Do you ever say something and then you think about it and you realize you’ve never really thought about what you’re saying? That’s just what happened to me when I titled this blog entry, “Balls to the wall”, I know it means that you’re pushing hard, but I wasn’t sure why it meant that. Here’s the origin, the “balls” are knobs atop the plane’s
throttle control. Pushing the throttle all the way forward, to the
wall of the cockpit, is to apply full throttle.
I’ve been going full throttle lately. Saturday night, Jaclyn and I closed down Maxwell’s bar in Doylestown, Winston woke us up about 5 times between 3AM and 7AM, and then we tried to cram some naps in during the day before we had to head off to a baby shower for Matt and Shanna.
At 6:30PM, the baby shower was winding down and I had to head up to Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. I had a job interview the next day and I needed to get there early, sleep and be at my best for the next morning.
Saratoga Springs is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen. The main street is called Broadway and all the stores and shops are impeccable, it reminds me of a Christmas village. The town was a huge destination for people 200 years ago when the natural springs were thought to cure a number of ailments. Today, one place still exists where you can take a bath in the natural spring water, it’s fizzy and filled with all kinds of natural minerals that come straight form the ground. I didn’t bring a bathing suit or else I would have definitely partaken, the charge about $25 for 45 minutes in the hot bath. In addition to the hot baths, there’s a ton of natural springs where you can take a cup or bottle and grab some of the fresh mineral water straight from the earth. I talked to some locals who said it tasted horrible and had lots of sulfur in it. If I had more time to explore the springs, I definitely would have chugged a big bottle of that weird tasting potion. I am definitely going to go back, it’s about 4 hours away, but a really cool place to check out. They also have a famous horse track and some sort of casino.
Saratoga Springs is less than 200 miles away from Montreal, how cool is that? I think I am going to tack that onto my next road trip up north.
On my way home, I stopped off at Woodstock, NY. It’s amazing how many amazing artists and musicians lived in Woodstock, I had to check out the place and feel it’s magic. To be honest, I found it to be a real cross between yuppie and hippie, it looked like a perfect cross between New Hope and Doylestown. If you’re looking for a weird, strange town with lots of nature near by, I’d take New Hope over Woodstock. There was an accident on the main road as I headed into Woodstock, I had to take a bunch of windy, curvy, narrow back roads to find my way there. Bob Dylan had his serious motorcycle accident on these same back roads…I enjoyed the side trip through Woodstock. There’s a big film festival in Woodstock in October, that might be a fun thing to do this year.
How did the interview go? Well, thanks for asking. It went great. But I think interviews always go great, you’d really have to do something offensive for someone to be hostile to you during an interview. I say I have about a 35% chance of getting the job, it’s a really great position that will need a really talented person, hopefully it’s me.
One last thought of the day. As I drove from Pennsylvania to upstate New York, I couldn’t stop thinking about an awful thing that someone showed me months ago, 2 girls, 1 cup. If you haven’t seen it, don’t watch it, it will make you vomit. It will make you so sick, you will want to die. It is safe to say that it is the sickest thing ever captured on video tape. Anyways, like a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I had a flashback to this awful video as I was driving. I kept wondering why someone would film this, why two women would agree to partake, and why would millions of Americans watch it. It’s really a puzzling thing to think about.