the tweets tell it

So earlier this year I made the brilliant decision to take a train from NYC to Tampa to visit friends.   I did a recap of the adventure here, but recently found something much more interesting…tweets.   For whatever reason I wanted to see how far back twitter saved timelines and I discovered mine from earlier this year.   I’ve gotta say my tweets and much more interesting than my blogs.   Check it out below, keep in mind this will be a backwards read if you start from the top, to see the chronological order o’tweets scroll to the bottom and read up.

II’m home and it is SNOT cold, but I’m so excited to pick up my mini me…I hope he likes his FL presents!! February 1, 2010 4:11:45 PM EST via web

ok there’s a blog a brewing about my delightful experience aboard the amtrak from new york penn to orlando (b/c I couldn’t make it tpa) February 1, 2010 4:11:06 PM EST via web

Howie altschules on my plane ! February 1, 2010 11:26:47 AM EST via UberTwitter

going through my TIA traditions…gift shop down, observation deck (sans cig) then coffee, waiting and xanax February 1, 2010 9:33:37 AM EST via web

Last thing on fl agenda find something tampa-esque with a dino on it. That will be sooooo easy blah. February 1, 2010 7:23:22 AM EST via UberTwitter

@djgoofywhitekid yes !!! My chill pills are in. January 31, 2010 6:19:00 PM EST via UberTwitter

Standing in front of the greatest mirror ever. I wanna take it home it makes me look great !! January 31, 2010 4:37:38 PM EST via UberTwitter

Let the panic attacks over flying begin. Ughhhh not ok. January 31, 2010 4:21:42 PM EST via UberTwitter

Wandering. January 31, 2010 3:39:08 PM EST via UberTwitter

Recovering from yesterdays festivites and last nights ridiulousness January 31, 2010 10:42:38 AM EST via UberTwitter

Omg. Omg. Wtf. Wow. Tampa. January 31, 2010 2:55:28 AM EST

via UberTwitter @finkyFLZ I think she only speaks the word of fink. January 31, 2010 2:27:45 AM EST via UberTwitter

Ps. A lil tipsy but that’s what happens in tampa January 31, 2010 2:26:38 AM EST via UberTwitter

OhMG January 31, 2010 2:24:34 AM EST via UberTwitter

@finkyflz is a douche to the bag. January 31, 2010 1:27:34 AM EST via UberTwitter

Proud mama of @djjaimeferreria at the venue  January 31, 2010 1:16:21 AM EST via UberTwitter

@finkyFLZ @froggyradio @HurricaneFLZ @ashallann @djjaimeferreira I’m with beth January 31, 2010 1:08:23 AM EST via UberTwitter

Looooong way from sober with peeps I can’t recall to @ January 31, 2010 1:07:50 AM EST via UberTwitter

This is not good. January 30, 2010 11:30:35 PM EST via UberTwitter

@finkyFLZ no January 30, 2010 10:07:29 PM EST via UberTwitter

Say what you need to say. January 30, 2010 7:56:32 PM EST via UberTwitter

I did pretty well keeping up with the FLZ float in flip flops…in the rain….and I only fell once…wooo! January 30, 2010 7:19:39 PM EST via web

@tkradio I did for good reasons then but I’m ready to move back…circle K here I come!!! January 30, 2010 7:18:37 PM EST via web in reply to tkradio

@HockeyJoeGM for serious…who does that??? January 30, 2010 6:50:12 PM EST via web in reply to HockeyJoeGM

I heart tampa ! Love this place everyone should move here. January 30, 2010 6:47:31 PM EST via UberTwitter

this is why  albany suucks http://bit.ly/9HpZy1 January 30, 2010 6:26:10 PM EST via TweetDeck

@Kaneshow you make the flight. January 30, 2010 4:50:48 PM EST via UberTwitter in reply to Kaneshow

@ArwenAnaNg I took a train from ny to ride on a float #ilovegasparilla January 30, 2010 9:22:55 AM EST via UberTwitter in reply to ArwenAnaNg Gasparillllllla

. January 30, 2010 7:47:10 AM EST via UberTwitter Blue martinis but they’re apple de ap. It begins. January 29, 2010 7:24:47 PM EST via UberTwitter

I’m just owning my smell January 29, 2010 6:30:52 PM EST via UberTwitter

I want a southern accent. I think ill just start using one when I get back home, it’ll be an accessory but for my voice. January 29, 2010 12:27:08 PM EST via UberTwitter

