Friday, February 17, 2012

SPRING TRAINING DRIVE

I officially set out for the 24 hour drive from my hometown to Sarasota, Florida for the start of the 2012 baseball season. Last night after Laura got out of work, we left Boston around 5:30 PM and drove about eight hours until we reach Washington D.C. The trip actually went fairly smoothy until we reached Baltimore and got stuck behind what seemed to be a car accident that left drivers walking around the highway for around forth-five minutes waiting for traffic to begin moving again. We stopped for dinner in New Haven, Connecticut to grab pizza at Frank Pepe's. Have any of you ever grabbed a pizza from there before? From what everyone says it serves legendary pizza. I thought it was a good pizza for sure, but I didn't think it was the greatest pizza I've ever had. Just wondering what you guys thought.

Anyways, I did happen to see something last night that I've never witnessed before in my lifetime. As I approached a toll both entering Baltimore, I rolled down my window to give the woman my $4.00 and realized she really didn't have any intentions of grabbing it. She had fallen asleep while sitting in her chair, snoring and totally out cold. I tried to get her attention but she wasn't budging. It was about 1:00 AM, but I've traveled around the country a lot through the night and have never witnessed a toll both attendant sleeping on the job. I hope she isn't an Orioles fan and ends up reading this calling her out, but it was pretty funny. I really wasn't sure what the hell I was suppose to do. I couldn't drive through without paying because I would have gotten a ticket, and she had no intentions of waking up. Laura told me to take a picture of her but I couldn't find my phone, and would have felt awkward waking her mid-flash. Instead, Laura stuck her head out the window and screamed, "Hello!!!!!" The best part was the women jumps out of her seat, tells me $17.00 is my change, and goes right back into work mode like she had been awake the entire time. Some people just weren't cut out for life on the road.

Well, we are about to head out for the second day of our trip in a few minutes. I'm thinking we will drive and stop in either Savannah, Georgia or Jacksonville, Florida, depending on how tired I am later tonight and how far I feel like driving. I'm sure by the time I get into my hotel tonight I'll have something else that I will have witnessed for the first time. It's time to jump on the road so I'll talk to you all later!

8 comments:

  1. Safe travels the rest of the way...love the toll taker story.

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  2. Hey Matt- have a good Spring and win that second Baseman job. We in Baltimore love Brian, but we don't have faith he'll stay healthy enough. We'll be watching for you when you head back north!

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  3. Toll Booth attendants are just a special breed of people.  

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  4. Dude! Pepe's is good, but Modern Pizza in New Haven is where its at, plus easier to get to. Better service, full size drinks, and I love their pizza.

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  5. Frank Pepe's has also started a chain called Pete's New Haven Style Pizza. There is one in DC area if you make it back up this way. Good luck in Spring Training.

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  6. Pete's New Haven Style pizza has no affiliation whatsoever to Frank Pepe's, other than they are copying the Frank Pepe's style of pizza.

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  7. Matt: Get down there and OWN 2nd Base! Stay healthy and All the Best to Laura!!! :)

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  8. The last paragraph of this post is the definition of black comedy having kept up on the adventure through twitter.

    Good luck this year Matt and I hope you and Laura found a place to crash.

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