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Departing DC

USA | Saturday, 15 September 2007 | Views [616] | Comments [5]

Distancing DC – well here we go. We’re off to the city of New York. The remainder of our trip in DC consisted of hanging out with friends, visiting the museum of Natural History…I know, I know…Daniels going to be jealous, but keeping that in mind, we didn’t even visit the gem collection (for which Andrew gave a sigh of relief :}). Annie has been working crazy hours at work and yet still finding time to entertain us with late nights at IHOP. The second time we went to IHOP Annie had tons of work, so we stayed at IHOP from probably 11:30 until a little after 3:30. We had only ordered coffee and tea, feeling guilty as Annie is apt to do, she gave our waiter, Geffrey, a $10 tip on an $8 bill. He was profuse in his excitement, it was no wonder than that when we went to IHOP on our last night in DC and had the same waiter that he was ridiculously friendly. I’m not complaining though, I got a hot fudge sundae for the price of an ice cream scoop. We were eventually driven out by the drunk college students though.

Our last day in DC was packed with goodbyes, breakfast with Ken, the park with Tami and Devon, the DC Shortfilm festival with Afia and ate Potbelly sandwiches, and IHOP with Annie.

So back to where we are…the Chinatown bus going from DC to NY. While our original plan was to drive to NY, in light of the ridiculous amount of work that Annie has been doing, and the rising price of gas, it was soon clear that it made more sense to take a bus. We made reservations on the 8:00 Chinatown bus and planned to leave the house at 6:30 as we were supposed to be 30 minutes early. Imagine our consternation when Andrew woke up at 6:24 and he was the only one awake. Thankfully we had all packed the night before, so we hefted up our packs and suitcases and flew out the door. Ok, with a 28 pound bag I was more like a turtle shuffling awkwardly as opposed to flying, but nonetheless. We got our tickets at the ticket machine and took our trains to Chinatown. Only when we tried to leave, the ticket booth wouldn’t let us out. We hadn’t put the additional sixty cents necessary for riding during rush hour. The ticket assistant said we had to put more money on…only the only money we had was a $10 or a credit card and the machines would only take $1’s and $5’s and no credit cards. I honestly thought the guy wasn’t going to let us out of the kiosks. Eventually though we made it to China Town and we were on our way. Unshowered, Unshaved, unslept, and Unfed—thank heaven for the extra ice cream.

Tags: On the Road

Comments

1

Let me just beat my dad to the punch:

"Since when have drunk democrats, lawyers, and film nerds been afraid of drunk college students?!"

or something like that, I'm sure, is on the way.
-Andrew

  andrewalex Sep 16, 2007 12:40 AM

2

Imagine crickets chirping here.


Since my words have been stolen by my curly haired liberal son.

  Rrrricardo Sep 16, 2007 8:14 AM

3

Guess the late wake-up is all part of the adventure! Glad you guys made it. Love you tons - mom

  Sandy Sep 16, 2007 9:59 AM

4

You guys may need to memorize this. Break in to a verse or two if you run into any muggers:

Start spreading the news
I'm leaving today
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York
These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
And make a brand new start of it
New York, New York
I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps
To find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues
Are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York.

I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps
To find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues
Are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it
In old New York
If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York.

  Rrrricardo Sep 16, 2007 11:36 AM

5

I wonder if this is showing you the start of the next 7 mths. Always rushing to the next big adventure, I hope so but want you guys to remember to take your time and really enjoy the moment. I don't know why I thought ya'll were going to be in NY for a week, so I guess I am going to be the first to say I wish you weren't going, I miss you already but hope you have the time of your lives. If you have already left the country and not called me I will beat you when I see you both. Also would like you guys to know how thankful I am that I was not a fellow passenger on that bus. Love to you both, and do try to remember that even tho you guys are just 2 unemployed, homeless, townless, vagrants wondering around the country you still in your small insignificant way do protray America, so please do not make us all look bad. Will let you know when and if we (I) can, will be joining you on this trip, so just keep it it mind that you need to keep a stash ready so you guys can support me in the fashion deserving of a person of my social standing. Keep safe, have a minnie mouse day, a mickey mouse week and a disneyworld life. mom

  mardi Sep 17, 2007 11:29 AM

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