Oooh we drove past the sanford auto train station…looks like the expansion is underway ! Auto train from lorton,va is a great ride. January 29, 2010 12:25:30 PM EST via UberTwitter

Yes. Winter Park !!!!! One more stop and I’m off to Tampa !!! #baddecisionbutforgoodreasons January 29, 2010 12:24:04 PM EST via UberTwitter

@KristiGustafson where are you near a waffle house??? They’re best around 2am 🙂 January 29, 2010 12:20:48 PM EST via UberTwitter in reply to kristigustafson

@Kaneshow that could potentially suck hardcore !!! January 29, 2010 12:12:17 PM EST via UberTwitter in reply to Kaneshow

Aaaand to put the cherry on top of a great trip I’m now violently ill. Still wanna follow me ? January 29, 2010 11:13:22 AM EST via UberTwitter

OMthisisnotGood January 29, 2010 10:47:45 AM EST via UberTwitter

You know ur in florida when…. http://tweetphoto.com/9890325 January 29, 2010 9:50:21 AM EST via UberTwitter You know ur in florida when…. http://tweetphoto.com/9890063 January 29, 2010 9:46:30 AM EST via UberTwitter

Wooooo florida !!! January 29, 2010 9:42:27 AM EST via UberTwitter

I’ve never been so excited to shower in my entire life January 29, 2010 8:42:45 AM EST via UberTwitter

@froggyradio I hope I get to see you ! January 29, 2010 7:36:24 AM EST via UberTwitter in reply to froggyradio

RT @HurricaneFLZ: Looking forward to a rainy Gasparilla parade…. wet beads out the butt! (No need to flash just wear a white shirt) January 29, 2010 7:33:48 AM EST via UberTwitter

RT @timesunion: No reduction in accidents after NY’s ban on cellphone use while driving. http://bit.ly/aFwpd9 January 29, 2010 6:52:50 AM EST via UberTwitter

Woooo savvannah ! That’s totally misspelled. January 29, 2010 6:52:01 AM EST via UberTwitter

I have secret motives for wanting to visit tampa…it has nothing to do with gasparilla…its chik fil a. January 29, 2010 6:47:44 AM EST via UberTwitter

Faillll we’re only in SC ! January 29, 2010 5:46:17 AM EST via UberTwitter

I’m only seeing flat. We’ve gotta be in fl. January 29, 2010 5:23:52 AM EST via UberTwitter Wtf is up raleigh ? Shouldve been here two hours ago. January 28, 2010 11:46:24 PM EST via UberTwitter

@tkradio shut up ! Finding it now, thx. January 28, 2010 10:11:24 PM EST via UberTwitter in reply to tkradio

@RileyCouture you are sooooo weird. January 28, 2010 9:52:19 PM EST via UberTwitter in reply to RileyCouture

I have no idea where I am. Hoping tweeting my location will help ! January 28, 2010 9:37:38 PM EST via UberTwitter

Hello Billie Meyers ‘kiss the rain’…whatever happened to you. January 28, 2010 9:29:32 PM EST via UberTwitter

Whaaat ? Va

-jay-jay bracelets on etsy ? Whywhywhy #hopeitswaxed January 28, 2010 9:12:48 PM EST via UberTwitter Really hertz ? You’re gonna charge me 200 bucks to drive a minivan straight to TIA ? #wrathoftheredheadiscoming January 28, 2010 9:00:44 PM EST via UberTwitter

Just met the most amazing eccentric old man at dinner who had a cell phone flask and talked about how rich he was..score ! January 28, 2010 8:57:25 PM EST via UberTwitter

Yessss. First wasted lady on the train. I wonder how many five dollar coors lights she had to drink to wear that buzz so well. January 28, 2010 5:48:29 PM EST via UberTwitter

Despite the random middle o’ nowhere layover this is a really nice way to see things I’ve never seen. January 28, 2010 4:57:14 PM EST via UberTwitter Damn its cold in dc. January 28, 2010 4:32:39 PM EST via UberTwitter

There’s a dude watching caddyshack full blast on his laptop (no headphones) I don’t know if I should yell at him or applaud him. January 28, 2010 4:12:54 PM EST via UberTwitter

I love DC ! January 28, 2010 3:58:11 PM EST via UberTwitter

@KrystalS under !! January 28, 2010 3:20:06 PM EST via UberTwitter

@tkradio supposed to be 24 hours-ish but now that’s an unknown. Gonna try to jump out at o-town and drive to tpa to get my isht done-sorry! January 28, 2010 2:48:10 PM EST via UberTwitter

