East Coast Tour 2010

Karl and I hit the road last Saturday for what originally was to be a trip to see the Pixies outside of Philadelphia.  The plan was to stay at a hotel in downtown Philly (D) for Monday and Tuesday and then make a leisurely trek back home on Wednesday.

Sometime in early August we added a stop to visit a friend in Arlington (C), pushing our departure up a day to Sunday.  Then a week before we left I added a roller derby bout in Fishersville (B), pushing our departure up to Saturday.  The day before we left we found out that Karl’s sister had two extra tickets to the U.S. Open for Wednesday.  After talking it over for about three minutes, we opted for crazy and decided to drive to New York, park the car at Karl’s parent’s house (F), and catch the train to Arthur Ashe stadium (E).  Then I would drive the many hours back home (G) so Karl could get some sleep in the car.  Oh yes, he had to be at work by 8 AM on Thursday.

B) Fishersville, VA, 9/4: Beretta Betty, Ms. B. Haven, SexaQShunHer and I helped the NRV Rollergirls skate against the Charlottesville Derby Dames.  Final score: 81-71, CDD for the win.  We had a great time.

C) Arlington, VA, 9/4-9/6: As soon as the bout was over Karl and I hopped in the car and drove further east.  We got into our friend Heeje’s place by midnight where I managed to drink one beer before falling asleep on the couch.  The next day we ate our way through Arlington before heading out to a bar to meet up with some friends of Heeje’s and a vet school friend of ours.  The place became PACKED to the point where the line to the men’s room stretched past our table and down the stairs.  The women’s room fared no better; women can be so trashy.

While we were there we saw a myriad of people wearing Hokie maroon and orange.  Karl said, “Wow, it’s nice to see so much support for VT this far away from Blacksburg.”  The next day, Labor Day, we remembered the VT-Boise State game was going on at FedEx Field.  Only after we saw several cars in the neighborhood getting ready to tailgate.  Doh!

Again, a great time was had by all and we traveled northeast.  Here is our impersonation of George Washington, c. 2010, as we cross the Potomac:

D) Philadelphia, PA, 9/6-9/8: Finally, we arrived at our original destination.  After checking in and doing a trial run to get the concert venue (yes, we’re dorks like that) we headed to the convenient hotel pub and watched VT embarrass themselves on ESPN.  Our waiter heckled us for being Hokie fans.  We gave up and went to bed.

The next day we wandered around.  We spent several days in Philly last year where we took in the history and culture.  This time around Karl stuffed his face at Tony Luke’s in honor of Adam Richman (of “Man v. Food”).

To further erase the culture we received last year, we wandered over to the Comcast Center building near our hotel to stare at a giant television.  I’ll spare you the video but the lobby (left, right) and building itself has some impressive architecture.

Last but not least, we hopped on the metro to hit the concert at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA.

I was thrilled to see the Pixies perform and walked away with a 2-disc set of that night’s show.

F-E) Scarsdale and Arthur Ashe Stadium, NY, 9/8: Last leg of our East Coast Tour.  We got up at the crack of dawn and drove into NY.  We said hello and goodbye to Karl’s folks, hopped on a train to Grand Central and headed to the U.S. Open.  Karl’s youngest sister met us at the stadium.  We ate some overpriced yet tasty food and people-watched.  And there was tennis too!

We headed back to Karl’s childhood home where he packed up some of his old belongings that had been gathering dust for decades.  Car packed, check.  Tank of gas, check.  Me behind the wheel, check.  Eight hours later we pulled into our driveway.

Finding this picture in the box of Karl’s old stuff was icing on an already delicious cake:

la fin.


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