Week 1.4: Durham and Fayetteville, NC

Day 4: Tuesday, July 30th

My stay in D.C. was short, but I had to roll out.  I got in the car and drove 4 hours to Durham, NC, where my friend and old bandmate lives.  I helped him load up the U-Haul before he left PA earlier this year, and hadn’t seen him since, so I figured I might as well drop in.

Mike and his girlfriend Lena were waiting for me when I arrived around 6 pm.  I was glad to hear that Mike just had an interview in which in his words he “TOTALLY CRUSHED!”.  He added a “WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$” for extra emphasis, and the point was received. (Best of luck Mike!)

I was also happy to hear that Lena was making some spicy chicken wings!  While Lena was preparing the wings, Mike and I ran to the store to grab some other stuff for sides.  I figured I’d make a summer salad with some peaches, avocado, grape tomatoes and lime juice for a tasty side.

When we got back the wings were almost done.  Mike jumped on his drum kit, one I could never forget, and played me some beats while making funny faces, as seen below.

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We caught up over some beers until the wings finished, and then had a delicious dinner. IMG_2445

That night, we chilled out and caught up over a few more beers.  A while later, Mike gave me a brief midnight tour of Durham.  The city is small but the town looked cool.  It was pretty dead, and the only thing that could be seen on the street was a man picking up a hooker, and a cop car two streets away who must have been oblivious to the transaction.  (Unfortunately I left the camera packed away for this 😦

Day 5: Wednesday, July 31st

The next day, Mike and I headed over to a close by shopping mall so I could replace my old worn out flip flops.  For two dudes, the trip turned into a lot of window shopping.  Eventually, we sat down at a Cheesecake Factory and got some drinks, and cheesecake for the road (which turned out to be phenomenal!)  The fountains in the plaza provided a nice backdrop for the break.

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As we sat there, two women in bikinis and painted black were walking around doing strange things.  It made for good entertainment.

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We headed back to Mike’s, and although I would have enjoyed staying, I hit the road.  It was nice to spend time with Mike an Lena, but the next stop was an opportunity to see family that I didn’t want to miss.

I got in the car and drove 2 hours to Fayetteville, NC, where my cousins live.  I arrived a bit later than I expected, about 9 pm, but everyone was up waiting for me.  I spent some time catching up with my cousin Lauren, her three beautiful sons Kasheim, Remel, and Braylin, and her boyfriend Justin.  I hadn’t seen the boys in about a year, and I was blown away by how much they had grown.  Especially Kasheim, the oldest, who is now in his preteens.  Having lived in my hometown when he was a toddler, I still have that image of him in my mind.

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Crazy Family, Left to Right: Kasheim, Me, Remel, Crystie

We hung out that night and I got to show them some pictures before we all turned in.

Day 6: Thursday, August 1st 

The next day, I got to hang out with Kasheim and Remel while the adults went to work and the youngest, Braylin, went to daycare.  I cooked up some eggs and sausage for breakfast while Remel watched spongebob and Kasheim slept.

Fayetteville was a nice chance for me to recharge and catch up with some computer work.  I even got to do my first load of laundry!  Justin took me out Thursday night, and we had some fun.  A little more than I was expecting to have.

Day 7: Friday, August 2nd

The next day I got to spend some more time with the boys again, but after my two days in Fayetteville, I had to hit the road to be in Charleston, SC.

I was absolutely grateful to be able to see my family again, and especially the boys who I don’t get to see nearly as much as I would like.  Lauren made me feel right at home, and I couldn’t thank her enough!

Then the drive continued…

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