I have not written in exactly 21 days. I know. I know. Not at my best right now. I will get better. Upon Lo’s arrival from NYC, we set off on another adventure, Knoxville, TN. I rented a car from priceline.com for $12/day. Very cheap. The question would be what we would get for this amount? Well Hertz came through. Lauren and I set off on our journey in a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. Amenities included both driver and passenger air bags, cd player, XM availability, IPOD hookup, keyless entry, sun roof, power windows, and even a built-in navigation system. Who is cool? This couple. After seven hours of couple’s karaoke, we made it to Knoxville.
Saturday is football time in Tennessee. They should have made that known to the Volunteer football team. A poor showing from them, but none-the-less a fun time. We tailgated at Animal House. Should any of you happen to remember one of the places I called home in Oxford, Oak Grove (behind Billiard’s), then you can picture Animal House. However, Animal House made Oak Grove look like the Hilton. Lauren was disgusted, therefore, staying outside as much as possible. All in all, we had a great time and look forward to another trip to UT.
The following weekend was Ole Miss Weekend. We watched the debate on Friday, then l lost my voice watching the Rebels do the impossible (block an extra-point, stop Tebow from gaining 1 yard, and beating Florida). Go Rebels! Then Monday came around and I realized I was still an Ole Miss fan and in some way they would ruin it. They did. A loss to South Carolina.
That, however, would take back seat to the weekend I was having. The University of Virginia and Charlottesville are two of the most amazing sites east of the Mississippi. Bold statement, but if you ever visit there you will see what I am talking about. Our friend Jackson, invited us down for the weekend and I have to give it to him, he knows how to entertain. We started the weekend by eating at a restaurant on the downtown mall. For those of you who have never been to UVA, the downtown mall is similar to the square in Oxford. A place filled with nightlife, unique shops, and eccentric restaurants. Post dinner, we ventured out to some local hot spots and called it a night, well morning.
Saturday morning, actually mid-day came, and we headed out to King Family Vineyards for a wine tasting. No words can describe this setting. You can see from the pictures below, the beauty of the landscape surrounding this vineyard. After being in bliss for quite some time, we headed back to Charlottesville to get ready for the UVA-Maryland game. The drive back consisted of windows down, breeze flowing through the vehicle, eyes closed (except Jackson who was driving) and listening to the happiest music on repeat. We all were smiling. We were happy.
Back in Charlottesville, we headed to campus and re-lived college for a bit. We traveled to Jackson’s beloved home, the Kappa Sig house, where Lauren and I reminisced on being in college. Oh the joy we had, yet we never fully realized it until now. We walked to the rotunda and through the infamous lawn. Jackson’s girlfriend’s parents were gracious enough to allow us to sit in their box for the game. It felt like home with the McFatters in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, yet miles away. Maryland was no contest to UVA, who easily took the victory. Many might not know my obsession with college bands. At one point in time, I wanted to be in the band and actually was..... (6th) grade. Baseball changed that. However, I love it. There is nothing better than a crisp Saturday night on a college campus and the school band pumping up the crowd. Especially when they play “From Dixie With Love”. Now I may have found my match. Jackson and I sat in amazement for most of the second half listening and talking about the band. After the game, approximately 20 minutes, only two young men were left standing, gazing at the UVA band as they finished their post game rituals. Jackson and I. At one point, we were hoping that after each song, one more would be played. Eventually our luck ran out and the band left the stadium. After a long and exhausting day, we called it a night. Sunday, we ate lunch with a goat named Jimmy Rester and made our way back to D.C. It was a great weekend.
Our Hyundai Elantra
King Family Vineyard