Wow, it’s been a Hard Day’s Night.
This weekend is Ponycon. A year ago, that didn’t mean much around our house, but things have changed. OK, here’s the story: a few year ago, while on a road trip to Crazy Horse Monument, Lisa and I drove through Riverside Iowa, the future birthplace of Captain James T Kirk (( click me! )) a federation captain known for piloting the USS Enterprise. While there, she picked up a copy of Year One by Five Year Mission . Well, as it turns out, these guys are QUITE good and this is not their only band. They range from a Guns’ n’ Roses cover band to the surf-influenced Madeira to this one:
The Shake Ups in Ponyville!!!
When Lisa found out they were playing Ponycon, she bought a ticket then asked if I would be her road-trip backup if none of her friends could go.
“Road trip?” is always answered “yes”, so at about 3p Friday, we climbed into the KIA and hit the road.
Along the way, we went past the old site of the 50 foot Jesus Status (Solid Rock Church on US23 in Ohio).
I always wanted to post a picture of that. Not that it’s great art, but I admire anything on that scale!
It was a long drive, but beautiful. Really. We’ve been on several of these long trips and this one was magic. Almost no traffic right from Ann Arbor and all the way into Manhattan. Just the road curving along ahead of us, an assortment of different music and stops every few hours at the truck stops for snacks.
We listened to Tom Ashbrook’s interview with David Duchovney, a mediocre 2-CD set of “classic cowboy songs” (75% unknowns and the ones I did know weren’t the recordings that hit the radio), and a whole lot of me listening to the sound track of Season 1 of the X-Files while Lisa watched them on my laptop. (The KIA’s a stick and she can’t drive it, so I had the duty the whole time.)
We hit NYC about 1 a.m. There was construction at the Holland Tunnel but Lisa used GPS and got us to the hotel by 2.
We’re at the Super 8 at Union and 3rd St. (not Ave). It’s actually a very nice a place and I want to write them up on Tripadvisor. I looked at SO many hotels over here that had bad reviews. (Of course, I’m shopping “under $100″ so my selection is limited.)
The morning was rough – after we were seated WAY in the back, we waited 12 minutes before we got up and left because nobody came by. But we found a great little bagel shop across the street and enjoyed. I dropped her at St. Frances College and headed back to work on my Performance project for Eastern. Good progress all around.
She had a great day, hung out a little with P.J., I taxied over for Indian, then worked at Starbucks the rest of the night. We just got back, I’m finishing this, then a few episodes of X-Files and off to sleep.
Words for the wise today? Road Trip!