So I did the only sensible thing there was to do. Came home, and took a nap. I was simply exhausted from too much turmoil. Woke up, had a sandwich and tried to consider all my options. There’s a pretty good chance we will not have our nine-month planned and paid for trip to Germany and Portugal next Thursday. That means no artist residency as well. Yeah, I am bummed. Really bummed. It has not happened yet but seems likely. So I have a credit card (with about $197.00 on it) and a car. What to do? Thought of going to the airport and just having them book me on a flight to anywhere that can get me out of here, but that could be strategically ridiculous, altho adventurous and potentially expensive. I could take some pain pills and just try to endure the major hit and sleep in 'til the EMTs come…except apparently there won’t be any available for days. Woops! That ain’t gonna work.
Finally I realized I have to be a mature adult about this and figure out an escape route. I already knew that hotels in Augusta were booked to the max so I couldn’t go back there. Tried a couple other cities within driving distance (that sounded like I could pass 3 or 4 days in a fun kinda way). This included Athens, and Asheville…all booked. Then I remembered that years ago Tricia and I had a great weekend in Columbia, SC. Tried that and booked a Wyndham generic room with WI-FI and a fridge immediately online. Totally lucked out! The hotel phones were jammed and I got the next to the last room online. Located a decent Mexican joint in downtown Columbia and a state park with trails nearby so I am good to leave here and check in sometime Sunday. Packing a bunch of art supplies and will try to innovate. Just got back from filling the car up with gas. Yeah gas lines of course and nasty, disgruntled peeps, but all done. Even got a bunch of water in wasteful, unsustainable plastic bottles. Then, the necessities. Barnes and Noble. Books. That’ll get me through the rough times.
No doubt there will be more to this adventure/forced evacuation.
BTW, the space at the Sacred Heart Cultural Arts center is so amazing. 120 year old brick and stone walls. My work never looked so good in a space and the people running it were outstanding. Show runs until Oct. 27.