|Usually, this is a fun ride. USUALLY...|
I swear to you, I was ready to garrote myself with my 40-inch circulars only 15 minutes into this ordeal. And then, for some reason, one of the kids started asking for definitions of words, definitions that were then also given in the loud, fake teaching voice (my teeth are on edge, remembering it). "Daddy," the little tyke said (loudly), "what does 'courteous' mean?" "Well, honey," he said, his voice resonating throughout the car, "it means being considerate of other people."
Irony, folks - it doesn't get any better than that.
|Funny - he doesn't LOOK like a mom...|
So! LTYM was fun, although again it felt as though I was the only person who showed up alone. I can't seem to get any of my IRL friends interested in this blogging/story-telling scene. I sat there, with my knitting, and acted as though I were just waiting for someone to show up. That's right - I "saved" the seat next to me. It made me feel better.
After the show, in an unwonted fit of extroversion, I even tried to go hang out with the cast and audience at a nearby hotel bar; but, once I walked in there, I realized I had no idea how to order a drink in a crowded bar. I mean, I just wanted to circulate with a Coke in my hand, but how did I get the glass of soda in the first place? And how was I supposed to pay for it? Was I supposed to elbow my way to the bar, where people were already sitting? Was I supposed to sit at one of the tables and wait for someone to take my order? WHERE WAS THE CASH REGISTER?
So I left. I am such a loser sometimes. Really.
|Old-fashioned GPS, I guess|
Then it was time to find my childhood best friend, who happened to be flying into DC that very afternoon, for business. Now, I probably haven't mentioned this, but this was the same friend with whom I flunked orienteering in 6th grade, because we couldn't count steps and use a compass to save our lives. So here we both were in DC, equipped with GPS on our smartphones, STILL having trouble meeting up. It was like a game of Marco Polo, only a lot hotter and more tiring. We finally ended up on facing street corners, waving madly at each other as if we had trekked across Africa to accomplish this meeting.
I got my Coke at her hotel. It was less confusing there.
So, yup, a busy day, during which I am sure my poor abandoned children subsisted (happily) on potato chips and chocolate chip cookies and my overworked spouse enjoyed some peace and quiet, without me there to ask him just WHEN he was going to remove our cartop carrier from our tiny townhouse backyard. Which is totally another story, but I've rambled on long enough here, you poor people. I'm going to leave you now and try Googling for proper customer etiquette in a crowded upscale bar. That way, I'll be all set for LTYM 2016.
[Metro image: Wikipedia]
[LTYM photo: Dad Or Alive]
[Compass image: CSP Forestry]