October 25, 2004

Cool Colonists Wear Shades

On Friday night, Beth and I sat in the lovely Washington rush-hour traffic (Aside #1: That was sarcasm. The traffic wasn’t lovely In fact, it sucked.), escaped the city and fled to Colonial Williamsburg (Aside #2: I use the word colonial here on purpose. If you’re a Virginia resident and try to get away with just saying Williamsburg they send the Redcoats to pillage your home after which they either hang you or beat you about the head with a musket and dump you in the James River. Yes, people around here are that serious about their colonial history.) After a few years hours of sitting on the parking lot that is Interstate 95, we finally made it to our hotel and hooked up with the in-laws. Dinner, and later sleep, was acquired and all was right with the world once again.

Saturday morning saw a break in the miserable weather. It took a couple of minutes to identify that shiny thing in the sky but there was indeed sun! After a mind-numbingly bad cup of coffee in the hotel, we went in search of a) a good cup of coffee and b) colonial shit. We did what you’re supposed to do in Colonial Williamsburg (Aside #3: See that, Virginia? I used the full name!), mainly walked around the authentic colonial town, saw people in authentic colonial get-ups, watched people work in authentic colonial ways making authentic colonial stuff, stepped in authentic colonial horse poop. It was all very…how should I say this…authentic and colonial. And we all had a very good time. Of course, by the end of the day, we ruined the authentic colonial feel by going to a wonderful Indian restaurant.

Yesterday morning, the weather, having cut us some slack the previous day, returned to its temperamental self. We woke up at the authentic crack of dawn, got in our horseless carriage and high-tailed it home. Why? Friday afternoon I was kindly informed that I had to deliver a large presentation today. Gotta love that! We made it home and I worked.

The most amusing part of the weekend? Well, that had nothing to do with Williamsburg (oh shit, here come the Redcoats!). Let’s do a little math…

Let X equal: You all remember what I was doing this time last week, right?

Let Y equal: Last week, Beth and I had this thing going. We’d basically come up with amusing little limericks for each other. Mine were only marginally amusing because I was trying to write them at 5-something in the morning. That is not an hour at which its conducive to write anything witty. Beth, realizing that I’d be home immediately after completing last Monday’s main mission (X) left me a very funny and very crude piece of poetry. I loved it. I loved it so much, I hung it on the fridge.

Let Z equal: Since we were away, I convinced my parents to come feed our cats. Which of course involved retrieving items from said fridge.

X+Y+Z=mortifying embarrassment

Now, go see the pictures from Colonial Williamsburg!

Posted by Chris at October 25, 2004 10:29 AM

The trip looks like fun, but the "math problem" is funnier!

Posted by: Oliquig at October 25, 2004 10:36 AM

omg that's hysterical!
The trip looks like it was fun!
Just makes me want to get my arse down to "Old Tuscon" even more. I've never been to that part of Arizona's authentic western history.
I guess I'm sort of a stick in the mud......

Posted by: Jade at October 25, 2004 10:52 AM

I've lived in both VA Beach and Richmond yet never did experience Colonial Williamsburg. I have a feeling that I didn't miss much.

Posted by: myllissa at October 25, 2004 11:34 AM

Was the limerick naughty or just mushy?

Posted by: Dawn (webmiztris) at October 25, 2004 11:40 AM

Chris + tricorner hat + camera = me giggling.

Posted by: Fraulein N at October 25, 2004 12:34 PM

Wow. Looks like you all had a great time!

Posted by: Colby at October 25, 2004 12:37 PM

I was in ColWills a few years ago... glad to see that absolutely nothing has changed.

As for the limerick-- which one of you is more embarrassed? Or is it an all around red-faced-cactus day?

Posted by: bmh at October 25, 2004 01:21 PM

Enough with the old crumbling buildings, I wanna picture of the limerick!

Heard at a sporting event:
"We're number three! We're number three!"

Posted by: ben at October 25, 2004 01:29 PM

so glad that ya'll had an authentic colonial weekend! I love all the autumnal pictures - there are very few trees that turn colors down here, they all just drop poopy brown leaves and skip the fun part.

and dude! Did your parents freak out?

Posted by: samantha at October 25, 2004 01:51 PM

Damn. All of my years in DC and I never did make it to colonial Williamsburg.
You know we're all dying to hear about the limerick, right?

Posted by: Heather at October 25, 2004 01:52 PM

(to the chant of "Attica!")


C'mon! It can't be THAT bad. And if it is, I REALLY want to read it.

Posted by: alektra at October 25, 2004 03:45 PM

Nice to hear you had a good time in Billsburgh. Oh they're really going to get me for THAT one.

We took in a lot of fall color as well up in Adirondak chair country. And I got a surprise to boot! A formal proposal!


Posted by: Heather at October 25, 2004 04:04 PM

Yes please share the limmerick! And great pictures. Looks like you all had a great time. :)

Posted by: charm at October 25, 2004 04:17 PM

You HAVE to share the limmerick! PLEASE...
And YOUR parents have to have a sense of humor right?

Posted by: gypsy at October 25, 2004 10:41 PM

Your site is not only interesting, but informative. As a relatively new Virginian, I had no idea that I had to put "colonial" before Williamsburg at all times. I think you saved me a few beatings. Thank you!

Posted by: Nicole at October 25, 2004 10:42 PM

Your audience wants to hear limericks. Who am I to stand in their way...I hate traffic and commuting. Fortunately I can telecommute most days now (Yea). When I get stuck in traffic, I play James Taylor's "Damn, this Traffic Jam." It doesn't make the traffic go any faster, it just makes me feel good that somebody hates traffic so much as to write a song about it.

Posted by: ken at October 25, 2004 10:51 PM

Your pictures are making me look for places to go the weekend after next :) Thanks!

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at October 26, 2004 01:03 AM

Williamsburg is awesome - and not just because I'm from there!

Posted by: Sue at October 26, 2004 02:56 PM