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Mrs. Gardens Goes to Washington

You know how Dooce is forever being asked to appear at the White House and talk about blogging, so she's always flying first class to D.C.?

Yeah.

No one asked me to show up, and I am taking a train–regular boring-person class. Nevertheless, I am leaving for Washington D.C. to spend the weekend with my close, personal friend Sleeping Beauty, who happens to live there. Everyone stalk her!

I am upcited to take the train. The last time I took a really long train ride was when I moved from Michigan to Seattle in 1992. My father, who does not give a lot of fatherly advice, told me to get a sleeping car. Oh no, I told him, I don't need one. "No really," he insisted, "it's a three-day trip. You'll need a sleeping car. I'll even pay the difference," he said.

I wouldn't hear of it.

After about 20 hours of sitting upright, who hated herself? Who wished she had listened to dad? Also too, when the DING DANG train derailed in Pocatella, Idaho, and the train was delayed by a DAY, who really really REALLY wished she'd listened to dad?

When I finally got to Seattle, my friend who met me said, "Welcome to Seattle. You look like shit."

Fortunately my train is going nowhere near Pocatella, so I am certain to be safe.

Sane 
Sleeping Beauty and I are going to Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity, and we are standing here beside ourselves with excitement. Once I heard about this rally, I had to go. The whole point of it is, yes, we can disagree politically, but do we have to be nasty to each other? Even though I don't agree with you, I don't have to put a Hitler mustache on your photo, do I?

So off we go. To rally. Sanely. Moderately. And not in Pocatella. Where we'll get derailed.

Afterwards, we have many Halloween parties to attend, which should be interesting because Sleeping has to run a marathon the next morning. And you know how she enjoys shooting up the herrroyn. So I don't even know how that's gonna work.

Sanet 
So I don't know if I'll be a-blogging from Sleeping's house or not. But I will take pictures. Maybe I'll just decide to throw caution to the wind and run the marathon. Or, you know, not.

Y'all all have a lovely weekend. Be sane.

63 thoughts on “Mrs. Gardens Goes to Washington

  1. Take LOTS of pictures. I am so out of any current cultural reference that I had to ask hubby which guy was conservative and which was liberal. But it sounds like such a good time, and just what the country needs right now (humor and sanity).
    Have a great time. I love train trips, and I have to agree with your dad – anything over 12 hours and you NEED a sleeper. Those coach seats are not made to sleep comfortably in, otherwise no-one would buy those expensive sleepers.

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  2. I am soooo jealous! I would so be at the rally if I weren’t a responsible mom and employee of a school district. I even have a place I could stay in DC!!! Have a great time, I am totally behind this effort. As if we will ever have reason in this country – that ship has sailed, I’m afraid.

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  3. Well HELL. I meant to say, wrong side of the (THE) keyboard.

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  4. DuffyLOU….I’m sorry my dear. Wrong side of he keyboard.

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  5. Sounds like the Pie group could stage their own little camp meeting at the rally in DC. Y’all have fun; safe and responsible fun that is.

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  6. FYI – Supposed to be a beayoootiful weekend up here in DC-land!
    I will look for y’all on the TV…I went to the inauguration and that has cured me of ever wanting to deal with huge crowds in D.C. Though it was worth it!

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  7. Hulk… you are hilarity, incarnate.
    June, I’ll be there! We live in Frederick, Md which is about 40 miles from D.C., and have friends coming from South Carolina to come to the rally too! Chances are slim, but it would be so cool if I see you! Have fun and safe travels.

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  8. P.S., my Poky family are railroaders! You may have seen some of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. P.S., my Poky family are railroaders! You may have seen some of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. P.S., my Poky family are railroaders! You may have seen some of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Hey, June..it is Pocatello, btw. I know it doesn’t really matter, but I feel compelled to correct you since I have family there!
    WHAT?? You did not enjoy your delay in the windiest city of the NorthWestern States?

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  12. Hey, June..it is Pocatello, btw. I know it doesn’t really matter, but I feel compelled to correct you since I have family there!
    WHAT?? You did not enjoy your delay in the windiest city of the NorthWestern States?

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  13. Hey, June..it is Pocatello, btw. I know it doesn’t really matter, but I feel compelled to correct you since I have family there!
    WHAT?? You did not enjoy your delay in the windiest city of the NorthWestern States?

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  14. Duffylow…you’re killin me smalls!

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  15. Duffylow…you’re killin me smalls!

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  16. Duffylow…you’re killin me smalls!

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  17. I am curious to see how many citizens descend on D.C. tomorrow. We all know that people have lost faith in our cities, counties and country’s leaders. Hopefully a rally in this spirit might spark a flame to make folks take an interest again.
    Have a safe trip. Dress warm you don’t want to get Chile. Though that would be a miner detail.

