We were on the road by 7:00 AM, after getting some snacks for the road and filling up my gas tank, that is.
It was a decent drive. JT and I have discovered that we speak a new language, which I'll discuss in a different post, but, suffice it to say, we figured out that we have a new form of communication that we've simply labaled "Punchline-ese". You'll understand it better later.
Moving on. We took 22 to 220 then to I-80. We hit a lot of traffic on I-80. Construction Sucks! In fact, where we first got onto the Interstate we were entering a construction zone. JT pondered aloud that with our Mapquest directions stating that we had 103 miles to go on 80, it couldn't all be construction. I replied "No. It'll be broken up by about a half a mile stretch of no construction every so often.". We would've laughed if we hadn't suspected it to be the truth. Unfortunately it seemed to be the truth.
Stopped for a bite, at about 10:00 AM, at this place called The Twilight Diner. I have no idea what part of the state we were in, but we figured it was close to our halfway point for the trip. It was just this rinky-dink little diner that sits pretty much out in the middle of nowhere. JT and Liz each had something light and breakfast-y. I went for the fish sandwich with fries and cole slaw. And, yes, I did put the fries and slaw on the sandwich. Because every Pittsburgher knows that that's the only way to eat a fish sandwich.
We got back on the road by 10:30, and just kept on rolling. We made it to our hotel by 1:45, and couldn't believe that we were staying in this dump. P.Dave booked it through Travelocity, but it was nowhere near the description that was listed. It was probably a nice enough place at one time. And probably not too long ago either, but now it was crap.
To complicate matters, they tried to stick all of us into the room that P.Dave booked for himself for the previous night (P.Dave had to be there the previous night for other meetings, etc...). That's when we pulled out the confirmation sheets and showed them that there were supposed to be 2 rooms booked, not just one. Especially since P.Dave was charged for 2 rooms. It took a few moments, but they managed to find us another room.
The original plans had been for me and JT to share one room while P.Dave was going to share his room with our Teen Rep. But with our original Teen Rep falling through, that had to change. So I bunked with P.Dave, while JT and Liz got the other room.
We didn't have any time to settle in. We had to register for the Assembly and set up the equipment that we brought. And we were pressed for time since there was a service scheduled to kick things off at 4:00. Still, we made it with time to spare.
The service itself was very interesting since it was all done in Slovak. I couldn't understand any of it, but it was all very intriguing. All but the sermon, that is. The sermon was in English.
Afterwards there was a dinner at the hall where the rest of the Assembly was going to be held. The hall itself belongs to the church where the service was held. It's called The Lutheran Club. And I believe that it's a club in the same sense as Italian Clubs and Slovak Clubs and any number of other clubs as such, because there was a bar in this hall. But it wasn't open for us.
Anyways, after dinner there was some business conducted, which I'll spare you the boring details of. But after that there was a bit of time for us to all just mull around and meet one another. Then it was back to the hotel.
At the hotel we all gathered in mine and P.Dave's room to watch Blazing Saddles. P.Dave hadn't seen it in years, and Liz never had, so they enjoyed it thoroughly. We all had a few good laughs and then it was off to bed.
Labels: Friends, Getting away from it all, My life