Wed
Aug 29 2007
12:28 am
By: Insider

It's midnight plus 17 minutes. Could be the caffeine; could be the full moon. I should be sleeping.

I'm not.

It's not a concern. I know I'll sleep soon enough. For now, I'm content to own the night. I've been watching a YouTube clip of America playing Ventura Highway. It's a 2001 concert, and Dewey and the boys have held up well.

I've run through the clip several times, and I keep hitting the replay button.

Ventura Highway is an anthem for restless people.

It's my anthem.

'Cause a free wind is blowing through your hair ....

When I was young, I used to slip out of the house late at night just to feel the cool breeze make its way up from the river to the ridge. I drew the blanket of darkness around me and listened to the land breathe. Inhale -- the distant sound of a dog barking. Exhale -- the drone of a plane.

Darkness made things go away; unimportant things like distance and difference. All things are closer in darkness where the miles and milestones fade to black. Differences dissolve. I am comfortable in the night.

On those nights, I knew I would be leaving.

I was different.

Most of the people I knew then weren't going anywhere and had long ago accepted it. Their lives would be like the stale air inside the house from which I'd escaped.

Outside in the darkness, I would sit alone and think about where I might go someday. I made no plans because knowing a road lay ahead was plan enough.

When I began to live life in earnest, I became hooked on the journey. And so I kept going.

It's years later, and I have slowed. I am more inclined now to put down roots.

Then a night like this hits, and I wonder.

Tell me, how long you gonna stay here, Joe?

Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley had it right went they headed off down Ventura Highway.

The nights are stronger than moonshine.

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