I’m not looking to win a Pulitzer with these posts (unless one’s available), so these will be quickly written and I’ll try not to spend too much time editing them. In other words, don’t expect the world and they’ll be fantastic. That’s the end of the excuse for anything you (or I, down the road, as early as right after I hit publish) don’t like.
Tomorrow is the last day my brother Pat is on the August 2012 road trip with us and we’ll be sad to see him go. It’s been a great four days…
On our first night, we got to enjoy everything a smoking room in the heart of tobacco country has to offer, after checking into a cheap motel in Henderson, NC to find that all they had available was a room that tasted like tar and featured one king size bed for the two of us and three kids.
We slept pretty well and, other than the fact that curling up in that chimney for the night likely took years off everyone’s lives, our $44 room wasn’t so bad. My six-year-old did wonder why “the curtains had holes in them,” but I’ll take the $30 we saved, put it right into beer and stick with Hampton Inns from here on out (I’m typing this from a Holiday Inn Express, by the way…and enjoying one of those beers).
After dragging our lungs out of Henderson, it was on to Charlotte. There Pat took first place in the 2012 Summer Cornhole Classic. The trophy he received is fantastic.
Pat Holden with his first place trophy at the 2012 Summer Cornhole Classic in Charlotte, NC
We also enjoyed a very nice beer list at Taco Mac in Huntersville, NC. I need something like this in Rockville, MD. I love going into DC and hitting Churchkey but it’d be great to have someplace like Taco Mac with an adventurous beer list out in the ‘burbs. Right now, many of the places near us see Sam Adams seasonal beers alongside the Bud or Miller family and a Blue Moon as acceptable.
Taco Mac beer list – Huntersville, NC
Charlotte was also the site of “@pfholden vs. @mikehoden: The Battle for BounceU,” which occurred mid-day on a Monday during a preschool open bounce in a suburban office park. Roll the tape…
Today, it was on to Athens, GA. After pizza, a walk around town, ice cream and a swim at the hotel pool, all three kids are now asleep in a clean, nicely-curtained, smoke-free room while Pat and I enjoy a couple beers and catch up on London 2012 Olympic events that occurred this afternoon but that NBC aired tonight alongside segments about the international dateline.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to watch a segment on the international dateline. I’d just like to watch that segment on The History Channel, while seeing the Olympic broadcasts dedicated to covering more live events featuring athletes from around the world who’ve spent most of their lives working to get there. But maybe that’s just me…and all of Twitter.