DP Challenge~ Oasis

Today’s Daily Prompt Challenge~

A sanctuary is a place you can escape to, to catch your breath and remember who you are. Write about the place you go to when everything is a bit too much.

The coolest thing about this challenge is that I need a place like this so rarely, I had to ask my darling husband to help me.  I read him the challenge and then I asked him.  “Where do I go, when I need this?”

Yes, readers, we were this close!  My husband took this picture.

Yes, readers, we were this close!
My husband took this picture.

He reminded me of what I call my “angry drives”  I get in my car, put in a favorite CD, crank it loud enough to make the rear view mirror rattle, and cruise out to my favorite driving spot.

There is a large roadside attraction at the South end of our fair city, and it has the smoothest, windiest and most peaceful access road leading to it.  There are a lot of car dealerships in the area, so a lot of people use this road for test drives. It’s also the only place in town where you can drive 45 mph.  Which doesn’t seem like much, but it’s enough.  It is for the most part wide open, and a great place to see some killer sunrises if you happen to hit it at the right time of day.

In thinking about this, I was reminded that I don’t always need the car to accomplish this, even though that’s more fun.  I can crank the tunes at home and make the drudgery of housework better anytime.  I think we all retreat to music sometimes, when pummeling the face of a co-worker or loved one into meatloaf just isn’t an option.

It has an element of fantasy to it, and takes you to another world where you aren’t disappointed.  It hearkens back to the days of singing into a hairbrush.  You know your favorite songs, by your favorite bands or artists are never going to let you down.

I’m not one for wallowing, so I never curl up with tissues and ice cream to watch Lifetime Movies.  I’m all about shrugging off the blues and putting the cheek back in Cheeky, and the dork back in Diva.

Here are just a few of tunes that never fail to make me feel better, no matter how hard life is stomping on my windpipe:


That Thing You Do-The Onders

A Higher Place-Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

Bad Things-Jace Everett

Supermassive Blackhole-Muse

Hold Me Tight-The Beatles

Animal-Neon Trees

Misery-Maroon 5

Bad Romance -Lady Ga Ga

Dark Days-Florence And The Machine

Australia-The Shins

No Sunlight-Death Cab for Cutie

Rhythm Of Love-Plain White Tees

The entire B52’s library

Nothing by Adele

Okay campers, where’s your happy place?

29 thoughts on “DP Challenge~ Oasis

      • Did I mention Skinny Cow ice cream? Add that to the drinking, shopping, and gardening. 150 calories of pure happiness. Oh, and old Gossip Girl on Netflix. That’s me later after New Girl. I’m having a REAL bad day. My kid is going to UK to be with his wife’s family for xmas (don’t get me started. I can’t even blog about that stuff cos she reads me) and I will truly be all alone. My kitty and doggy both died a while ago (natural causes /old age) and I haven’t been able to open my heart yet to a new petchild only to be broken, so my hubby (and my Chanel) is all I have. Sorry to vent here, but there’s so much I can’t say on my own blog…Anyway, thanks very much (seriously)!!

      • Hey! I’m all about the venting! I started a private stealth blog just to bag on people and things I hate! If my real blog didn’t take so much time (and whoring for new followers on Twitter) I’d be there all the time spewing rage! Happy Holidays and all that shit!

  1. The mountains are my true oasis… but, I can only get there a couple times a year to recharge. So, my day to day oasis is probably my couch – I know when I sit down on it I’ve gotten everything done for the day I need to and I can finally relax and escape from the rest of my cares and concerns by visiting the worlds on the other side of the screen.

  2. Ok, if I’m to be totally honest, and I have no shame, so I will be… I STILL sing into my hairbrush. I have this nice round brush that is a perfect “microphone,” and I love to stand in the bathroom (great acoustics) singing my heart out… and who cares if I’m 51 years old? Those are some of my best times! My husband acts as though he thinks I’m crazy, but he married me, and he’s stuck with me for more than 31 years now, so I think he’s secretly envious because he doesn’t have the nerve to sing into the hairbrush! :) I enjoyed your post… Of course I enjoy a lot of your posts. You’re quite witty.

  3. This sums up America as a car culture. We go there to eat, to make love, to travel, and to blow off steam. Maybe we don’t need our houses at all. We just need to get rid of some of our stuff.

  4. B-52s! Still love them. I don’t have a specific location that I go, it’s more of a mental thing. I either plug in the iPod or I meditate, or I read. Or I dive into a pint of ice cream and veg out on the couch. I’ve been doing more of the latter lately.

  5. If I am down in the dumps.. I like to drive around too with the music going or I like to clean like a mad woman with my music blasting– tiles and a toothbrush

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