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Once upon a time, my friend Leslie sold me her family dining table to make room for her (then) new one. Since then, it has lived in Florida, Illinois, and four places in Georgia. Now, it is being put out to pasture in Alexandria, VA.

My friend Deb, who lives in Alexandria, had asked if she could have the table when I no longer wanted it. “Sure,” I could have replied, “you can eat all of your meals off of this table when you pry it out of my cold, hard fingers.” Instead, I just said, “Sure.”

So, as I prepare to eject myself from the country, it was time to give her the table. I made about a dozen calls, she made about a dozen calls, and we never got anyone to call us back. Apparently, movers weren’t interested in moving a single table when they are really more for an entire house-load of stuff. And that’s how Michael and I ended up driving up to Alexandria, VA, getting a one-afternoon whirlwind in Washington, DC, and seeing my dear friend Deb.

We took two different routes for this trip, mainly because we saw a great deal of construction, including traffic back-ups, heading southbound. We went up to DC via I-85 and I-95, and came home through the mountains to Charlotte, where we picked up I-85 again. This was a relaxed trip, and we took two days going up there and two days going back. As a result, the pace was easy, we both enjoyed the scenery, and the weekend was generally stress-free!

Note: If you are in Charlotte, and you are having a hankerin’ for a burger, a wiener, or something bar/diner, then the one place you should check out is Pinky’s Westside Grill. This place rocks. I had one of the best vegetarian burgers I have ever eaten. The servers were friendly, the food was soooo fresh, and they have a triceratops… ummmm… “statue” (could be a “lawn ornament,” I suppose) out front. And a Pterodactyl burger. Get thee hence!

Photos Courtesy of Michael.

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Yeah, that’s the Hope Diamond.

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