TIOGA Tour Day 9 & 10

12/20/16 Day 9: Silver Springs, Maryland --> Washington D.C./ Alexandria, VA

  • Molly and her mom made us breakfast with pancakes and bacon- amazing
  • Made our way to Michelle's- she had help from her mom and best friend to make us cookies 
  • Derrick got a wonderful job offer- v proud 
  • We all cramped into the car to head to D.C.
  • While we were looking for food, Derrick and I got distracted by a glass elevator because we wanted to be in Willy Wonka 
  • Elevator was cool, but it went down one floor into a hotel so we aborted real quick
  • Ended up eating in Fuddruckers. Got a banging burger, and split an Oreo shake with Michelle. Also shared it with Rick and Greg- I think Greg was more excited than I was 
  • Wanted to simply used the bathroom and the door clearly said "Broken Use At Own Risk". I thought it just meant that it wouldn't lock. Nope, it meant I was going to get locked in the bathroom without even getting to release my bladder
  • Went into a very interesting candy store 
  • Wanted to see the archives, modern art, dinosaurs, and space but there was only 25 minutes left of them being open 
  • Meg, Greg, and I walked around modern art for a bit while Rick, Michelle, and Austin went to Air & Space 
  • The one time Greg asks me for a picture, I am incompetent and it's blurry- but there's something about it I like (sorry Greg we'll try again)
  • I was able to see a Jasper John's and a few O'Keefe's
  • When everything closed we walked to the Capitol building. The reflecting pool was partially frozen; Austin touched it. 
  • There was a mother and daughter that wanted a picture so everyone acted like a photo crew with their phone flashlights 
  • Walked to the tree in front of the Capitol building since everything else was closed off 
  • Austin really loves trains so we went to Union Station and saw more trees
  • They also had an FYE that was closing, so I walked into the portal of my past and ended up getting Donnie Darko for five bucks 
  • Walked back to the car to head to Hard Times Cafe which was back in Virginia 
  • When Meg called earlier they gave some misinformation about sign up time, but fortunately the host (who reminded me of Wallace Shawn) helped the guys get on really early in the night 
  • This place seemed to revolve around chili so I was looking for an ~off the hook~ night as the youngins say- I was disappointed 
  • Greg, Rick and I were really stoked to get a chili sampler and split two things of chili. We never got the sampler and weren't really impressed with the chili we did get. Meg didn't even get her order and Austin's was brought to the wrong table. It was kind of busy, but the service was very poor and it seemed we were the only table not being checked on. So it kind of put a downer on the chili throne and I should have kept to my roots of homemade chili only
  • Cincinnati chili is not chili, it is pasta
  • Greg and Rick lightened the mood on our ride back to Michelle with some knee slappin' jokes
  • Rick, Austin and I talked about music
  • Quotes of the day
    • Derrick:
      •  There was a cherry in the whipped cream of the shake. Greg ate it before Rick could grab it, I offered the whipped cream it touched and Rick goes, "That's like saying: 'Do you want to lick the floor, Miley Cyrus walked on it'"
      • In Hard Times Cafe dying of dehydration: "Hey can I get a couple of waters? I'm fragile and independent"
      • "What would Ashley's name be if she worked in a hotel? Ashley Bellman"
    • Greg:
      • "What would Ashley's name be if she only took pictures of mayonnaise? Ashley Hellman"
      • "What would Ashley's name be if she only took pictures of things between a solid and liquid substance? Ashley Jellman"
      • When I couldn't see out the window: "Wow if only someone with a camera could see this right now..."

12/21/16 Day 10: MD --> Philly

  • Nothing really for today. It was mostly just heading back to Philly for the day
  • Ate fries from Nathans aka the superior fry
  • The guys went and rehearsed with Steve, who will be their drummer for NJ and NY, while Meg and I went home
  • My house is empty and quiet. I miss everyone already, but I'm also closer to seeing my cat