I’ve missed 20% of the blogging/work week. I tried letting everyone know that I was driving back from Raleigh yesterday by posting a lunchtime update from Spartanburg, SC, but I failed to successfully publish my quick post.
Thankfully I made it 100% of the way from Raleigh, NC to Atlanta, GA yesterday without incident. It was a good drive with only a few startling moments with state troopers camped out on I-85 (note, I rarely speed when I drive long distance — Saturday morning being the exception — but I am still nervous when I pass police camped out waiting for speeders).
Discoveries made along the way:
- South Carolina has really cheap gas
- South Carolina (Anderson) has Jack In The Box! I smell a future road trip! If they also had White Castle I’d consider moving there…
- South Carolina has QT
- North Carolina does not have QT
- I-85 is continually in a state of repair, which naturally causes traffic snarls
- The Jackmobile can almost make the entire Atlanta <-> Raleigh trip on one tank of gas
- I chose podcasts over audiobooks and Christmas music
Another Fun Time In Raleigh
I left Atlanta after the acoustic set done by Chatham County Line with designs on making it to Anderson, SC where I’d made a hotel reservation. After stopping for gas and coffee at QuikTrip at I-85 and Chamblee-Tucker I made a longish, somewhat sleepy drive arriving in Anderson around 1am.
My short night in Anderson was fantastic, getting a good night’s sleep (thirty minutes more than originally intended) and a shower before pushing off for Raleigh at 6:45am. After navigating traffic at speeds which easily should have earned me a speeding ticket, avoiding the deer carcass which had been created by the car which then sat on the side of the road I pulled into Raleigh around 11:30am.
My arrival in Raleigh provided plenty of time for me to join in the birthday party for ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy’s eldest son. Did I mention the party involved going to see the new Chipmunks movie? With nine other children? I really had low expectations for the movie, but in the end thought that it was okay.
On Sunday we went to a park and made some Mentos/Diet Coke fountains, made our way to Village Draft House where we unfortunately watched the Packers lose their first game of the season (and thankfully couldn’t stay around to watch my Jets get pummeled by the Eagles). Sunday night’s activity involved driving out to Saxahapaw for the Chatham County Line show. Prior to the show we ate at a restaurant called The Eddy, which on a slow night probably provides an excellent eating experience, however they where overwhelmed on Sunday night and we had to scarf down our food (I broke my “eating vegetarian with Lisa and Randy” effort because the vegetarian options were scant and the thought of bbq pork was overwhelming) so that we could go to the show. The show itself was a blast and not a carbon copy of Friday night’s show.
Yesterday morning I stopped at Harris Teeter and loaded up with three six-packs of beers which cannot be purchased in Atlanta.
I may whine a lot about my station in life, but not to get to mushy on you all, I really do have a wonderful core of friends — including many of you ITP-Readers.
The Return Of Captain Sleepy
I think I nodded off at 9pm last night. Seriously, I need to avoid hanging out on my bed because it makes me too sleepy. I was watching “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” when I passed out. I have five (perhaps six) days to watch all of my Christmas movies…
What Am I Waiting For, Christmas?
With Christmas I remind myself that it’s time for year-end planning. This week I’ll be making my annual financial, tax-deductable financial contributions. The short-list thus far is:
- This American Life
- The Story
- High Museum of Art
- Horizon Theatre
- Trees Atlanta
I am always willing to hear arguments/suggestions for other entities who are worthy of some financial support. Please feel free to leave comments for organizations you feel are worthy.
Going to try and cruise through this rainy week in Atlanta, hoping no major CES fires arise…