Vegas, baby, Vegas! We’re so money we don’t even know how much money we have. This road trip is actually happening. Our bags are packed and we’re ready to go. We’re sitting here outside Butch’s door waiting for Butch. (Potential theme developing…)
Now seems like a good time to consider the trip in an overall sense. And I think the question to focus on is this: Will this road trip happen? Now, as far as whether we’ll get in a car with our stuff and drive, the 8 ball says it is decidedly so. A key has already been placed in the ignition causing the little magic fairy in the car engine to make that vroom noise, and allowing us to be moving at a speed many more mile per hour than we could on foot. (I got an A in physics). So to clarify the question- will this road trip happen successfully?
Reasons this road trip will work
Av is in charge – We have an incredibly detailed itinerary. I didn’t know this until this morning but he has a folder with details about every where we’re going. He has all phone numbers, has bought tickets, and made all arrangements already. He has made it so that this trip is almost impossible to fail.
The rest of us are on the trip – I am irresponsible (for explanation: see - my life), Abie will probably be no help aside from waving his arms awkwardly. Harold is currently in the back seat sleeping. This will happen a lot. He has also taken all the pillows with him. Butch is stretching in his seat and has already suggested one Butch Plan – driving straight to Vegas. Also, the theme…
If God (read: Av) created a rock of a road trip that no one could break, could we then cause it to fail? Later into this blog, we will get to “why do bad things happen to good people”
On the way to
We got bagels for breakfast and lunch today. The following are the bagel orders:
Abie – Everything bagel with butter, Everything bagel with butter
Av – Cinnamon Raisin bagel with cream cheese, Everything bagel with tuna
Butch – Whole Wheat bagel with nothing on it, Everything bagel with nothing on it
Etan – Cinnamon Raisin bagel with cream cheese, Cinnamon Raisin bagel with cream cheese
New Harold – no breakfast, Everything bagel with tuna
Av bought chocolate milk, Abie made chocolate milk in Butch’s house and then spilled it on himself in the car.
This is the kind of attention to detail that you have come to expect from us. You’re Welcome.
First Song played in the car: Mr. Brownstone by Guns n’ Roses. That was perfectly rocking in many ways. Amazingly, we got up around seven, and got out of bed around nine. If we run into someone named Mr. Brownstone later, insane Foddy.
Halfway to D.C. (or so). Laugh Count: 3
A joke about Rain X, and Wind X, and windex (we actually used Rain X on the car this morning. Look it up.)
A joke about keeping a laugh count
“remember that time we were on a road trip”
all future laughs may go unreported…
Itinerary item #1 was a tour of the capital in D.C. scheduled for . We will not be getting to the tour. In the history of our road trip we have never made it to an itinerary item. By Av’s mom logic, we are destined for an 0-for-the trip.
The reason for our delay is obvious to anyone who has ever made this travail:
I called the office to let them know we weren’t going to make it.
“Yeah, we got stuck in traffic” I said…
“I blame the entire state of
“Oh, you’re from there, originally?”
Stop #1 – The
We decided to go to the
As we pulled up, the Garmin kept on insisting we were “approaching the top of the world.” The excitement was so high that we didn’t even mind forking over the four dollar fee. The top of the world is less expensive than you might think.
Well, it wasn’t actually the top of the world. I know this because in a 28 floor building, the “top of the world” is located on floor 27. So, the “top of the world” is not even the top of the building. On the way down, the elevator did not take us to the bottom of the world. Nor was there any word as to where the bottom of the world may be located. We’ll keep searching…
We also saw an exhibit with famous Baltimorians (Boaltimorites-?, Baltimorans-?). The following people were listed: Three members of the Ripken family (2 named
There was also a match game about famous
Overall – the
Something insane happened here that was the highlight of the day. It involves Danny Groner, shtick in a box, a surreptitious delivery, references to a scene in the Usual Suspects
The drive to and the night in DC
On the highway we saw a sign on a truck that says “How’s my driving? Compliments or Complaints 301 306 6730” So Abie called and left the following message “I’ve been driving behind truck 214 for a while now and he’s been doing a fine job, so I hope you keep that in mind moving forward.”
The night in DC was fantastic. We saw the White House, The Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the
A few quick reactions because it’s incredibly late and we have to get up for
is beautiful at night. Everything is lit perfectly and everything is pristine Washington
- World War II memorial is amazing. You can tewll that it’s a newer design, but it’s beautiful.
- We ran into Phantom at the WW II memorial. He left us with an excited cheer for “San Diego 2011.” He pays attention just enough to get the city right, not enough to get the year. Well done, Phantom.
- I think I was inspired by the
That last bit makes sense, but raised the following question in my mind: Do I get less inspiration form these things because I am Jewish and I am trained to look to other structures and edifices for guidance and hope? Either way, I wish I could have read his second inaugural address over and over.
I’m wrapping up day 1 now (its late, and Gettysburg beckons early tomorrow) with a feature I may update as we go along: Possible nicknames procured on the road trip
Etan – Princess
As always, no explanation.