Friday, June 1, 2007

New Rule: NO driving on Friday afternoons.

We went into the tunnel to leave Manhattan at noon. We zipped through New Jersey 1-2-3.
We hit Pennsylvania and we hit a time warp. We were scheduled to meet George and Connie in Carlisle at 4:30. Plenty of time to go to our hotel, clean up, buy some flowers, and arrive at 4:32. We hit LOTS of traffic. There were traffic jams at every construction site even though NONE of the construction sites had ANY workers there. They started the weekend early, but I supposed that the locals are so used to stopping at these sites they would slowdown so they could catch up on their phonecalls or paperwork or something.
We would call George occassionally to tell him where we were, but he would reply with a tone that said he had been through it all before.

We had been hoping to spend some time at the Miniature museum at Roadside America (because Griff said that we HAD to), but we ran into a few delays and missed meetings with folks in Brooklyn and got a late start, but not that late.

We sat at toll plazas for 20 minutes at a time even when we were in the EZ-Pass lane.

We finally got to George and Connie's at 6:30 or so. We met their son Ed, and of course Bruce the dog. We had some stiff drinks, and great conversation. George grilled us an EXCELLENT meal which we thoroughly enjoyed. George and Connie do a lot of work with local kids from troubled homes that need some help and love. They put in a lot of effort but the results seem to be impressive. They are saving lives.

We all went out for a ride around town in George's 1966 Oldsmobile 442 convertible.
It was great. We saw a lot of historical places including the Army War College which is what rew George to the area in the first place. The college has a huge library of war documentation which George uses to write books about the civil war.

They won't be able to make it to the Muster this year, but we are going to visit them this winter in Miami, and we will be staying in Carlisle for the big car show in the fall.

We said our goodbyes and thanks and went to the hotel (the traffic was gone, whew!).
A very good evening.


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