Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Vacation Part II!!

Indeed, then CO arrived from a late and delayed Acela trip. Stinking of cheese.

Next day it was a long subway ride down to Wall street and the various sights down there. We also rode the Staten Island ferry, so nobody could ever say we didn't. After a couple of quick phone calls to prove we were there, we rode the next ferry back. Now it was lunch time, so we met my sister for some honest-to-Christ New York Pizza. After weathering a downpour via booze, we rode the subway back up to midtown for some Important Purchases. Then I lost about four hours there, and the next thing we knew the 1,2,3 trains were [still] flooded and CO, my sister and I were traipsing through the rain for the 59th and Lex subway stop. Again exhausted, we returned to the hotel.

The next day seemed the longest on paper, and for a while there, seemed like it was going to be even longer in reality. I had a simple plan, to drive past and perhaps photograph a school in the Bronx where CO and I had visited Back In The Day. IE, 16 years ago. (Wow, that's a long time.) I popped up Google, ciphered together a route, and cockily went on our way. Started out good, past the zoo and Forham U, confusing CO with my ability to remember that a street changed names mid stream, for example. And then the bottom dropped out. A street that had been on the map simply did not exist in real life. Sandford. Bastards! Yadda yadda yadda, we found the school, sadly not living our lives without having been in Yonkers. We found the Major Deegan (after another bad-directions scare ("this street changed names blocks ago, just so you know" "laughing!")) and it was off to Cleveland! No. Philly! Not before stopping at the Vince Lombardi rest area on the New Jersey turnpike and having a Nathan's and Cinnabon breakfast.

Two and a half hours later we were in Philly. Neat town- very historical and old school. The Liberty Bell? Don't bother. Think 33 gallon garbage can. I was more impressed with the $15 Lexmark printer I almost bought from some schmoe on the street. And the fantastic sandwich. If you close your eyes, it almost tastes like a cheese Slider.

And two and a half hours after that, we were rolling into DC. After a little decompressing, it was to Capitol City Grill for beer and unfortunate tacos. Unfortunate in the sense that they were excellent, save for the meat. Nice to see JAG and DV$ and his friend, [Ally?].

Next day we had a late start. Went for a quick hamburger and grocery shopping stop before hitting the road for a nice afternoon barbeque at N & R's place. Many thanks to them for the hospitality to me, but a weary traveller. After a while it was time to head for the airport. In planning the drive, the worst possible scenario was planned for, yet the best happened. I think it took 10 minutes to get to the airport. Suffice it to say, I was two hours early for the plane. Which was already delayed when I got there. Weather troubles wherever it was coming from. So, I fired up the laptop for some serious DVD watching. That's the way to travel, let me tell you. My plane managed to make up time in the air and only took off about :25 minutes late, and made up even more time on the way to Chicago, rendering us :03 minutes early. Smooth!

Three highlights from the flight: from the Star Trek 6 DVD commentary, we learn that one of the writers didn't know anything about Star Trek before agreeing to write the film. Two, we were chasing the sunset, so it was late dusk in the air for about an hour. Three, we passed over another plane. That may have been the fastest thing I've ever seen up close. I just happened to be checking for other planes, since it was a clear night, and there it was maybe 1000 feet below us, coming in at about a 45 degree angle toward us. I don't know what our cruising speed was, but a quick web search puts the cruising speed of a 737 well over mach 0.500. So, the plane was coming at us at a relative speed of over Mach 1. Sweet. Now that I think about it, the only other faster thing I've seen was a meteor over MD's house.

And that was the trip. Thanks again to Mr. and Mrs. O for the hospitality at the house there.

UPDATE: HA! This is where the cheesesteak sandwich was procured.


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