i am a little embarrassed to admit that i have now lived here for three months and i have not spent a single weekend in town. i came very close one weekend… but by two o’clock saturday afternoon i was already heading north on I-81 to watch an awesome movie with nanc and eat great food with jenny. each weekend i stretched myself between dc or charlottesville… some weekends driving a total of six hours. my h-burg people couldn’t understand my desire to flee. well they could, it’s not like the night life here is all that exciting… but when i did things like drive to dc and back in one day just to eat lunch with friends and get my hair cut… they began to worry.
i guess deep down the thought of staying here an entire weekend did scare me. i worried my phone wouldn’t ring at all. i feared not having anyone to hang out with. but earlier this week i realized how staying home isn’t all that bad. i had just returned from a crazy weekend of wedding madness in california. i was in the golden state for almost 40 hours… i stuffed myself on sushi with fantastic friends, attended a wedding at an amazing temple, ate some more, decorated a banister, ate cheesecake, danced, saw old friends, had a slumber party, de-boned chicken, lounged in one airport and then another before landing at dulles at midnight and then driving through pouring rain for 2 hours just to go straight to work…
after work that day i watched my sunday shows that recorded… then i just kept watching tv. you would have thought i would have gone straight to bed but then i landed on a channel with a familiar theme song… the opening credits showed bill bixby & lou ferrigno. i was glued to the tv screen for the next hour. it was just like when i was little, watching it before the wallace & ladmo show every day. no matter how scary or mean or bad everyone thought the green hulk was, i still worried about him. my parents say i would mention him in my prayers. i would bless him to be able to help the ladies… because usually he had to carry some young woman out of a problematic situation. he was really just a big green misunderstood guy. but i understood him. i think i may have even loved him.
despite many reasons to be in dc this weekend… i decided that i’m going to stay right here. i may actually wash the dishes in the sink. do my laundry. make my bed for the first time in a long while. unpack my suitcases. sleep in and maybe even watch the green hulk.