I went down to Cape May, NJ this weekend. Rented a car for the first time in my life – very exciting. We left about lunch time and decided to find some fast food along the way. We pulled off the highway 3 or 4 times and much to my dismay, it seems that NJ does not believe in fast food. We passed a McDonald’s once which tbf won’t eat. Finally I stumbled apon an Arby’s and by that point it was almost dinner time. Not fun at all.
So we got there about 5 on Friday in just enough time to see a hawk my aunt and uncle had caught right before we got there. We both got to hold it and I think I was the one to release it. Saturday we spend the whole day in the blind with my aunt and uncle. We caught, weighed, banded and measured 4 different kinds of hawks that morning alone. We also saw a few Bald Eagles and a Golden Eagle. It was a very fun learning experience this weekend. To me bird watching and banding is just a really weird family thing that I’ve grown up around and accept. I thought it would be really strange to tbf, but he actually got in to it and enjoyed the experience. It’s really cool to catch hawks, I must say.
Saturday night we went out to a nice Italian place in downtown Cape May and at the table next to us there was this loud, annoying guy who got louder as dinner (and beers) went along. At one point he started talking about the Texas v. Texas Tech game and how he hoped Tech beat Texas because then Penn State would move into the top 2 and go to the championship. This makes me think he’s the kind of guy who gets a good hand in poker and lays down his cards, only to be beat. It’s too early to be sure your team is going to go to to the championship just because they are in the top 2. To be honest, I wanted Texas to win, because I don’t think Tech can go to the championship, and on the off chance that they did manage it, I don’t think they’ll win. I think Texas could. So Tech won – Texas clearly didn’t want it – they didn’t show up to play. I’m happy for Tech, that’s awesome for them, but sad for Texas – and this divide is something I’ll have forever having gone to both schools. Last nigh the BCS rankings came out and I have to say that I am just SO happy that the guy at dinner Sat night was wrong and Penn State is still number 3. Tech is number 2 – Wreck em!
Sunday we went to a different blind with my aunt and uncle that overlooked a marsh and caught more birds. Fun! Getting back to NY was such a pain. Driving the NJ Parkway was no problem, but once we got through Staten Island and Brooklyn into Queens it was damn near impossible to get to my apartment. It took us an hour to drive 4 blocks because all the roads were blocked off for the marathon. We went in so many circles and followed so many wrong directions before finally finding the one road we needed that made it possible to get to where I live. That’s all there was. Only one possibility. So frustrating when the police standing all around are jerks and won’t help you out (read: give incorrect directions).
Anyway, that was my weekend. I know my thoughts are totally fragmented and random. Eh, so be it.