Hope you have had a pretty good day so far. I've just been putzin' around on the computer, doing a little of this n' that, stuff that I've neglected for a long while. But I'm all caught up and ready to blog!
Remember me telling you I had a speech impediment and there was a course in Norfolk, Virginia that dealt with the cure of stuttering? Well, today, if you don't mind, I'll tell you a little bit about that adventure. And it sure was an adventure!! We were there for a month, so I'll just pick out the funny highlights of the trip. The course itself was wonderful and I got a scholarship for $1500, which is great because if I hadn't gotten that, I couldn't have gone. The total course was $3,000. Cures don't come cheap, do they?
Anyway, we took this trip in September of 1999. We rode into Virginia on the tail of Tropical Storm Dennis. Man, I never saw it rain as hard as it did then! It was so cool! Thank God Grandma's car didn't leak, or we would have been soaked! We had reservations to stay at Motel 6 for the month, which wasn't too far from Eastern Virginia Medical School, where the course was being held. Here is a picture of the downpour at the motel:
I had the classes every day from 8am to about 5pm. I had the weekends off, so that is when we would go and venture out and sight see. We went on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which I absolutely loved! That sucker goes right INTO the ocean! It was hard to believe that when we were in the tunnel part we actually were in the ocean! Mom was really nervous, of course she never liked bridges. So I thank you, Mom for driving me through it, fear and all!! We stopped at one of the little parking areas and just relaxed and looked at the ocean on one side and the bay on the other. Here's a few photos:
We also traveled through Norfolk, too, and saw the Naval Dock Museum, I think it's called. Here are some photos:
ORANGE shirt? Blame it on the fibro again......
standard 10 rolls of film on essentially the same thing. But it's not! No two pictures are TOTALLY alike!! :0) Anyway, we go back to the car and that is when we discover one of the tires is totally flat. Well, none of us really knew how to change a flat and Grandma was starting to panic because her "baby" had a flat and should she buy just ONE tire or all four? The funny thing is, she had the tires checked right before the trip and Honda said they were good to go. Luck was on our side and this very nice man who looked so much like Montel Williams came over to us and offered to change our tire....free of charge! He wouldn't take even a tip. I took a picture of him because he resembled Montel so much, but I wasn't thinking straight and here's the photo I got of him:
When we returned to the motel to collapse, we found someone in there who wanted to hang a photo on the wall. We had no clue who he was, he was wearing plain clothes and just said he was to hang this picture up. Grandma shooed him away. Unfortunately, he didn't stay gone because when we were out the following day, he came into our room and installed the picture. Here's a photo of the picture:
While we were in Virginia, we ran into Hurricane Floyd and our course was canceled the day of land fall. Again, I had never seen rain pour like it did..not even in Michigan! We were anticipating loss of electricity, so Grandma cooked up our super at 10am and we'd have to eat it cold at supper time. Then we figured, that's stupid. It's fixed and we were hungry, so we ate it. We figured we could go out later if it ever stopped raining. It did for awhile and Mom and I went on a burger run. The following day, we went to Virginia Beach to inspect the damage and surprisingly, it didn't look too bad. We could even do the "tourist" thing and take our pictures by the beach balls:
My course had come to its end and it was time to pack up and head home. Yay! Although we had fun and a lot of laughs, we missed our own beds, our husbands and just plain ole' home! On the last day of my class, I had a group photo taken. I'm the hefty chick in the back row:
Our trip home was riddled with misadventures at practically every stop. The first night we made it all the way to Atlanta, Georgia and Mom was forced to get off on the wrong stop by the heavy flow of traffic - it practically pushed her off onto the ramp. We stayed at a Howard Johnsons. We were getting ready to have supper and went out and started walking, because we were tired of the car and we saw a restaurant right by the motel. Of course, that restaurant was on the OTHER side of the freeway - just the sign was visible from the freeway, making it seem like the restaurant was there, too. Well, we couldn't see Mom as scaling the fence and racing across four lanes of freeway traffic on one artificial hip! So, we went into our room and thought we'd order a pizza. Mom thought it would be good practice if I did that. So, with menu in hand (one was hanging on our door knob) I got the phone and called the pizza place. His accent was so hard to understand and I was getting all jumbled up again, so I hung up. I instantly started balling and ran into the bathroom. I had failed!! And only one day out of Ross's class!!
My mom picked up the phone and called the pizza place. Everything went smoothly until he needed the address. Mom is looking all over the phone, the desk, everywhere but no address was visible. Mom said, "We're in the Howard Johnson's off of exit...." (I forget which exit.) Grandma runs over to the front desk for the address and the desk clerk doesn't know!! Back in the motel room, Mom is getting upset. She said into the phone, "Thank you for your *bleep bleep* concern!" and she slams the phone down and says, "Mother, call and order us a pizza!" So it's Grandma's turn and she actually did find the address off of some letterhead stationary in the drawer. She calls the pizza place and we place our order. Finally!! Here's a photo of the drama. I label it "Pizza Panic!"
The next night, Grandma decides to treat us to a fancy hotel. We stop at the Holiday Inn Express in Shreveport, LA. Hey, the Holiday Inn is the Ritz to us Yuma folks!!! Anyway, we had a nice meal, I had pot roast, corn, mashed potatoes and it was so good. Until the stomach cramps and diarrhea started in. I pooped all night and clogged up our toilet! So I practiced my new found speech by asking for a plunger as our toilet is backed up!! Aye, Carrumba!
We stopped at the Welcome center and I got a cute shot of Mom by the state sign:
Over all the little mishaps we had, that was a trip I will never forget. Just the three of us, traveling the high and low roads across the country and all the stories we shared. I don't any of us will forget that trip. It bonded us for a life time.
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Okay, I've kept you long enough. Thank you for listening to my stories. It's much appreciated. I hope each and every one of you are doing well.
Until next post,
PS....Mom sent those green slime pool pictures to the corporate head of Motel 6 and they sent us back a note of apology and gave us two free nights at any location.
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