May 02, 2006

You Ain't Gonna Believe This!

Ok - so I kinda forgot to tell you I was going to Texas, didn't I?! Well, as it happened last Wednesday, thanks to a couple of incredible folks, I got the chance to go to the Austin Blown-Star Blog Meet. So...I went.

Now, I'm gonna tell you all about the fun, laughter, food, hugs, booze and well, other cool stuff. Really I am. But right now, it's 1:19am and I just got home. So - it's gonna have to wait.

What I am gonna tell you a bit about is the actual road trip. Then - I think y'all should pool together and get T1G a really cool award of some kind. Seriously - this guy has more than earned it. Hmmm I wonder if I can put a star with his name on it in front of Fritz's?? You know, Stillman Valley's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame....

He just drove to TEXAS and back with ME in the car.......Sainthood would apply if it weren't for the whole Jebus thing and all.....

Anyway - sorry - I got side tracked.....

I was going to entitle this: What I did on my spring Vacation....tried to kill my best friend twice in 4 hours.

Yep. You read that right. It was ugly folks. Really ugly.

You see - I didn't sleep much Wednesday night. I didn't know for sure I was going until around 7:00 and I had some stuff to do to get ready. Plus, let's be honest. I was excited. I was goin' to Texas. I was going to see/meet some of my favorite people.

Thursday morning, I'm runnin' around tryin' to get stuff done and get all ready. We get on the road around 1:30pm. He starts out driving the first batch. Now, in my defence, I have to say the one reason we travel well together is because I'm the day driver, he's the night driver. It works. Don't f*ck with it. Well, we kinda didn't follow that process. He drove most of the day. I took over in St. Louis right around dusk.

Now, just beofe this point, I'm not sure when it happened, I rolled the window up on my foot. Pinchin' my toes. (shoulda been a sign of some sort.) I didn't get a lot of sympathy, now that I look back. Seems he's never heard of anyone doin' that. Anyone? Have you done it? Come on - help me out here....

Anyway - it's dark. I'm so tired. He takes the next turn and gets us through Oklahoma. I take over in Texas. We're drivin', drivin', drivin'. It's very dark. We hit Dallas. It's still really dark. I'm gettin' sleepy. Not a real good combination.

Oh, did I ever mention that I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat? No warning, no nothin? Yeah, no I didn't? Hmmmm probably should have made that fact known.

Anyway-we get to Waco and it's only just barely not dark. Now, this is where it gets fuzzy. I'm told there was a long (described as angry) beeeeeeppppp. I did not hear it. What I do hear is a calm voice ask me how I'm doin' over there. Now, I've always said, I'm a shitty liar. I don't even bother. So - I jerk and realize what happened. I then say - oh, sorry. I was sleeping.

Sound asleep folks. On what ever highway it was we were on flyin' through Waco.

Seems I kinda sorta drove into the lane to my right. Problem was, there was a car there. Thank goodness the lady driving that car was on her game!!

Son of a bitch. I almost killed my best friend.

(the first time)

So - we pull off, I get out, walk around, get a soda and smoke a couple cigarettes. Then get back in and keep driving.

We finally get to Austin and find the hotel. I go in to see if it's possible to check in. I left the keys with him.

I walk out and explain a) no one can check in yet. b) Oddy and I have a reservation....he does not.

So - I go back in to see what I can do. He follows me in to get on a waiting list for a room. At some point I decide I need to clean up so I get the keys back from him and get my luggage from the car. I then slip the keys into my purse. (this is important to remember as the story continues.)

I go and get changed and cleaned up and head back outside. About that time, Shoe and Redneck show up. WooHoo. The party is ready to start!!!! Shoe has a cooler and T1G went to put it in the car. I assured him he had the keys.

I then head into the hotel.

I come back out to a very, umm, how should I say this.....aggitated, yes, that will work. I came outside to see an aggitated T1G standing next to a snickerin' Redneck by the car.

Seems T1G thought the keys were locked in the car. Kinda panicked. Until he remembered I had the keys. Then he REALLY panicked. (My track record this trip wasn't so good....)

Yeah, I just about caused him to have a stroke.

So you see - I tried to kill my best friend 2x in 4 hours.

And that was just the trip THERE. Wait till you hear about the trip BACK........

Posted by Tammi at May 2, 2006 01:44 AM

Glad to see you two made it home safely! (Relatively speaking, of course...) ;)

Posted by: Richmond at May 2, 2006 05:19 AM

No, not the foot thing! Yikes! And the key thing too? I'm waitin' for the part about the trip home, you haven't said anything 'bout gettin' lost yet. Yep, probably happened, you probably got lost in some unknown, unmapped, canyon in northern Arkansas, and ran across some unheard of tribe of cannibals, or pygmy head hunters. Poooor T1g, I'm thinkin' a star on the sidewalk in front of Fritz's, hmmmmmm, probably doesn't quite cover it.

Well I'm glad you both made it home in one piece. Oh wait, you haven't exactly said that yet have you?

(giggling as I duck and run away)

Posted by: Cuz at May 2, 2006 05:59 AM

The man IS a saint!!

But, he is also blessed to have you!!

Just as I am.

; )

However, honey, whenever YOU and I travel, the keys and the driving fall within MY dominion and control, m'kay?!

Love you, lady!

Posted by: Christina at May 2, 2006 07:29 AM

Ok, just so he doesn't think it doesn't happen, I not only rolled the window up on my foot, I've shut the car door on my own foot, I've rolled the window up on the dog's head, I've even forgotten the window was up and smacked my head off it! Now that's out of the way . . .

I am so glad ya'll are relatively safe and sound. Can't wait to hear about the trip home!
I miss you guys already!

Posted by: oddybobo at May 2, 2006 08:04 AM

Glad to hear you made it home - alive.

Posted by: Dash at May 2, 2006 10:09 AM

The foot in the window and the door thing? Done that too! It was great to meet you and glad you made it home safe!

Posted by: livey at May 2, 2006 10:54 AM

I am going to assume that since you rolled your feet in the window that they were somewhere near the dashboard

Do you know how dangerous it is to put your feet on/near the dashboard. It's a little thing called an airbag, should it deploy you are going to be in serious world of hurt not to mention what would happen during the accident that caused the airbag to go off. Bad blogmomma, bad.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at May 2, 2006 11:08 AM

I think some of you women just should not be allowed near power windows. Glad you're back safe. Even gladder that you won't be on the road when I head out tomorrow.

Posted by: Jerry at May 2, 2006 12:24 PM

You get her, Machelle!!! Hehehehe...

Posted by: That 1 Guy at May 2, 2006 12:39 PM time he'll just have to tape you up and put you in the trunk.....LOL

Posted by: Carmen at May 2, 2006 01:50 PM

I'm so laughing at this. I keep hearing, "how ya doin' over there..." in his thick Wisconsin accent. heh heh heh!

Posted by: Bou at May 2, 2006 03:44 PM

Hey, welcome back! Sounds like ya'll had a great time! :)

But no, I've never rolled the window up on my foot, not even during... well... you know. ;)

Posted by: pam at May 2, 2006 05:55 PM

Still and all...a much-needed, well-deserved break.

Good for you!

Posted by: Pam at May 2, 2006 09:23 PM

I thought about the blogger meet but we had a shoot scheduled for Saturday. Then it got rained out. I shoulda been there. Foo.

Posted by: Peter at May 2, 2006 11:36 PM

Bou - T1G has a think ILLINOIS accent, which is completely different :-)

Posted by: Harvey at May 3, 2006 09:46 AM