We aren't there yet. This is her talking, and she means our car, headed west on 10 into Houston:
a maze of steep exit ramps and billboards: Hot barbecue- cold beer!
We have to go North some, then we get off on a small highway then we are there, almost
Her instructions were like the rest of her language, non-linear and flavored with drawl - so "we get off" sounds like "we'll git awf"
"So we are close, but not real close. Like you and me, sorta close, but not there yet. " This is me talking and trying to make it a metaphor, because
it is what I do.
Nah, she says, we're just driving today. We can talk about that personal stuff later when we are standing still
Pauses for a second, looking out her passenger side window, when I can look you in the eye, ya know?