On the Road Again
Trip Start Jun 15, 2004
9Trip End Jul 28, 2004
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I was tired, having spent my first evening out at a questionable motel in Hays, Kansas. The price was right, and included free Sunny Delight for breakfast and free audio access to all surrounding rooms. Perhaps the final clue that I had wandered into a budget motel was the sign in the bathroom that read, "Please do not use the towels to wipe down your car." Well, dang, then what the heck are they there for??
I admit to being a little nervous as I pulled into Centerville, Ohio
Though Centerville, Ohio may not sound like a cultural mecca, I left more cultured than when I came. It was a weekend of Firsts, starting with my First Manhattan. This is Brian's Dad's drink of choice, and a tasty one at that. A little alcoholic, though, and since it seemed inappropriate to dance on the tables at the Dayton Raquetball Club's shih-shih restaurant, I only had a few sips. I spent the rest of the evening being wined and dined as I probably never have been before--Hal knows how to treat a lady, and he treated me pretty well, too.
Another first for the week--Brian's mom, Mary, and her Special Someone Bob treated me and Brian to my very first ever baseball game. Here is something that I think everyone needs to know: THEY BRING THE BEER RIGHT TO YOUR SEAT
We spent the 4th at an Arts festival in downtown Dayton. The music was amazing--we spent much of our time listening to D'Gary, a musician from Madagascar whose real name consists of 17 consonants and an "a," or something like that. The fireworks were otherworldly, mostly because while the sky to our right lit up with fireworks set to music like "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" and "At Last my Love has Come Along," lightning danced across the sky to our left, lighting up the river and causing the sizable crowd to gasp in unison. We were lying in the grass on a fairly steep incline, and I couldn't imagine the chaos if it downpoured and the banks of the RiverScape turned to sludge. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, we all stayed dry.
So there's Ohio for you