Labor Day Weekend.Posted: September 12, 2009
Oh nelly did we have a busy Labor Day weekend. Laurie, Maddie and I went out to Riverhead to spend time with the O’Shea contingency. My brother Keith, his wife Caroline and their daughter Alexa came down from Rhode Island to join in on the fun.
We drove to Long Island Friday night at 5pm. Why? Laurie loooves traffic for some reason. I wanted to leave later, but she wanted to leave right from work. So we left right from work. On the way down, we stopped at Fuddrucker’s for a cheeseburger. Ever been to Fuddruckers? Don’t go. The burgers are outstanding do not get me wrong-Very good in fact. But the place is a dive, and the service is severly lacking. The kids behind the counter could care less about the customers,they barely even look at you or even say hello. After we ate, we hit the road again. Oh, I should tell you that we were in seperate cars. I had to work Monday and Laurie did not. So, the plan was to leave my VW at Laurie’s parents in Wantagh, than continue on to Riverhead in the Saturn. I also want to tell you that I picked up two way radios for the trip. Awesome idea by me. These walkie talkies have a range of 18 miles, I guess they made some improvements since I last used walkie talkies. Remember those? Lucky if you could hear your friend in the backyard. It made following each other easier. Surprisingly, we arrived in Wantagh without alot of traffic. We said our hellos, Maddie used the potty, and back on the road we went. Around 9pm we arrived in Riverhead, said our hellos, Maddie used the potty and to bed we went.
Sometime the next morning, Keith called and said that while on the ferry he realized he was out of gas. Actually, he confessed he drove for 15 minutes with fuel light on. I am not really sure why. Maybe he thought the “E” stood for “enough”? When the ferry lands at Orient Point, there is a gas station 3 miles down the road-but he was not 100% confident he could make it there. Those college educated types, I’ll tell ya. So, after I donned my Superbrother cape and my Dad donned his SuperDad cape, off we went.
Here is a few pictures of Senior Gascan on his journey to help us save the family.
So another successful rescue attempt by Senor Gascan, SuperBrother and SuperDad. We put our capes away, and headed for the pool!
After breakfast, Laurie wanted to get Maddie a costume for her Disney birthday party in December. What better place than the outlets!? on Labor Day weekend!? Will LIF rear its ugly head? Kind of, but not bad. Keith and Caroline joined us and to make things more fun we bought those walkie-talkies I told you about. Spent about and hour in the Disney outlet and Maddie chose a Snow White costume. It was not bad at all actually or maybe I am learning to relax and enjoy the moments? Not sure. After shopping it was time for lunch. Laurie had a hankering for Pumpkin Coffee from Panera bread and would strangle anyone that stood in her way of her Pumpkin Coffee. She picked me up some and I can see why she was willing to commit second degree murder for it. To avoid a murder spree, we stopped at Panera while Keith and Caroline continued on to Friendly’s to secure a table. On the walkie talkie Caroline informed me that Alexa fell asleep! So, Keith will go in and get a table while Alexa and her chilled like mo fos in the car. When we arrived at Friendly’s my brother was sitting at a table for 6 all by himself.
After lunch, Laurie and I headed back to the homestead and Keith would be not to far behind. Keith got lost. But luckily found a festival, called the house to let us know about it and off we were again. It was at Martha Clara’s vineyard. The same one GasCan spent some time at. Laurie and I got back in the car and this time the parental units joined us. Maddie wanted to attend the festival in full Snow White get up. No problem. You are only a kid once.
We decided that while the festival was nice for us….it was not fun for kids. Keith thought the festival up the street would be much more better. So off we went and arrived at Braer Family Farm. Keith was right. Tractor rides, popcorn, corn maze, pig races….Good times had by all.