1626. This painting is in the National Gallery and it’s by Sir Anthony Van Dyck. In the painting a Genoese noblewoman sits on a throne grasping her son’s chalky hand and to the left of the noblewoman lays a completely screwed-up Oriental rug—which led Bossy to believe she was viewing the very first example of reality TV.
Road Trip who? Oh yeah. So Bossy is in D.C. Does one need an additional period after the C in D.C. if that C indicates the end of the sentence? And when Bossy is inquiring if one needs an additional period she is talking about one who has more than 20 minutes remaining on their parking meter located directly outside of the Silver Spring Starbucks, and when Bossy says one she is talking about one who cares.
Bossy interrupts this
ramble post already in progress for the following Public Service announcement: mmm Mocha Latte.
Next: Bossy loves her D.C. posse. First she hung out in the art museum with Sarah until Bossy mentioned it sure would be nice to have a glass of wi—and before Bossy was finished her sentence Sarah and Bossy were flying down the museum steps on the way to the nearest pub. Which if you know Washington’s National Mall, you know is about six blocks too far and Bossy’s Note To Self: build a bar on the National Mall.
Next Bossy and Sarah went to the blogger get-together in—surprise—a bar. There were hundreds of cool bloggers. Or at least they ordered as if there were hundreds of them—they ordered one each of every appetizer on the menu. Yes way. And raise your hand if you’ve ever eaten Fried Pickles. Hellsa yes, and it comes with dipping sauce because there isn’t enough salt and saturated fat in Fried Pickles eaten alone.
Then Bossy retired to her host’s house, and how sick are we of hearing about Vuboq? Great guy this, great host that. Wish Vuboq luck as he goes off on a job interview today. Because today is the perfect day to interview after a morning of interruption as Bossy hogged the only bathroom.
And lastly: XM radio. It came with Bossy’s anyone? Anyone? Saturn. Bossy would love to tell you all about the abundant assortment of music stations to suit every nationality and genre, but so far Bossy hasn’t budged the radio beyond Oprah & Friends, and about that station, Bossy has this to say: Maya Angelou has a hypnotic voice guaranteed to put anyone to sleep behind the wheel.
Jacki saysMarch 26, 2008 at 10:20 am
I SOOO missed being there!!! 🙁 Can BOSSY come back?
Wendy saysMarch 26, 2008 at 10:39 am
Yay!!! Great first road trip report. Can’t wait to hear more, more, more….
The Domestic Goddess saysMarch 26, 2008 at 10:45 am
Looks like fun! We shoulda had a group shot in Philly!
RuthWells saysMarch 26, 2008 at 10:48 am
That is a verrry impressive collection of dishware!
Strizz saysMarch 26, 2008 at 10:51 am
vuboq saysMarch 26, 2008 at 10:51 am
Let the record show that we ordered two orders of fried pickles. YUM! Also, BOSSY did not hog the bathroom.
To the other bloggers who will be meeting BOSSY: You are going to have the MOST AWESOMEST TIME. EVER!
Steph saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:00 am
The greatness of this blog is becoming too much to bear.
Velveteen Mind Megan saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:04 am
Mississippi is all about fried pickles. I’ll have to tote some over the state line to Louisiana for you, I suppose.
And BOSSY, seriously, try to be maybe not quite so pretty when you come down here. What day are we? Like Day 96? You should be appropriately haggard by then.
Peg saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:05 am
Really terrific first day! One question, with all of the sight-seeing, blogging, drinking and eating…who be doin’ the driven?
Laurie Upside Up saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:06 am
So very very very sad I’m not going to be able to join you in Atlanta tomorrow. But my offer still stands that if you DO drive right through Charlotte en route, and it happens to be mealtime-ish, we will meet you wherever you are. Okay? Okay.
Have The T-Shirt saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:07 am
Fried pickles….I just blogged about my recent craving for fried pickles and you, YOU get to have them and not me!!
Can’t wait till you roll into Indy!
Tyn saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:08 am
Bossy rocks. I hope I get a chance to meet ya while you’re in L.A.
sonrie saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:10 am
Fried pickles are the best! I know a great place for them in the midwest!
martha saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:10 am
Amber Lee saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:11 am
The rug is hastly covering up the scratch marks on the floor from darling little boy scooting mummy’s chair around on the bare slate.
Grandma J saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:12 am
This is getting way too exciting!
