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Road Food

Where has this book been?  Why am I just discovering it now that it is in its 10th edition?  The Stern's have performed a wonderful service to everyone with this book!  No more fast food restaurants....the Golden Arches....bye bye!
MB and I recently took the back roads from our home in Charlotte, NC to Edisto Beach, SC for the weekend (a lovely place).  Friday night's dinner was from a Mexican fast food place; ten minutes later, we both felt as if we had eaten gut bombs (not a good thing).  This pas weekend, I cross-referenced our trek with Road Food and realized that we could have eaten at so many local spots, where the food was home-made and made with care.  This week I am driving to Williamsburg, VA for an art exhibit. Road Food will allow me to find the hidden gems along the way).  This book is a must have for anyone that travels by car and is tired of the fast food that one always seems to fall into.  Road Food is a little gem that is going to have a permanent place in my car!!


Take Two

I was supposed to travel to San Jose, CA on Sunday.  My day started out as follows:  the alarm clock went off at 6.30am, got up and got ready, kissed the dog, couldn't find the cat, out the door at 7am and to the airport by 7.30am, kiss Michael, thru security and at the gate by 8am.  Load the plane and taxi to the tarmac - sit for 30 minutes due to an odor in the plane.  Travel back to the gate and sit for an hour before we heard the dreaded announcement:  This flight has been cancelled.  Please proceed to baggage claim to retrieve your luggage and then proceed to ticketing for a new flight pattern.

Off the plane and to baggage claim, grab my bag and race to ticketing to get ahead of as many other passengers as I can.  And when I say 'race to ticketing', I mean, elbow any old women and punt any kids or drop-kick dogs out of my path.  I make it to the top one-third in the ticketing line and I'm rewarded by standing in line for 2 hours.  All the while, listening to a screaming kid (give him some food already!) and a caged dog barking (see drop-kick comment).  My best option for San Jose is to travel on Monday so I call Michael to come back to the airport and pick me up....5 hours later. 

Dinner for me was country ham on a steamed bun with mustard (shout-out to mommy) and tater-tots smothered in ketchup.  Michael was more refined with homemade pasta, homemade pasta sauce and a sprinkling of asiago and parm cheeses.

Monday moves along at a better pace.  The plane actually lifts off.  The first leg is from Charlotte to St. Louis - no complaints.  The second leg is from St. Louis to Phoenix, and I having a screaming child sitting behind me (and he screams the ENTIRE 3 hours).  The third leg is from Phoenix to San Jose.  On the first hour of the trip, the passenger at the window seat on my aisle chants in his native language.  Chants! Holy cow! 

It gets better....I was sitting in the bulkhead, which means there is no seat in front of me under which I could store my computer.  I had put the computer in a pocket on the wall in front of me and a flight attendant grabbed it and said that it must go in an overhead bin during take-off.  OKay.  I'm lazy by this point and I don't retrieve it.  During flight, an attendant is carrying someone's bag and is looking for storage space so she opens the overhead bin.  Out flies my computer!!  It crashes down on the girl sitting beside me and gives her a big gash over her left eye (skin hanging off and it is swelling).  Now the flight attendants are glaring at ME and asking why the computer was just thrown overhead like it was.  I just glared back at them and told them that I didn't throw it up there.  After the third glare and smart comment from the attendants, I ever-so-calmly and ever-so-smiley said "one should always use caution when opening overhead bins as items may have shifted during flight".  LOL  I thought they were going to strangle me.  But, I made it off the plane alive!

I made it to the hotel by ~ 11pm EST.  Dinner was room-service.  Sorry to disappoint.


p.s.  i didn't really elbow grandma or punt any kids or drop-kicks