Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Road Trippin'



I went to an International Association of Business Communicators (IABC is a professional organization I am a member of) special interest group meeting this summer on the topic “Social Media,” specifically podcasting. While I am sure I probably knew this deep down inside, the meeting’s guest speaker said something that really resonated with me.

“Everyone can be interesting for five minutes.”

He was speaking about planning podcasts; however, this is also incredibly relevant for blogging. You may start out with a bang (which I don’t really think I did, but that’s beside the point) but you have to continue being interesting every other day or at least once a week.

My stretch to be interesting today is to talk about a girls’ road trip I just took with my friends Lauren and Kate. I feel like guys are constantly going on golf trips or friend trips or bachelor parties—something—but it’s rare that girls take time away from being in their regular town to do this kind of thing. It’s not that we feel chained to our boyfriends but maybe bond locally. Okay, I am just typing to type now apparently. Key word “stretch” from earlier in this paragraph.

Anyway, a 24-hour Walmart seemed like the perfect place to leave the two extra cars. After a delicious and nutritious (okay, maybe not) lunch at Zaxby’s we hit the road. Our estrogen-filled vehicle spewed with conversations that ranged from the intense and amazing taste of baked cheetos and the latest scoop on the guys in our lives to our career dreams and aspirations to fashion tips out of Glamour magazine. It was good to be with the girls.

Our drive went by quickly and we arrived at Staci and Dan’s home just before 8pm on the Friday night we left. It makes me smile to think about how we all (with the exception of Dan, who Staci “picked up” sometime just before or during college) have been friends for a long time now. When I get together with these kinds of friends, troubles, every day stresses and deadlines melt away from my consciousness.

It was on to pizza at Lily’s in Raleigh’s Little Five Points. Mmmmm. A private dance party ensued later at an empty bar with a solitary (and awesome) jukebox. Some of the tunes I recall are “Get Into the Groove” by Madonna, Corey Hart’s “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night” and some random Buck Cherry song that Kate really wanted to hear. It really didn’t matter that there wasn’t another person in that place, aside from the quiet bartender; we made our own fun.

The rest of the weekend was filled with other delights, such as a few hours at the State Fair, some quality time with my father (who also lives in Raleigh) and vegetarian food via Staci’s kitchen.

‘Tis a fun thing to have great girlfriends.

I will try a little harder in my next blog to be a little more interesting.


1 comment:

Anna said...

Corey Hart--haha--what's his other song, something to surrender, waiting to surrender? I'm afraid to look it up on Amazon, for fear of being tagged and sent random recommendations that in no way represent my musical tastes! But I bring it up b/c back in the day, it was one of my favorites. Yes, I'm a product of the 80's, no shame in that.