|Roberta shredding Mexico|
Archives for August 2012
I honestly had to be excused so I could go to the bathroom and collect myself. I didn’t want to look like a high maintenance baby in front of everyone and get upset over catfish nuggets.
Dave had told me we were going to an organic buffet called Casey’s for dinner that was expensive at $10, but worth every penny. He even encouraged Scott, Jason and I to lighten up on lunch and any snacks to leave room for this “healthy” feast. He practically slapped my hand away from the humus and pita chips appetizer his mom had set up for us on the back porch. We had been in North Carolina for almost 24 hours and had been on a few Dave adventures already, including a half mile paddle across a busy boating channel with a river like current, hiking across an island with our boards and camera gear, and surfing. It was the exercise I had been missing and craving, but by 7:00 p.m. I was starving. Bring on the Whole Foods style buffet!
But Casey’s was anything but organic. I didn’t see a single thing in there that wasn’t deep fried, besides the gravy which you could have served with a fork. There were pictures on the wall of assorted outhouses and real pig feet in the buffet. I caught a glimpse of what I thought was blood on the carpeting. Maybe it was barbecue sauce. Maybe it was animal blood…maybe it was human!
After we approached the serving area, I was sure there wasn’t anything I would eat and made my way to the bathroom to cut down on the amount of time I would have to spend smelling and looking at the pigs parts on people’s plates.
This is how Dave was, though. He lived for shock value. He loved seeing how we would react to heart attack inducing animal parts when we were expecting a salad bar. He would tell us we could sleep in only to wake us up at 6 a.m., jumping on our bed hollering an ACDC song he had blaring on an i-pod speaker while wearing a vest, cowboy hat and using a broom as a guitar.
I guess Dave was delivering the lesson I had been waiting for. The one I knew was in some crack or around a turn on this road trip. The lesson where I had to learn not to rely so heavily on expectations because life likes serve you pig feet instead of lemons.
I wrote this all down while I was in line for the bathroom and when I realized it was my turn, I didn’t even want to go. The floor was covered with toilet paper and the handle had …soap on it?
I couldn’t feel bad for myself anymore, though. Not over catfish nuggets I expected to be kale.
Later that night, Dave took us on a walk. He made us slog across low, wet paths saying things like “step lightly to avoid water moccasins” and took us tiptoeing behind peoples’ houses that had residents he said had killed people and other things like “don’t talk as we go behind this house, this women is a proud confederate with a gun!”
I never could tell if he was telling the truth, but one thing I was sure of was that you always came away with good stories when you were with Dave.
I made a million observations of him and the reason was, he had given so much thought to living right and always seemed to be having a good time. I’ll probably never want to be just like him, but if I’m like him a little bit, I’d be happy.
Dave and Jason were Scott’s roommates in San Diego for five years. There were others that lived with them during those years and to us, they are the brothers we never had growing up. I never call them “Scott’s friends”, though, I call them “our friends” because I’m happy to think they are mine too.
We’ve only just met, but I feel like I know you. You’ve only been in three dozen of the movies I’ve seen, after all. I can only imagine the adventures a person could have in this city. I’m so used to having mine at sea, but after visiting your concrete playground filled with underground mazes and over-water bridges, I understand that adventure can happen just about anywhere. After our first meeting, I can’t wait to see you again so I can get to know you better.
|sisters talking and getting ready to go out|
|the Gold Bar, get it? It was creepily awesome!|
|subway sisters [left to right/oldest to youngest me, Danielle, Maddie]|
|vegetarian meatballs with pesto and risotto at The Meatball Shop on the Lower East Side. It was killer!|
|Sister in the city; Danielle lives here full time|
|my first attempt at hailing a cab|
|a rooftop view of the skyline|
|Eataly and Birreria|
|[clockwise from left Lindsey, me, Scott, Danielle]|
|tired, can’t you tell?|
|brother and sister|
|Scott at his father’s childhood house in Muscatine, Iowa|
|Our friends Kate and Mike on their big day! The wedding was perfect and we love them immensely|
|Deep dish pizza at Gino’s in Chicago|
|Gotham city, ha. Or, rather, biking through Chicago with our friends in the rain|
|Vegetarian pierogis made by my friend Basia’s mom// Starting the morning with a hot breakfast on this trip has been rare. You better believe we enjoyed it!|
I also think it’s important to commit yourself to learning the sport inside and out. When I got serious about surfing, I read every magazine and book I could get my hands on and watched all the movies I could. I practiced out of the water by riding an indo and skate board.
~staying at a friend’s cool house!
Yes, that’s right, I convinced Scott to participate in this little vlog, helping me give you a tour of our car-camping setup as we travel from coast to coast.
I hope you are all doing well!
We are enjoying Yellowstone and will be heading to Mt. Rushmore next, then off to Iowa for a dear friend’s wedding. Today there has been a little bit of rain, but the warm kind, so we approve.
1. Moonrise Kingdom- We love Wes Anderson and this film is very Wes Andersony. It’s creative and unique, but also really cute.
2. Adventureland-I always like watching movies in the summer that take place during the summer. I think most people are probably that way, so this statement is nothing original. Anyways, Adventureland is about a dude, played by Jesse Eisenberg, that gets a summer job at an amusement park. It’s a love story with a great sense of humor.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird- This is my favorite book, so it only makes sense that I love the movie. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it, although I recommend reading the book first.
4. The Sandlot- I don’t really need to tell you that this movie is awesome, do I ? Mischievous kids learning about life through neighborhood baseball games, again, in the summer.
5. Shelter- One of my all-time favorite surf movies. It came out in 2001 and to this day contains some of my favorite surfing and surfers, plus the soundtrack and scenery just make you love life. It is set in remote parts of Australia. Watch the trailer here; available on Amazon.
6. and 7. Batman Begins & The Dark Knight-We’re Batman fans who really enjoy Christian Bale as Batman.
8. Fantastic Mr. Fox– This movie is so cute/funny/creative/unique/lovable. It’s probably one of my favorite movies.
9. A Broke Down Melody-Another classic surf film from the early 2000s. Beautiful cinematography and an epic soundtrack. You don’t even really have to be into surfing to enjoy it (same with Shelter, mentioned above). This film was made by Jack Johnson and is available on Amazon as well.