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Life List: Take a Fun Roadtrip – check!

It was the kind of vacation I love the best – going to friend’s homes and plopping myself into their lives for a few days. You can keep Disney World – I want to see my buddy’s favorite dive bar, and maybe where they work. Technically I’ve taken road trips before, but never alone, so this counts for my Life List.

Wesley lives in Virgina, about an hour outside of the capitol, and was my stop one. I didn’t want a major trip, so it was far enough away from New York to count, but close enough to not feel stuck in the car for ages.

He introduced me to two of his friends for a night of bar hopping, and the next morning I had grits for the first time. I love them. Why do we not have them here? New York, let’s do this.

Also, sausage, biscuits and gravy.

We drove down to D.C. for the hell of it, and I got to see the Lincoln Memorial for the first time, as well as the very, very new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. I pointed out that they could not build such things and pump the money into public education instead, and Wesley, who is a Republican, sighed and shook his head.

He offered to give me a ride on his motorcycle and I almost chickened out, but then I didn’t, because why the hell not? I wrapped my arms around him and giggled thinking of the tee shirt that says, “If you can read this, the bitch fell off.” He promised I wouldn’t fall if I didn’t do anything stupid, and drove very slowly, except for the one time when he didn’t and I squeezed him so hard he had to had to yell at me to quit because he couldn’t breathe. We got to see the sunset, and although I don’t think “biker chick” is going onto my resume any time soon, I totally get the appeal of riding around in the wind, in the dusk. It was wild.

Special highlight: getting to see Lindsay and Kevin! Remember she emailed me a few years ago to hang out? I noticed on Foursquare that she was checked in nearby and asked if she wanted to meet up. It made me so, so happy.

I drove to Baltimore for stop two on my road trip. Here, they put the logo to their shitty baseball team on everything.

Gavin had school work to do, and we went out to run errands, so it was mellow. We did a lot of bumming around, and he inflicted me with a bunch of episodes of Deadliest Catch which literally put me to sleep. We came up with solutions for all of America’s problems over burgers, and I did my best to distract him from homework.


I needed this so badly. It was good to get the heck out of New York for a few days and see some of “my people”. Having this much fun is why I became a grown up.


  1. Cindy

    8 September 2011 at 1:52 pm

    There’s a place we liked to eat brunch in OKC that has shrimp and grits. It’s one of the few places I miss because we have not found it’s KCMO twin (yet). I love all of this.

  2. ChromePlatedGirl

    8 September 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I think Delta Grill on 9th Ave around 50th(?) has shrimp and grits…but they’re cheesy grits, not breakfast grits.
    NYC does have a serious lacking of biscuits and sausage gravy for sure!
    I love weekend roadtrips out of the city! I have one coming up in a couple of weeks and another in October, both to the Catskills.

  3. Nicole

    9 September 2011 at 11:13 am

    You were in my neck of the woods! We went to the MLK memorial too! On Sunday. Even though a lot of people have various gripes with it, I really thought it was great.

  4. Gavin

    9 September 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Shitty baseball team? How dare you!

    It was only to annoy you.

  5. Sam

    12 September 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Thank God NYC is devoid of extraneous Yankee logos! That would be SO annoying! WINKY FACE.

  6. Alyssa

    25 April 2012 at 1:57 pm

    You and your blog remind me so much of myself. I have a Bucket List and am working my way through it, as well! You inspire me. 🙂

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