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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

"Old-time Peace and Tranquility"

When a town uses words to describe itself like old-time, tranquil, and quaint, you pretty much know you're not in a happening burb. New Windsor, Maryland, founded in 1797, boasts that it's been "untouched by growth since WWII." Uh huh.

I got into my cheap red rental Chevy Aveo at BWI and drove out in the rain, pulling into town with the radio blaring first with Ricky Martin's La Vida Loca followed immediately by John Lennon's Imagine. (An odd juxtaposition at best.)

I travel light. But somehow, my little bag was locked in the tiny hatch, and after manuevering the key until I had run out of ideas, I finally let my co-workers take a crack at the puzzle. Quandry solved, I dragged myself and my trappings up the stairs, not knowing the coup de grace was still to come.

Dinner. My co-worker leaned over and said, "The Road Kill is really good." I'm not too fussy, but having a meal named road kill doesn't sit well with me. I'll eat goat in the Sahara if need be, but I'm not eating anything called road kill, even if it's not. I mused over the Rattlesnake Bites and Chicken Critter Salad, and decided whatever I ate (which turned out to be a burger with no fancy name), I definitely needed beer.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Road kill. That sounds vaguely familiar. Only in Maryland! :)


Thailand Gal

9:50 PM  
Blogger Girlplustwo said...

yum. or not. beer, certainly. i am betting you have a knack for figuring it out, no matter where you are. i like that about you, sister.

10:22 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Lucia, you had me laughing so hard with the road kill bit.

I can't take responsibility for the entire state, we're pretty civilized here in the DC suburbs.
No critters or road pizza on menus, I swear.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, a beer will make most things go down a little bit easier. My favorite thing about traveling is the food - maybe it's the uncertainty,but road kill goes beyond me as well.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Lynnea said...

Good fall back plan, burger and beer. In most cases this is the safest route. Unless of course your somewhere say, in Timbuktu!

7:52 AM  
Blogger Susan as Herself said...

I have never been to Maryland... but roadkill would give me pause as well.

At least by drinking beer, you can pretend you ate some bread. I mean, it's yeasty and all...

9:56 AM  
Blogger meno said...

"Road kill" just doesn't get my appetite up. I see too much of it for real.
When traveling through the middle of the country, i always really enjoy the local radio stations, with the farm report, then an Elvis song, then some local gossip.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmm...I could go for some road kill right about now.

Would hit the spot. ;)


11:24 AM  
Blogger St. Dickeybird said...

Haha, after your African travels, it's kinda scary that Maryland seems so rough!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you survived Africa MD is a cakewalk. :)

Nothing like a simple burger at times.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

untouched by growth since WWII ya, that is just where I want to be ... hmmm barkeep one more please.

11:38 AM  

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