Daryl – grrrrr….

Come ride with me, Daryl

Come ride with me, Daryl

That was a cougar growl. Forget Carol and dead Beth or come out of the closet – I am here in Texas. We love bikers (except in Waco – avoid Waco, Daryl.) What a complex character Daryl is. Is he gay or straight or bisexual? Whatever – he is gorgeous. It took me a couple of series to really warm up to him especially since he had a horrible brother.

I can empathize how a brutal upbringing can influence how you turn out. Merle, his brother, took the brunt of the beatings to help protect Daryl. This love softened both of them. I didn’t have a brutal childhood but at times it was neglectful and poverty stricken. It made me stronger and yet vulnerable; compassionate but pragmatic. Daryl has all of those qualities and is brave, too.

Through the apocalypse, he is the one who becomes more introverted when stressed rather than breaking down as Rick has done. He is here and yet not here. Sometimes I feel like that – when life feels very stressful I want to retreat to a solo vacation or just on a walk. Having a motorcycle essentially makes you a solo traveler unless you have a chick on the back – and Daryl rarely does that. I can’t ride a motorcycle (spinal condition and neuropathy) but I love driving alone. There is such a sense of freedom on the open road, especially in the countryside. It is easier without walkers…
So when you decide what team you bat for, Daryl, come look me up…

Waco Addendum

Okay, okay!! No more emails about violence in Waco, please. 🙂 For those of you who don’t watch the news, there was a biker shoot-out at Waco and 11 people were killed. Even the BBC news reported on it – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32783541 I was right outside that Twin Peaks bar and it was a perfectly nice, quiet shopping center with all the regular shops like Gap and Loft. Now we really know what the Texas Rangers do… These were rival biker gangs, fully immersed in organized crime and managed to just kill other gang members. The various law enforcement agencies knew that something was simmering and were on site to prevent innocent bystanders being killed. Poor old Waco – I suspect that they chose this area because it is the last place you would expect something to happen. I would still visit Waco in a second – it’s a lovely little city with some very strange visitors. When I read the BBC article it was like a scene from Breaking Bad – what!

Waco

bridges at waco What do you think about when you hear the name Waco? For most of us, we are taken back to the Waco Siege between a religious group, the Branch Davidians, and the FBI. This followed a gun battle between the group and the ATF. The compound was located outside the city of Waco, Texas. The tranquil scene above reflects my view of what I found in Waco. This is the Brazos River which intersects downtown Waco which is a quiet little university town undeserving of the unfortunate association with the Branch Davidians. Baylor University has a huge campus and there is a strange but fun mix of affluent, gifted students and regular Texan folks – all very friendly and warm. All my friends asked me why I was going on a road trip to Waco, out of all the places you could visit in Texas, but it had always intrigued me. The back road to Waco from Houston is a lovely route with so many beautiful wildflowers and polite drivers! I stopped at a pretty little town named Calvert that was perfect for antiquing and photography. Waco is home to the Texas Rangers museum which was astonishingly interesting and also the Dr. Pepper Museum. Cameron Park Zoo had some very obliging residents who posed so nicely for me. Click on the link to learn more about Waco and see some cute critters. POSTCARD FROM WACO – click here