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Well, as the saga of my trip to Houston continues . . . (I’m staying in a weekly rate hotel on the southeast end of Houston only about 30 miles from Galveston), I got to thinking about a man I met briefly when I stayed at the Red Roof Inn near Katy, TX, this past Sunday night. I met him and his adult daughter in the lobby as they were checking in while I was trying to decide whether or not to stay there for the night (I’m trying to keep my costs at a minimum on this trip as I have had no income since my unemployment checks ended in May 2011).

Anyway, this man’s daughter started talking to me and telling me what a great guy her dad is and she went on for several minutes (I took it to mean that he is currently single and unattached). He was at the counter checking in and wasn’t a part of our conversation. She said it just seems like he never meets the right kind of women. I thought the whole conversation was adorably cute at how she wanted to help her dad out in the dating arena. As I looked at him at the counter, I thought he must be around my age. His back was to me most of the time. When he was done checking in they went out to their vehicle to get their luggage and I was still standing in the lobby trying to make a decision as to whether or not to stay there for the night.

Their room was on the second floor, and when they came back down I was still in the lobby. She made a little more conversation with me and asked for my phone number. Since we were complete strangers I didn’t feel good about giving it to her, so I didn’t. They went back out and got into their vehicle (I assume to go find dinner somewhere as I overheard a brief part of their conversation on the way out). I told the guy behind the counter that I was going to look a little more before deciding to stay there to see if I could find a cheaper place and then walked out the door to get in my car.

This man and his daughter were sitting in their vehicle when I walked out and it was parked two spaces over from my car. My eye caught his so I walked over and got into a conversation with him. He seemed a bit shy at first but he had the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen on a man. His daughter has those same exact eyes as I noticed them right away when she was talking with me earlier in the lobby.

We exchanged the normal pleasantries of two people who had just met. They came from Louisiana and he mentioned that he was a logger. His daughter told me earlier in the lobby that he had formerly been a pastor, but he didn’t mention that in our conversation. I told him a very brief version of my story and how I happened to be in Houston again for a week or so looking for work and that I came here from Florida. I told him I had lived in Houston for a year back in September 2008 – September 2009 and lost the job that I moved to Houston for and returned to Florida at the end of my apartment lease. I said I was still unemployed after all this time and that I came back to Houston as I couldn’t find a job in Florida after three years and Houston owed me a second chance. Okay, I didn’t say it quite like that but I did say I liked Houston very much and would like to give it a second chance.

As we ended our conversation I mentioned I was going to keep looking for a cheaper room and he said I probably wouldn’t find one any cheaper and that the gas I wasted looking for one would make up for any cheaper room I might find. I laughed and said that was probably true and that I might be back here after looking a little farther down the road. As I lingered looking at him (he had those incredibly beautiful blue eyes and reddish hair), I felt something catch in my stomach–something that told me that maybe in another place and another situation I would like to get to know this man. We parted and I headed down the road where I didn’t find a cheaper place to stay (thus wasting gas–just a little humor) and I ended up coming back to the Red Roof Inn to stay the night. I didn’t see him and his daughter again.

The next morning I wrote my blog post titled While You See A Chance in my hotel room about my adventure of driving to Houston and my hope of finding employment after all of this time. I love that song by Steve Winwood–While You See A Chance (click link to listen to YouTube video)–and I was thinking of the “chance” I was taking driving all this way to Houston to find employment, but now that my first week in Houston is about to end, I think my “chance” was really meeting him. After all, that song is really about finding romance . . . .

When you see a chance, take it
To find romance
When you see a chance, take it
To find romance . . . .

I don’t know if on a happen-chance we will ever meet again. God has a way of doing the most amazing things, so even though I don’t know hardly anything about him, I have no doubt that if it is meant to be, it will happen. I can’t remember if we exchanged names (I was incredibly tired after driving 17 hours from Florida and trying to function with no sleep in the past 36+ hours), so I just call him “Red” every time I think of him. I wonder where he is and what he’s doing right now . . . .

It’s been years and years since I have had a romantic thought quite like that about a man. When I came to Houston in September 2008 to start that ill fated job, there was a man who seemed very interested in me at my place of employment and he came around to my office to say hi every two weeks or so during the fall, and while my fondness for him was growing from his brief visits, nothing came of it and it died (primarily because I lost my job just under seven months after being hired and I never saw him again). But this time is different. I have no qualms about what I felt for “Red.”

Who knows . . . (well, God knows). One of my mother’s favorite verses was I John 5:14-15“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” So, I’ve asked . . . .

I’ll be heading back to Florida on Wednesday (that’s when the week ends on my weekly rate hotel room). Of course, I don’t know that for sure as I just take things one day at a time. But I think I found what I was looking for on this trip to Houston. I just didn’t know it at the time.

So, I’m going to Rock Steady (hmmmm, sounds like an Aretha Franklin song–see words and YouTube Video below) and see what happens next . . .

Rock steady baby!
That’s what I feel now
Let’s call this song exactly what it is

Step n’ move your hips
With a feelin’ from side to side
Sit yourself down in your car
And take a ride

And while you’re movin’
Rock steady
Rock steady baby
Let’s call this song exactly what it is
(What it is -what it is – what it is)

It’s a funky and low down feelin’
(What it is)
In my hips from left to right
(What it is)
What it is
Is I might be doin’
(What it is)
This funky dance all night
Oh!
(Let me hear ya gotta feelin’ in the air)
Oh!
(Gotta a feelin’ an ain’t got a care)
Oh!
(What fun to take this ride
Rock steady will only slide)

Rock steady…….. rock steady baby
Rock steady…….. rock steady baby

Step and move your hips
With a feelin’ from side to side
Sit yourself down in your car
And take a ride
While you’re movin’ rock steady
Rock steady

Let’s call this song exactly what it is
(What it is -what it is – what it is)
It’s a funky and low down feelin’
(What it is)
In my hips from left to right
(What it is)
What it is – is I might be doin’
(What it is)
This funky dance all night
Oooooooooooooh
(Wave your hands up in the air
Got the feelin’ an ain’t got a care)
Oooooooooooooh
(What fun to take this ride)
(Rock steady will only slide)

Rock steady baby
Rock steady… woo!
Rock steady

(Rock…. steady!… rock… steady!)

(What it is)
It’s a funky and low down feelin’
(What it is)
In my hips from left and right
(What it is)
What it is
Is I might be doin’
This funky dance all night

Oooooooooooooh
(Wave your hands up in the air)
Oooooooooooooh
(Got a feelin’ an ain’t got a care)
Oooooooooooooh
(What fun to take this ride)
Oooooooooooooh
(Rock steady will only slide)

Rock steady
Steady it baby!
Rock….rock steady baby

YouTube Video: “Rock Steady” by Aretha Franklin (1971):

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