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September 21st, 2004

04:58 pm - First stop: Philadelphia
University of Blogging degree gacked from cassie_oCollapse )
Anyway, so the trip:
So we set off on our trip at 9:30. We stopped and got money and mailed some bills off and then went into Boston to Kupels, the uncontested leader in deliciousness of bagles to pick up a half dozen bialis for my grandmother (and maybe another half dozen for us.) Oooh, and a holiday magnet, which is still packed somewhere and I'm going to need that for Friday. There was el zilcho parking, so parked on a side street and left hoppie in the car (his choice, pretend to be surprised) while I ran around between the bookstore and the bagle place. They only had 10 bialis, so we bought them all, and a couple of sammitches for the road, and off we went.
(for those of you who like that sort of thing: 90W (Mass Pike) to 84W through CT into NY then 684S to 87/287W to the Garden State Parkway to the New Jersey turnpike to the Pennsyvania turnpike to 611N to my aunt's.)
We pulled into my aunt's place around 4:00. My great uncle Moshe was sitting on the front porch, looking identical to when I used to pull up at the moshav. Talk about people who have changed not a bit. So I greeted him in Hebrew, then introduced Tom in Hebrew, and then for the next 10 minutes, I spoke English to Moshe and Hebrew to Hoppie because I was so confused. I'm not used to conversing in two languages anymore, if I ever was.
Then we went inside and caught up with Osher a bit. She is taking a soft option, culinary arts vocational.
culturally insensitive? rantCollapse )
Anyway, she's doing good. She made lunch for us and we caught up on current events. Her brother Ben is in Israel biding time until he goes into the army. I think he'll do fine there. He's got a head for strategy and he understands how important army service is. Then my aunt and uncle came home and we caught up for a bit. Had lunch, then uncle and great uncle went off to help my uncle pick up some fans for a client's house, and Roberta and Hoppie talked downstairs while Osher and I tried to make sense of my aunt's computer. Then came down, talked to Roberta, took more photos. Osher showed us her uniform and then we were off.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Lexx - "Finale" (A Good Way to Die)

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05:28 pm - Second stop: Washington,DC
So leaving my aunt's, we went back towards the Pennsyvania turnpike, but hoppie (now driving) insisted on taking a left when we should have taken a right, and refused to turn around, so we ended up punting on the toll road and picking up 476S an hour later after meandering aimlessly around back streets.
And for those of you who like that sort of thing, we took: 476S to 95S into Delaware to 495W to 335S to Lori and Leah's where were arrived at around 10:00 in the evening.
On the merge to 485 we hit huge freaking traffic which was irritating.
But when we arrived, the girls had chinese food and cuddly kittens waiting for us. We sat around and gabbed and had a grand ole time until we went to sleep. I have pictures of the apartment which I'll post maybe tonight after I get home and finish shopping and stuff. The next morning I woke up early because I forgot I had a 7:00 alarm on my Palm. Got showered, talked to Lori, walked outside with her, moved my car, went back inside, had breakfast with Leah, woke up hoppie,and then we gave Leah a lift partway to school so we could have a few more minutes with her. At breakfast Lori told me a story about a friend of hers and it put me in mind of filkergem, this may become important later...

Then we were on our way to KY (9:46AM). As it was morning, I was driving. We got onto 66W intending to take it to I64 and from there, onto the Bluegrass State. As we were driving and talking, I got to thinking about GEM. It seemed a shame to be so close....I mused outloud. Finally, I kicked the speed dial into action, and handed hoppie the phone. He made the plans and got directions while I focused on the driving.
AFTOYWLTSOT: 66W to 29S to Maharaj's Indian Buffet at 12:06 PM
And that's where I stop because I've been asked to help out with something. But at least I've stop pretending I don't exist.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Big Country "In A Big Country"

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