2008-02-09 07:50 pm (UTC)
[ears perk up]
2008-02-09 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, and several months away, so that there is time to save up!!!
I can't say absolutely yes, but I can give a tentative yes!
My sister and I have a relationship something like that. When we both had little kids (4 each at that time) we spent a lot of time together. At least once a week I drove the 20 min. to her house to spend the afternoon catching up on stuff. Once the kids grew up, we had a lot less in common, and she moved a little further away when her kids were gone and her husband retired. I went on to have 3 more kids, while she and her husband were taking trips and joining a gym, etc. Now, outside of family funerals and occasional weddings, we see each other twice a year, having a shopping/lunch/gabfest get-together for our respective birthdays.
It's interesting how different people in the same family can turn out to me. I'm the one who went most against the grain, I have to say.
Yes, I'm one of six. My oldest brother was all intellectual (Boston Latin, Harvard, Oxford U.,) , the next brother was the carefree jock, I was the serious/romantic girl, my sister was the opposite. The next boy was a combination of brains and brawn and the last was quiet and laid back.
BTW, how far did you need to take your sister to get to Amtrak?
Only downtown. It's the time, not the distance.
2008-02-09 07:57 pm (UTC)
That's how I ended up at the Sturgis motorcycle rally the first time - a friend and I were together when her mom called her and said "is there any way you could get up here? The singer for the band for your Uncle's place just got laryngitis - and they need someone to fill in..." and she said that she, having no car at the moment, wasn't going to be able to - until I said, "Oh c'mon, I'll drive - we leave in an hour!"
I love that sort of thing! :)
There days I would DIE if I tried something like that. It takes me longer to recover.
But that doesn't necessarily mean I wouldn't!
That's awesome, I love doing that kind of stuff. I miss it. I need to retire or something.
I love crazy adventures like that, too :-)
So, if I were to tell you at 10:00 at night that we're having lunch at our place in St Louis tomorrow for a few friends, would you join us?
LOL! Alas, that one cuts into other obligations. I have to control myself.
In the interest of things said in one of your earlier recent posts, I feel I must say at this point:
I love an adventure like that too and it's been WAY too long since I've done anything totally spontaneous like that. WAY.
Oy! Will fix immediately!!!
Maybe I can talk you into going on a post-Pennsic adventure to Niagra Falls. Or a fall-break adventure to the Cities or Chicago. Hmm....
It generally has to start with a real motivation, an actual need. But something might come up!
2008-02-10 04:36 am (UTC)
Somebody has to quote it
Elwood: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.
Jake: Hit it.
2008-02-10 05:46 am (UTC)
Re: Somebody has to quote it
We're on a mission from God.
This is funny that I got home and saw this, because this weekend I did my first long car trip since I got my license a month ago, I drove the three hours from Boone to Chapel Hill on Friday to see an opera with some friends, and this morning I did it in reverse to have a voice coaching session with an accompanist/coach from Juilliard. Aside from the getting lost part it was fun (it wasn't a "going across state lines" lost, more of a "it'll take ten extra minutes to take this little side highway back to the one I was supposed to get on" lost). I did have a couple problems with highway hypnosis, but really only when there were practically no cars around. XD
Since I got my license, I've been telling everyone I know about the fact that I have a car and that I'm available to give rides a lot, because I have been a ride moocher for so long that I feel the need, karmically, to pay it back (not to the people I mooched from, since they don't need them).
I believe in the "pay it forward" method of karmic repayment, too.
I just spent the weekend driving to NYC and back so I could go to a Siouxie show. So I get it.
Generally, I can't do it just for fun. There has to be something needful involved.
(Of course, by 1am that night I was, like, "Adventure, hah! Excitement, hah! A Gini needs none of these things.")