That’s Rawlins

That’s what some people say anyway. For those of you out of the loop, we just got back from a very long road trip, but what was different from the usual road trip was the list of suspects was longer than our usual treks, which was wise because our destination was more distant than the usual road trip!

At 3:30am on Friday, Sukie, Wudan and ‘The Boy’ hit the road, escorted by an entourage of related Utahns, Frik, CareBear, and that veritable powerhouse of good times (lest I mention Orb Juice?), Theorb77. It was one for the books, we blazed a trail on that balmy Friday morning to Green River, WY, the Flying J of Hurt Feelings, past Chenney and rocketed on down ye olde I-25 to lovely Thornton, CO, arriving at 1:00pm in the afternoon.

It was remarkably cold, but I suppose that’s just something I should have envisioned. Friday night found us BBQing it up at Berserks, in what can only be described as a convergence of bloggers and burgers. Lucas took quite a while to warm up (and I don’t think he was quite himself at that, but Nintendo seemed to captivate his attention) due to his lack of sleep.

It was a lot of fun, as it often is when you’re hanging out with a large crowd of cool people. It’s always been weird to hang out with people I knew before moving to Utah some years ago, but I think it’s because it’s sometimes hard to realize that these people in that other place went on without you, went to the high school you barely spent a year at and have forged new memories. What I think I’ve realized is that it’s ok, I’ve also forged on and made some small scratch of happiness from what I’ve been fortunate enough to be handed, as well.

But, I must add, they all turned out to be a lot cooler than anyone from my family :), no disrespect intended. They all just seem to get along really well and it kind of made me bummed when I realized this fact, that what I liked about the way they operated was that they actually seemed to genuinely like each other. At junctures like this, I always ask myself, am I too cynical? Am I a pathetic, cynical son of a bitch?

Maybe that’s a bigger question to be pondered when I am not too exhausted. As has been mentioned, MJ and Chaemeleon (sp… tired) got married, which was the purpose of the venture. They wasted no time in obtaining a copy of Goonies from the local Cleanflicks and stole away in to the evening to enjoy the film classic as it was intended: on one’s wedding night.

On Sunday morning Sukie and I went to visit a fellow reefer (I guess I skipped the part where Sukie bought YET ANOTHER FISH TANK) and it was very awesome to meet people who are in another club, yet enjoying the same hobby. Very awesome indeed.

We left today with hopes of returning to Utah, having enjoyed a great weekend that seemed to last forever, and yet was too short (that is to say, it feels like we were able to do a lot, but it was still short). Unfortunately, two traffic tickets ensued but these were eclipsed by the massive shithole that is Rawlins, Wyoming.

We returned, and everything is right again. I think I had more fun in Colorado this time than last, but I definitely would like to go back sooner than 2 years from now.

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8 Responses to That’s Rawlins

  1. anniemouse lee says:

    what time did you get back home?

  2. berserk says:

    Two tickets? That sucks.

    It was cool to see you again. We’ll have to do it all again soon. Except the tickets.

  3. Susie says:

    And when you do return, you and your wonderful family have a place to stay. And if the boy wants the closet again, it’s his. 🙂

    Susie

  4. Wudan says:

    Wow, I was really tired when I wrote that.

    Anyway, yeah, we definitely have to do that again soon. I love to BBQ so I’ll have to work on those skills so that maybe I can cook as good as Berserk does. I don’t know how he grilled up 18 patties, but the flames were still going high when he cooked up the last one. I’d love to know how that works, I grill all right but the flames had me intrigued. I get pretty good heat (chicken gets up to 180, 10 over what it needs to be to call it good enough to eat), but the flames … I gotta have those flames …

    Guess I’m just a pyro! (pics later?)

  5. Carolyn says:

    Yeah, that Rawlins… totally sucks. One ticket belonged to Frik, the other to Sukie. Both for going 11 over, and I have to say that both were somewhat justified, but completely heartless. More about that on my blog shortly…

  6. berserk says:

    Honestly, I was surprised at how long the coals kept kicking off their heat. They usually start to die just a little earlier than I want. What I did this time was light them up in a chimney starter (like normal), and then when the coals in the starter were ready I added some more unlit coals (I think it was just enough to cover the bottom of the grill). Apparently, that’s what I should’ve been doing all along.

  7. Wudan says:

    Yeah for some reason I’ve done the same thing. This last time I BBQ’d I wanted to keep the coals going hotter so after they reduced in the chimney I topped it off with more coals and put some around the bottom and poured the other coals out on top.

    I really like to BBQ, if you guys come out we’d definitely have another BBQ!

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