I really want to see a picture of Bossy in her Saturns…maybe Saturn is doing that and it’s part of a future promo to be shown during the Olympics..so they have exclusive rights.
PunditMom saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:17 am
Sorry the virus kept me home! 🙁 Come back, BOSSY!
PunditMom saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:20 am
And hopefully you’ll be able to hear PunditMom on XM Channel 130 (POTUS ’08) again in the near future, as you’re exploring the country.
Ok, Where Was I? saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:30 am
This is so exciting! It’s almost like I have lots of friends and am going on a road trip. Just without the constipation.
Cindy Z saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:36 am
Looks like a great time! Love the picture!
Maria R saysMarch 26, 2008 at 11:47 am
I have awaited this post.
That is aLOT of appetizers. Did you have Fried Cheese Curds. I’m craving those…
Looks like an excellent start to an excellent adventure!
Pete Dunn saysMarch 26, 2008 at 12:02 pm
No extra period required. If the Chicago Style Guide says otherwise, it is wrong.
Chicky Chicky Baby saysMarch 26, 2008 at 12:13 pm
It does not surprise me that those are the last few bloggers standing. Or sitting, as it were.
David saysMarch 26, 2008 at 12:15 pm
Hopefully VUBOQ was not the only biological male at this gathering.
Manic Mommy saysMarch 26, 2008 at 12:38 pm
I only see one wine glass on the table. How can that be?
Don’t post and drive…
merrymishaps saysMarch 26, 2008 at 12:57 pm
Don’t worry, Manic Mommy. There is another wine glass on the window sill behind Bossy. And assorted (empty) glassware throughout the table. You just can’t see it that well!
Foolery saysMarch 26, 2008 at 1:02 pm
I’m going to miss the Bay Area Bossy-Up, unfortunately, so in solidarity I’m eating a LOT of cheese and sitting on my ass for 35 days.
psychophant saysMarch 26, 2008 at 1:07 pm
I am lovin’ Bossy’s new shorter hair cut.
Wish I wasn’t working nights. I would love to meet you in Atlanta tomorrow. If you come back in about 2 weeks all the azaleas and dogwoods will be blooming. Very pretty.
andrea saysMarch 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm
I am getting so excited for you to come and to meet the Ohio bloggers!!!!!
qt saysMarch 26, 2008 at 1:35 pm
That looks like much fun was had…this road trip is gonna be a piece.of.cake
countrymouse saysMarch 26, 2008 at 1:49 pm
Dammit. I knew this would happen. Group photos . . .
Anybody with good advice on how to lose, oh, say, 40 pounds by mid April?? Anyone?
Isabel Kallman saysMarch 26, 2008 at 1:50 pm
This looks like it was so much fun.
How exciting Bossy. I lurve this road trip!
Amy saysMarch 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm
Thanks Bossy, I had a blast last night & I loved meeting everyone ! And hopefully the fact that it was my suggestion that we order one of everything (although the double order of pickles was Vuboq’s idea) makes up for my lameness having parked in the stupid early-closing parking lot.
Laura saysMarch 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm
Bossy-you are amazing!! I wish I was on the road trip with you!! Have a great time and can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!
corrie saysMarch 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm
Sure looks like fun!! Looking forward to every day’s post!!
Oooooo Satellite radio… that’s a big selling point for me!
Momo Fali saysMarch 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm
In Ohio, we have fried EVERYTHING…even Twinkies.
Is Bossy going to tell us who those bloggers are? Other than Sarah and the now-well-known Vuboq, I’m clueless.
Surcie saysMarch 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm
Dude. Your hair. Totally HOT.
Jenny, Bloggess saysMarch 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm
Okay Sarah I know and love but I need a who’s-who of the rest.
JennyM saysMarch 26, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Or, you know, if you’re passing through Greenville at mealtime. It’s a lot more attractive than what you see on I-85, I swear.
Also, I want someone to report on Fried Cheese Curds — I’ve seen the signs but I’ve been too afraid (smart?) to try them.
wellreadhostess.com saysMarch 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm
No additional period after C if it comes at the end of the sentence.
Is it wrong that the name Van Dyck makes me snicker?
Turn off Oprah before Eckhardt Tolle comes on and turns you into an ego-less Oprahbot. Look away! Look away!
dgm saysMarch 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm
So fabulous! Can’t wait to hear more. Vuboq, you take good care of Bossy now.
