So I’m out for one of my late walks the other night…morning…about 2:00am. I walk up Main Street and the night is dead quiet, the air still, just the sound of the traffic lights blinking yellow.
I’m lost in thought as I walk along, thinking about a girl……a girl from a long time ago. I light a cigarette and my attention is suddenly caught by a familiar humming sound.
I look up and realize that I’m standing under the neon sign for the towns’ main hotel. It’s an eerie feeling. I worked at this hotel a long time when I was a kid and a teenager….during the off season, even before I was a Carny. I haven’t walked under it in many years.
The sign hums away…glowing… as I’m transported for a fraction of a second….back…before I was a Carny. The timing is perfect….this is exactly the time I used to get off work and walk under that exact sign…..timeless…humming for an eternity….while I get old.
It’s funny how smells and sounds can transport one back to a previous time, especially in autumn.
In that fraction of a second I realize that I would do it all again if given the chance….no regrets.
While all my friends were going to college…getting married…having kids…I was on the road…living in Carny land, seeing the country…living one day at a time.
The sign continues to hum and glow as I walk away, a lot older…disappearing into the night.