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.