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  18. “Now, someone called it a ‘million-dollar wound’, but the Army must keep that money ’cause Ah ain’t seen a nickel a’ that million dollahs…”

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  19. THAT’S what our costumes should be!
    (I’ve always loved the Waldo costume idea, too.. but we reference that specific part of Forrest Gump ALL. THE. TIME.)
    “You know what I think? I think you should go home to Greenbow AlaBAMA!!”

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  20. “JENNY!!!!!”
    “I’m glad we were heah tegethah in our nation’s cap-i-tal…”

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  21. “JENNY!!!!!”
    “I’m glad we were heah tegethah in our nation’s cap-i-tal…”

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  22. “JENNY!!!!!”
    “I’m glad we were heah tegethah in our nation’s cap-i-tal…”

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  23. You’re going to have a great time in DC! I’d definitely go if it weren’t Halloween time in Salem and we are hosting a big bash tomorrow night! I’d love to see Jon Stewart live, in-person. He’s one of my top five. LOVE him!

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  24. Or one of the ones on wheels that look like a briefcase…I don’t know what those are called though.

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  25. Or one of the ones on wheels that look like a briefcase…I don’t know what those are called though.

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  26. Or one of the ones on wheels that look like a briefcase…I don’t know what those are called though.

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  27. Man bag…..I think that was what I was thinking about. Messenger style bag.

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  28. Man bag…..I think that was what I was thinking about. Messenger style bag.

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  29. Man bag…..I think that was what I was thinking about. Messenger style bag.

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  30. We’ve already made the trip from SC…can’t wait for the rally. LMK if you want to do lunch – there are a few “Coastal” bloggers getting together and you’re welcome to join us.

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  31. You have secretly been “training” for a marathon…riding on a train.
    Don’t forget to carb up while you are out partying. You know…stop at the pasta bar…pig out…party on !
    We can hope for some sanity….they live in another world than the one I live in though…so I think they will never look sane to me.
    Party on sister …. are you wearing costumes to the rally? Like a suit,tie and briefcase(I know , they aren’t called briefcases anymore,hello stone age).
    On a somber note, be careful marathoning…they have been shooting at marine related buildings in D.C. and it is a marine marathon, but no, you don’t look like a building , do you? Anyway don’t dress up like a marine building. Okay?

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  32. You have secretly been “training” for a marathon…riding on a train.
    Don’t forget to carb up while you are out partying. You know…stop at the pasta bar…pig out…party on !
    We can hope for some sanity….they live in another world than the one I live in though…so I think they will never look sane to me.
    Party on sister …. are you wearing costumes to the rally? Like a suit,tie and briefcase(I know , they aren’t called briefcases anymore,hello stone age).
    On a somber note, be careful marathoning…they have been shooting at marine related buildings in D.C. and it is a marine marathon, but no, you don’t look like a building , do you? Anyway don’t dress up like a marine building. Okay?

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  33. You have secretly been “training” for a marathon…riding on a train.
    Don’t forget to carb up while you are out partying. You know…stop at the pasta bar…pig out…party on !
    We can hope for some sanity….they live in another world than the one I live in though…so I think they will never look sane to me.
    Party on sister …. are you wearing costumes to the rally? Like a suit,tie and briefcase(I know , they aren’t called briefcases anymore,hello stone age).
    On a somber note, be careful marathoning…they have been shooting at marine related buildings in D.C. and it is a marine marathon, but no, you don’t look like a building , do you? Anyway don’t dress up like a marine building. Okay?

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  34. I’m like your other DC-er up there – I’ll be steering clear of the rally. :p But I’m sure it will be a lot of fun – and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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  35. Have fun! My husband tried to get me to go to that rally because we’re right near DC, but I have very important laundry to do (am not a political rally kind of person, even though this one does look less political-rally-y than most).
    If you end up in Loudoun County at any point let me know. I could take a break from laundry to meet up with one of my favorite bloggers who doesn’t know me from Eve ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  36. I am simply excited to know what this rally is. Until reading my daily dose of June’s The Pie, as we call it here in my house, I had no idea such a rally existed. Thank you, June for keeping me up to date on the current events.
    Equally excited to see pictures. That Sleeping Beauty and you are a funny pair. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  37. So, so fun! Restoring sanity, Amen. Amen.
    I am clearly into saying words twice today.
    My cousin runs marathons. He went to a U2 concert with me in Chicago and afterwards we had cocktails and dinner and managed to crawl home at 2:30 am. But there he was, running a marathon in the morning and in good time. But he’s 26, so there’s that.
    Have a great time. Choo-Choo!

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  38. Look time lurker here…I live in Alexandria just out of D.C.! Of course being a D.C. native I tend to stay away from the big events…have fun! Remember if you take the metro – walk to the left, stand to the right.

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