Thanks, Mike (from Spain)
I flew into Reagan Washington National Airport and changed planes for the second leg of my flight to Providence Rhode Island. Taking off from the airport gave me this cool view. Above are the Washington Monument and the National Mall lined by the Smithsonian National Museum with the United States Capitol Building at the far end. The White House is just off of the Ellipse on the left side of the image. You can’t see the Lincoln Memorial or the Reflecting Pool. Click to enlarge.
On the return of my trip to Atlanta over the weekend, my gas tank was getting pretty low so I decided to stop at the first place I came upon which happened to be some rinky-dink station in the middle of nowhere so I pulled in. The display on the first two pumps couldn’t be read partially because they were in direct sunlight and even using my body to block the sun I could not read the instructions on the screen. They say the third time is a charm, or something like that, so I pulled over to a pump that was shaded and the screen was viewable. Finally! I put my credit card in, selected credit vs. debit and entered my zip code. Walla! it worked! I was told to remove the nozzle and select the grade of gas I wanted. I did and the video above shows how the pump dispensed the gasoline into my car.
I pulled the pump out. Restarted it and could not get it to work any faster. I stopped it at $1.60 which seemed to take a very long time to get that much. Had I stayed there to complete my fill-up, I’d probably still be there.
I mosied on down the highway and found a more friendly gas pump at the next station.
Dinner at Hooters with me (Jonco), Richard, DJ, Gary, and the ever so lovely Arianne. We enjoyed 2+ hours eating and talking and catching up. Thanks to Richard for picking up the tab for dinner. A great bunch of people that are very comfortable to be around.
DJ heads on down to Florida to see his 96-year-old mom who still lives on her own and I’ll be heading back to St. Louis Sunday morning. This truly was a pit stop for DJ while just a nice diversion from my daily routine.
I feel really grateful that these people and the ones we were with earlier all got to know each other through Bits & Pieces. I truly appreciate the people I’ve met here and at the BABBQs in St. Louis and our gathering in Las Vegas as well as the people I’ve met on my travels. There are still quite a few people I look forward to meeting in person.
Lunch group from L to R: Lilly and Mike (Chef-Bor-R-Doom), me (Jonco), Keith (Keith), Richard (Rick), Barry (Infidel) and last but not least, Don (DJ). Click to enlarge.
The Big Peach Pit Stop in Atlanta Georgia will be tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, 2018. The plan is to meet for lunch at 11 am at Ted’s Montanna Grill located near the Mall of Georgia at the Marketplace at Mill Creek.
Then tomorrow night we’ll meet at the Hooters at the Mall of Georgia at 6 pm. Anyone who wants to join us at either of those events is welcome. It would help if you reply to this so we have an idea of how many might show up for either gathering.
What we’re doing between those events has not yet been determined.
DJ and I will be arriving separately on Friday evening. Our hotel is located near the Mall of Georgia.
We’re planning a gathering or two in Atlanta Georgia on Saturday, October 20, 2018. That’s one week from this Saturday. We’re planning to get together for lunch at a place to be decided soon and gather that evening at the Hooters located at the Mall of Georgia at 6:00 pm for food and drinks. Warning: Tall tales may be told.
I’ve stopped there and met several Georgians in my travels to Florida. A couple of them came all the way to St. Louis for one of our BABBQ’s a while back. DJ is planning his trip to visit his mom to coincide with the gathering. I’ll be flying into Atlanta late Friday evening and will fly home Sunday. DJ and I are staying at the same hotel (different rooms) and it’s about 10 minutes from the Mall of GA.
Plans between the lunch and dinner have not been decided yet.
You’re all invited to join us for either or both (lunch and dinner) if you’re in the area or want to travel there as I will. It’d be nice to get an idea of how many might attend, so let us know if you think you can make it and to which event.