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Adventure around every corner [Feb. 9th, 2008|01:34 pm]
Zoethe
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I just got off the phone with my sister, Kristi.* Kris called to ask if I could do her a favor - a HUGE favor, as she put it. I braced myself and asked what it was.

She wanted to know if I could drive her to the AmTrak station. For a 2:30am train. Tonight.

Of course I was required, by the Great Laws of Siblings, to give her a hard time about it. But there was never a moment's question in my mind that I would do it. Not just because she is my sister, but because I can never resist a harebrained scheme that requires driving at some insane hour.

When John and I were dating, he had a job interview in Boise, Idaho, scheduled for the day after his last final in his first semester of law school. Eugene, Oregon being what it was, there was ground fog that had closed the airport completely. I also had my last final of the semester that day, earlier than his. I was supposed to take him to the airport once he was finished with his final - his bags were already in the car - but there was no way he'd be flying anywhere. I ran back to the dorm, threw some stuff in a duffel bag, and drove back to campus. I met him outside the law school, where he was ruefully shaking his head. He opened the passenger side door.

"Get in," I said. "We're driving to Boise."

He was gobsmacked. It was already 2 in the afternoon, it was December, it was snowing in the Cascades and I wanted to drive to the Rockies?

Yeah, that was pretty much it.

It took us until 1am to drive the 450 miles in dark and snow. And the next day, while he was in his interview, I spent a long time being the only visitor at the Boise Zoo - the animals actually stared at me, a stranger in their midst. And I got all kinds of "good girlfriend" points out of it.

But I felt guilty taking the credit. Because part of me was squealing with excitement of the crazy adventure we'd undertaken.

I'm not always like that. If I have too many other obligations going on, just driving across town can be too much of a chore. And too many drives in too short a time will definitely leave me cranky.

But get me at the right time and I'll hop in the car and head for Chicago on an errand. I'll be tired, ragged, jittery from too much coffee, aching from sitting too long. But part of me will be loving it.

Because deep in my heart, I love an adventure.


*She lives just a few blocks away, but we don't see each other that much at this time of year - in the summer time we bike together, which is awesome, but come winter we are both kinda holed up, busy with our own lives. We don't have much in common that would lead us to hang out day-to-day: I'm a geek, and she's a self proclaimed "NASCAR redneck." She is, however, hysterically funny - the last time Amy was here we stopped in to visit and she had Amy laughing so hard that the poor child could not breathe. And we both like the woods and being outdoors, so when we do get together for biking or somesuch, we have a good time.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-09 07:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Yey!

Sewing Expo?!

[ears perk up]

When???
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-09 08:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Yey!

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!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2008-02-09 07:46 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-09 07:52 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2008-02-09 10:12 pm (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-09 10:41 pm (UTC)
Only downtown. It's the time, not the distance.
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[User Picture]From: yndy
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! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-09 08:13 pm (UTC)
"Road trip!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-09 08:17 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: mamaursula
2008-02-09 08:18 pm (UTC)
That's awesome, I love doing that kind of stuff. I miss it. I need to retire or something.
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2008-02-09 08:29 pm (UTC)
I love crazy adventures like that, too :-)
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[User Picture]From: beckyzoole
2008-02-09 09:14 pm (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-09 09:20 pm (UTC)
LOL! Alas, that one cuts into other obligations. I have to control myself.
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[User Picture]From: xforge
2008-02-09 11:53 pm (UTC)
In the interest of things said in one of your earlier recent posts, I feel I must say at this point:

"Harebrained."

= )

I love an adventure like that too and it's been WAY too long since I've done anything totally spontaneous like that. WAY.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-10 02:21 am (UTC)
Oy! Will fix immediately!!!
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2008-02-10 04:24 am (UTC)
*plotz*

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....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-10 05:43 am (UTC)
It generally has to start with a real motivation, an actual need. But something might come up!
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[User Picture]From: dglenn
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-10 05:46 am (UTC)

Re: Somebody has to quote it

We're on a mission from God.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2008-02-10 05:33 pm (UTC)
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).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-10 05:51 pm (UTC)
I believe in the "pay it forward" method of karmic repayment, too.
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2008-02-11 11:56 pm (UTC)
I just spent the weekend driving to NYC and back so I could go to a Siouxie show. So I get it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-02-12 12:36 am (UTC)
I bet!

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.")
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