appreciated. Mille merci. The OBBus, better than Greyhound and the only way to travel. And if memory has its' way with us, let's just say it's hard to keep a good memory down.

All the best to you and Mrs Ed. And when the chickens are in and the tomatoes planted, know that you're always welcome at the theater in vituel or in real time in Franceland.
The Santana tune says :
Hoy es adios
Manana quizas...
And the everlovin' Ray Spoon, Looking for a new song,

ciao amigo,
all thoughts fly... k.

January 07, 2009 6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn. I really like your blog and your taste in music and images.

I am going to miss the Old Blue Bus.

But I will retain the link and check back periodically just in case you change your mind...

Ed Dawson

January 07, 2009 11:01 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Thanks for some great music and thoughtful comment. Best of luck in everything from hereon in.


January 07, 2009 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes with your new homestead, Ed.

It's been a pleasure reading your blog.

I once accused you of living the life I ought to be living. And I stand by that. I think that, had we met in person, we might well have become friends.

ave atque vale
Jack (Oz)

January 07, 2009 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Ray said...

Thanks and best wishes. It's been fun.


January 09, 2009 3:46 AM  
Blogger kjk said...

Ed, Best of wishes. From your writing and thoughts, I know you don't need me to tell you to enjoy your new life for all it is worth. Your writing, your music, and my fellow riders have been a shiny light on the hill back when I needed it most. I will never forget that. kjk

January 12, 2009 8:53 AM  
Blogger pineyflatwoodsgirl said...

Wait, don't go!

But it has been a wonderful ride. You deserve to take a different road. Thanks for the inspiration,,,Love, harpgirl

January 12, 2009 9:03 AM  
Blogger Canajun said...

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January 14, 2009 7:02 PM  
Blogger Canajun said...

Sad to see you go, but thank you for all the great posts and great music. You'll be missed.

Goo dluck!

January 14, 2009 7:05 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Well, they always say all good things must come to an end but I really hate to see this come to an end. Best of luck to you and yours Ed, and thanks for sharing so much with us.

January 17, 2009 7:32 AM  
Anonymous john said...

Thanks for all the interesting posts and commentaries.
I'll miss The Bus but still have your e-mail address, so I'll keep in touch.


January 17, 2009 11:51 AM  
Anonymous dan said...

Although we've never met, I feel as though I've lost a dear friend. But I understand. Our lives take twists and turns. As a retired teacher, thanks for the musical education. When one door closes, another opens... You'll always have the key to this door, should you decide to reopen it. All the best!

January 22, 2009 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Colonel Tom said...

Best of Luck with the new digs!
I always enjoyed the music and the musings. It's so great to see that what might be considered a cool medium (ie internet) can provide such warm offereings.
Cheers from Canada!

January 23, 2009 2:00 PM  
Blogger Darcy said...

Thanks for your insights into your life in Virginia and for introducing me to some wonderful music.

It was a gentle ride and always a pleasure.

Best wishes to you and the family for the future. You have some hard word ahead by the sounds of things but I'm sure it will be very rewarding.

I'm sure you will keep the old blue bus' engine turning over and who knows? maybe it will come out of the garage again one day.

January 25, 2009 5:07 PM  

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