Amy saysMarch 26, 2008 at 4:07 pm
A true friend is one who doesn’t even let you get to the end of the “wine sounds good” sentence before hustling you off to a bar.
threeboysindc saysMarch 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm
Bossy, you can get wine IN the National Gallery of Art. Really. (right next to the Gelato!)
Sorry to miss you, it’s spring break and I have all three boys home this week.
Couldn’t get my visa stamped to cross over into Virginia for the evening celebration.
Buddysnuddys saysMarch 26, 2008 at 8:42 pm
Oh, I am so excited about Friday! Can’t wait to see BOSSY! This road trip was such a swell idea. Glad things are going well. Drive safe, ya hear?!
Meg saysMarch 26, 2008 at 9:59 pm
I usually write like DC, as opposed to D.C. And also, NW instead of N.W. But maybe that’s just me. I’m punctuation-averse. (Except for hypens – and parentheses.)
Glad the DC gang brought it big for Bossy. I would have expected nothing less. Did anyone warn Bossy ahead of time that we likes us a happy hours-and-hours here in DC?
Jozet at Halushki saysMarch 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm
Oh, you sooooooooo owe me a visit in Harrisburg on your swing though back again. 😉
kate saysMarch 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm
holycrapinhell. i don’t think they make fried pickles in san diego? what will we do? i know. i have a friend who has a turkey fryer. and they sell pickles at trader joe’s. that should work, right? what could go wrong?
devra renner saysMarch 27, 2008 at 12:53 am
I write The DC when I blog about The DC. It’s just the way I roll.
I think I am the only one who is not a fan of the deep fried pickles. I expressed my disdain but once, and then shut up because I knew Bossy was going to have her way and the pickles would be ordered. Why? Because she’s Bossy, that’s why. You don’t get to be Bossy by being meek.
Loved the evening, it was fabulous meeting the others on Stop 1 of The Tour!
jaelithe saysMarch 27, 2008 at 1:16 am
If you like fried pickles, I am sure you will love Toasted Ravioli.
And I do hope you are not afraid of heights?
I can’t wait to stalk you meet you when you cruise through my hometown in your lovely Saturn vehicle.
Dara saysMarch 27, 2008 at 2:21 am
Bossy, your hair looks fab!!!
Please, have many drinks and fried appy’s for me!!!
Yo saysMarch 27, 2008 at 2:59 am
i JUST saw the link to buy a blogWHORE shirt! and just bought one. i hope it fits my boobahs. if it don’t, i blame you.
congrats congrats congrats on the road trip! i do have to say i was a bit weary of the whole thing… ONE chick driving CROSS country to meet a BUNCH of strangers?
then i was all…. didn’t mtv do this once and didn’t someone get spitted on and all?
ps …. i saw a fancy saturn convertible this weekend and couldn’t believe how hot that was. people were staring. and not because the car was hot…. mostly because it was a SATURN. (that’s like saying ESS EE ECKS in church!)
I JUST BOUGHT A BOSSY TSHIRT! are you comin to cali?
Tanya saysMarch 27, 2008 at 6:52 am
What fun!! Fried pickles, yummo!
Assertagirl saysMarch 27, 2008 at 8:28 am
Oh yeah, fried pickles are available at the local pub in my town. Not that you’ll be visiting. Sob. Looks like fun!
meleah rebeccah saysMarch 27, 2008 at 11:14 am
Fried Pickles? No way.
I am positive you’d make one hell of a bank roll if you really did build a bar closer to the National Mall.
Looks like so much fun so far!
Brando saysMarch 27, 2008 at 11:19 am
America will never be the same after your road trip.
I can’t wait to read all these posts. Drive safe and have a blast.
Suburban Kamikaze saysMarch 27, 2008 at 11:31 am
Well I am not sure how well they are going to go with mojitos, but does anyone on the Chicago stop have a recipe for fried pickles? dear god, this menu is starting to look like a culinary catastrophe…
Adorable Girlfriend saysMarch 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm
That cornhole Chuckles should have been there. He also should have taken you to Ben’s Chili Bowl.
Shall I feed Stella tonight?
Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah saysMarch 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm
Being the number 1 stop on the tour ruled!
Note to everyone else: Don’t stand next to BOSSY in a picture. You will look fat and ugly. But DO hang with her.
Once my stupid blog is back up I will be posting pictures of (me looking not as cute as BOSSY) the evening.
jill saysMarch 27, 2008 at 3:40 pm
BOSSY HAS MY SHOES ON! I’m wearing them right now! Excellent road trip choice.
karrie saysMarch 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm
Did you run over Amie’s leg?