New mission

Well, my empty to-do list lasted exactly 24 hours. But the item that’s on there now is a fun one.

This evening, I learned that a dear friend of mine — who is a pretty seasoned road warrior in his own right, with a penchant for putting in 14-hour stints behind the wheel — is so committed to getting from Point A to Point B that he staunchly refuses to stop for the night, wander into a town in search of unforgettable ambrosia hidden in some unassuming mom-and-pop diner, or even venture beyond the cluster of chains around the exit ramp to spend 15 minutes trolling for photo ops.

Do I have to tell you what my new mission in life is?

All I want is an afternoon. Just one afternoon with my friend and his wife on the Mother Road. If it takes more than that, he’s a lost cause. But I predict I’ll have him hooked before the Starlight Express finishes crossing the Rock Creek Bridge … and whatever I can’t do, Dawn “Sally” Welch and her crew at the Rock Cafe can. πŸ™‚


12 thoughts on “New mission”

  1. On an unrelated note, what do you think of the Cubs situation? I personally support it bigtime. A girlfriend of mine at work is a giant Cubs fan, too. I got to work before she did this morning, so I made a sign and taped it to her door that had Dusty’s portrait on it and said, “So long, Dusty…Don’t let the screen door hit ya’….”

    Personally, I was peeved back when they fired Riggleman. Yes, the players hated him, and yes, if he’d stayed, Mark Grace probably would’ve murdered him, but bottom line was, he knew how to run that team the way it needed to be run. Baker did an OK job for the first year or so, but he’s never had it in him to be a great manager, if you ask me.

    My girlfriend, Jackie, is clinging to hopes that Jody Davis might take the team. Actually, it seems plausible. He’s been out and about a lot lately, on the TV and in the papers. I think that would be a great thing. (Not as great as if Mr. Grace said goodbye to a certain expansion team’s telecasts and came-a-runnin’, but still pretty awesome.) Of course, for that matter, I’d imagine Ryno’s going to be rocking around his big ol’ house with nothing to do pretty soon…I think his son is getting to be college-age now, isn’t he? Hmmmmmm….

  2. Dusty’s whiny riff about how the mean ol’ sportswriters were to blame for the Cubs’ failings a couple of years ago pretty much told me all I needed to know about him.

    To quote Tom Hanks: “There’s no crying in baseball!” Especially not in Chicago. Take it like a man. If you don’t like the criticism, prove ’em wrong by bucking the billy goat and bringing home a Series win.

    Sandberg for manager … interesting thought. I wouldn’t cry if Jody Davis came home, either.

  3. Check out my blog today and click on the link where it says, “dear old #17″……….Mark wants the job!!! To quote another famous Cub personality, “Holy Cowwwww!” πŸ™‚

    My girlfriend, Jackie, about peed her pants when I showed her the article. πŸ™‚

  4. Yeah, but they’re not as good as the Twinkies. They dip the candy bars in a very mediocre corn dog batter, and it gets all tough and chewy. I think they’d be better if they used honest-to-goodness Cozy Dog batter, which is a bit fluffier.

    The Twinkies are dipped in funnel cake batter, or something that resembles it, which seems more appropriate. The textures work together much better.

  5. You didn’t have to be THAT graphic…now there’s a crazy pregnant lady drooling excessively in Carbondale… Hehe.

  6. If you’d like, I could also tell you what I intend to order when I talk my superslab-speeding friend into that trip to the Rock Cafe. Suffice it to say it will be a meal able to cure him of his interstate addiction forever. πŸ˜‰

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