The dog days of summer are in full swing, and my mind is drifting to thoughts of vacationing. I’m a homebody, almost to a fault, which is why I’m still a bit surprised that I’m going to take two trips in the next four weeks — one with my fellow Harpies and one to California to see sister.of.a.lesser.god and some awesome friends. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a trip: my last vacation was February 2008, and before that it was December 2004. There are plenty of faraway places I’d love to go, such as New Zealand (hence the picture at right), Scotland, Madagascar, and Egypt, although I’d also do just about anything to spend a summer seeing a baseball game at every stadium in the Major Leagues. My best vacation was unquestionably a humble American road trip in 2003, in which I drove from New York to Texas to pick up one friend, then swung up to Illinois to pick up another, then hightailed it back to NYC. It may not sound very exciting, but it was an amazing experience, filled with such memories as:
- Getting into a verbal sparring match with a Bible-thumping proselytizer outside of the Alamo and being told that I was going to burn in hell.
- Eating at the Hobbit Cafe in Houston and washing down my meal with a Pippin pina colada.
- Seeing a life-size cardboard cut-out of President Clinton in the lobby of the Econo-Lodge in Hope, Arkansas.
- Killing time on the long stretches of the Interstate by taking turns with my friends reading passages from a bodice-ripping romance novel entitled The Princess and Her Pirate, in which a rogue, kilted Scottish pirate named Laird Cairn MacTavish seduces a headstrong princess. The pirate’s penis is its own character, complete with a name (Hoary) and its own dialogue! A sample of this literary masterpiece: “Beneath his kilt he hardened and grew. Sometimes Hoary, as Cairn called his favorite nether part, forgot the greater good, preferring to embark on his own endeavors.” Seriously, click the link to see the insane cover.
Hopefully my upcoming vacations will create more awesome memories. So, the question for this Fun Thread is: what was your best vacation? And what is your dream vacation?