Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Come along and ride...

on a fantastic voyage
slide slide, slippity-slide
-Coolio, Fantastic Voyage

Thirty Days of Thanksgiving, Day #16 (only a day late!). Yesterday, I was thankful for road trips.

I must preface this with the reminder that I hate road trips. Okay, I don't hate road trips. I'd put a pen in my eye before joining my hubby on his different-baseball-stadium-every-day-for-a-summer dream trip, but I don't hate them. I just don't love long trips.

I am thankful, however, for the opportunity that car trips provide to talk. Yesterday, I took a road trip with a girl that I liked a lot but I didn't know that well. Something about being stuck together in a car for 3 hours opens up conversations and gives you a chance to really talk. We found that we had a lot in common beyond the mutual friend we were going to see. Another 3 hour trip today (listening to the 90's channel on XMRadio - thus the song lyric inspiration!), and she's a friend.

Mom and I used to enjoy trips to swim meets for that same reason. It was probably the only way she could my pre-teen self to slow down and talk to her. Derek and I have enjoyed many an hour talking politics & religion - issues that sometimes get pushed to the back burner when we're busy talking about who's gonna take the kids to school tomorrow.

So, anybody wanna drive me somewhere?


Anonymous said...

I love road trips (hence the reason we are driving to NC for Christmas... that and the insanely expensive airfare). I especially loved our most recent road trip with Jay to Charlotte when I was there in October. What a great way for some cousin-ly bonding!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, I'd join Derek on that baseball stadium trip in a minute. I've only made it to four. Fenway, a millions times of course, San Fran Giants' Pacbell Park, Baltimore's Oriole's Stadium (original) and Camden, and the new Tiger Stadium in Detroit. I have a loooong way to go to hit them all.

Katrine said...

I'll road trip with you anytime!! I agree that the car is an amazing place to learn and converse...and laugh if you like NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me as much as I do!

Anonymous said...

I just took you on a road trip - must not have been too memorable since no mention of it!! I'll have to find more interesting subjects to discuss for the next one!! AJ

Lisa said...


Emily said...

I agree with you 100% although I couldn't have said it as eloquently...I'm thankful for a new friend, and I'll go on a road trip with you anytime!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, ooh, pick me!! I'll drive!!

Anne T.