Thursday, September 3, 2009

Road Trip!!!

I know the three exclamation points may create an air of false enthusiasm, like when you write to a friend "I can't wait to see you!!!" what you really mean is "It really hasn't been that long since we saw each other last and honestly so little has happened that I'm afraid we'll run out of things to talk about twenty minutes in, but it's important that we keep in touch because emotional connectivity is what separates us from the animals!"

But I'm actually really excited about this road trip. It's the first one Brooke and I will be taking together, if you don't count the time it took us nine hours to drive home from Key West. But that was our mistake. The normally three-hour drive became a nine-hour odyssey due to Memorial Day weekend traffic. It was so unbearable that halfway through we pulled off for margaritas, pulled back on two hours later into the same traffic, sat for half an hour, and then pulled off again into the same restaurant for more margaritas. (Note: It's not considered drinking and driving if you're just drinking and inching forward.) So yeah, I don't think that one counts.

This time we're headed to a small fishing town on the Florida panhandle called Apalachicola. (I like to think the natives gave it such a stupid name to scare away infiltrators who may be intent on pilfering it's fresh seafood, old-world charm and gold.) I haven't studied up on it much, but I do know that for the next four days Brooke and I will be staying in a quaint bed and breakfast (cute!), chowing down on fresh oysters (sexy!) and . . . antiquing maybe? I don't know. This is uncharted territory for me. The last time I drove through the Florida panhandle I ended up at a foam party in Panama City. But I don't think it will be anything like that. Hopefully.

For the record, Brooke just came in and read that last sentence over my shoulder and said, "What do you mean 'hopefully'? You never know what's going to happen. That's the beauty of a road trip!" Um, really? Because I always thought the beauty of road trips is the quiet contemplation of a barren straightaway; the cosmic gut-check of experiencing the world's enormity one mile marker at a time; the liberation from schedules, lunch hours, and the awful familiarity of the day to day; and, of course, the freedom of the open road.

sheep jumping in road

He knows what I'm talking about.

Happy Labor Day, everyone. I hope your long weekend isn't so baaad.


Blogger Red said...

Bizarre! (bottom pic, not so much the foam party pic).

September 3, 2009 at 3:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger miss. chief said...

hahahaha that photo is so great. i love roadtrips too! have fun !!!!!

September 3, 2009 at 8:16:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, great (sheep) pic indeed. but dan, you never did mention what was so funny about that foam party.... i'm sure the statute of limitations has passed on that one (hopefully).

September 3, 2009 at 10:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger LiLu said...

I groan... but I still love it.

Have a blast.

September 5, 2009 at 12:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amanda said...

Apalachicola is a nice getaway. They have some of the best oysters in the state. Make sure you go across the bay (about a 10 minute drive) to St. George Island. Very pretty. I'm still partial to the Atlantic Ocean, but as far as Gulf Coast beaches go, it's sweet.

Nice pun by the way. They eat that stuff up in the panhandle.

September 7, 2009 at 10:29:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Vanessa said...

OMG that picture.

September 7, 2009 at 8:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

You had better not be talking about a sheep fucking road trip cause I'd be pissed if you didn't invite me. Hey, loved the broom bit in the last post!

September 8, 2009 at 11:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Andrea said...

I stumbled upon your blog my accident and I must say I found it fairly amusing. Can't wait to read your next post!!! I stand behind all those exclamations too.

September 10, 2009 at 4:37:00 PM EDT  

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