The best you ever had is just a memory…
Raleigh, NC I woke up on travel day to text messages informing me about the tsunami that had hit Japan. People felt that this disaster was just more evidence that I had made the right decision by pulling the plug on my life in Korea. I had been having some regrets about coming home early. My life has been pretty boring since I got back, and the last doctor’s appointment I had gave me reason to believe that I’m almost back to full strength. Sadly, I was starting to think about taking off again, and Japan was on my radar. I guess that’s not on the table anymore, but at least I can say that I was lucky enough to visit Japan during the Korean Thanksgiving in September. It’s a beautiful country, and the recent events are a real tragedy. Why couldn’t it be Korea!? Well, not all of Korea; just the concentrated area over The Dick’s house. Don’t mind me, though. I’m just bitter because I haven’t had lovin’ that good since I came back to Canada. Dick whipping…it’s a terrible thing.
We departed from the NYC area around 11AM for what was supposed to be a 9 hour drive by MapQuest standards, and 7.5 hours by Psycho Lady standards. However, both MapQuest and I hadn’t anticipated the insane traffic in the greater DC area, which resulted in a 12 hour trip, and a pit stop in Who-Knows-Where, Virginia. We really wanted to have dinner in Raleigh to make the most of our first day, but after the terror that was the I-95 congestion, we decided to make a visit to Joe’s Crab Shack.
The Crab Shack was like something out of a scene from any road trip movie, with giant sea creatures hanging from the ceiling, and cheesy pictures of Elvis plastered all over the walls. The servers even broke into a line dance at one point! The best part, aside from the crab, of course, was that they had saucy t-shirts in abundance. However, the shirts weren’t quite saucy enough by my standards. Seriously, as if there wasn’t a shirt that said, “I’ve got crabs.” It’s so obvious! Maybe it’s because we were in the South and people there are so nice and wholesome. You know a crab shack in Eastern Canada would be all over mass producing a shirt like that. Sigh…
Anyway, after much crab and sweet tea (my US road trip obsession and carb quota), we were back on the road for another couple of hours. It felt as though we were traveling to a place that got further and further away the more we drove. However, just before midnight we saw our hotel looming in the distance. Our first set back was that our hotel room didn’t have two beds. For SOME reason all the double rooms had been taken AHEM! The plus side was that there was a TV in our bathroom mirror complete with the NHL Network. I found myself defogging the glass in the shower multiple times so I didn’t miss a minute of the action as I preened.
Michelle was tired and went to bed right away… Almost like she had been the one driving all day instead of me… But I was pumped up. I listened to Hockey (the band) a lot on this trip, and it really gets me going, so I just wanted to skip around Raleigh all night. I wanted to do a supply run to the grocery store up the road, but the hotel “didn’t feel comfortable” letting me walk (or drive), so they had hotel security escort me in a “caterpillar” cart! It was definitely the highlight of my day because you know buying an “I’ve got crabs” shirt wasn’t it. As I waited for my escort, some familiar manimals had trickled into the lobby. The Blue Jackets were in the house – eep!
P.S. I’m aware that I said I would be better about the updates on this trip, but I was too busy, and didn’t have a moment alone. Then I got home and injured my laptop. Get over it!