@dmthemd sweet thanks…I think I might just try to head to bwi. Disaster, but a fun one ! January 28, 2010 2:18:07 PM EST via UberTwitter

At least I have a superfun seatmate we’re just laughing about this. January 28, 2010 2:08:09 PM EST via UberTwitter @dmthemd yes I think close to bmore they like to talk to their passengers like they’re morons. Its very blair witch around me right now January 28, 2010 2:07:24 PM EST via UberTwitter in reply to dmthemd

How much would a cab to BWI from the baltimore station be ? January 28, 2010 2:04:44 PM EST via UberTwitter

@dmthemd oh wait. They’re leaving us on the tracks. This is amazing !!!! January 28, 2010 2:02:21 PM EST via UberTwitter in reply to dmthemd

@dmthemd being ferried to the dc station. Allegedly we’ll come back but noooo one knows when. January 28, 2010 2:01:22 PM EST via UberTwitter

Aaaaaand the train is totally broken. DC peeps whatsup I’m coming ur way ! January 28, 2010 1:55:35 PM EST via UberTwitter I could listen to U2’s All I Want is You all day…. 12:53 PM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

Malfunctioning engine. Siiiiigh. Dc is in a few stops maybe that’s where ill get off rent a car and go home. 12:28 PM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

Rip mr salinger 12:21 PM Jan 28th via UberTwitter @LaLoca_Dr yay are you around this weekend ? 12:03 PM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

I’ve been up since 7am wed. Neeed sleeep. 12:01 PM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

I have a very small bladder – suddenly the window seat isn’t so awesome. #limitliquids 11:34 AM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

Hey philly ! 11:31 AM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

I’m excited to have the 5th gen ipod nano on this train ride. The radio geek in me can listen to tons of stations along the way ! 10:33 AM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

Dear amtrak. No need to be so douchey. 9:45 AM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

I’m going to be on a train for the next 24 hours or so. Heavy tweeting ahead, if I already annoy you unfollow me now 7:57 AM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

@BravoAndy wooooo. You and kristen johnston are pee yourself funny together. Love it !! 7:56 AM Jan 28th via UberTwitter in reply to BravoAndy

Maaaan. I wanted to grab something quick from hm but its snowing in the city and I didn’t bring a coat…booo. 7:54 AM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

If your life is ever going to get better, you’ll have to take risks. There is simply no way you can grow without taking chances. 6:05 AM Jan 28th via UberTwitter

is it too warm in tampa for suede fringed boots? 12:33 AM Jan 28th via web

i’m in a fierce foul mood and still have work and packing ahead of me…why did I think this was a good idea…#impetuousredheads 8:12 PM Jan 27th via web Do u think amtrak can facilitate clean eating….hmmmm

destination florida

Have you ever decided to be completely impulsive and do something a little crazy?  Last week I decided to break out of my fairly rigid schedule and visit Tampa, FL (duh, are there any other Tampas?)  I lived in Tampa for a few years while working at an amazing radio station and this past weekend was a HUGE weekend for Tampa — Gasparilla.  Just click the link to find out what it is because Gasparilla requires a whole blog of its own.  I still have some friends who live in the area and my old station has a float in the Gasparilla parade so I thought it would be fantastic to just up and visit….fun right???  Sort of.

I  have a serious issue with flying, I get paralyzing panic attacks just thinking about it.   To get myself on a flight I need a) xanax & b) a direct flight.   Impulsive me couldn’t find a direct flight to Tampa or Orlando and I haven’t held a xanax prescription in at least 2 years so I went with the next best option – AMTRAK.  

~Did you just say, “seriously?”  That’s cool, it’s been most people’s reaction~

 Yes I thought taking a train from Penn Station to Tampa would be a genius move.  I honestly don’t mind train travel, one of my favorite trips involved the auto train which runs from Lorton, VA to Sanford, FL…I figured this 25+ hour trip would be almost relaxing so I booked a round trip  coach seat on Amtrak and loaded up my iPod for an adventure.  Sort of.

My journey began at 6am last Thursday when I caught the train to Manhattan to catch my 10:52am train to Tampa.  The train at Penn was on time, we boarded easily, I met my seatmate (who was sooo sweet) and settled into my window seat.   The attendant in our car said this was going to be a full train to Florida.   We took off and for the first few hours it was smooth sailing, many many stops, but not too bad.  I did realize my window seat was going to be super annoying to myseatmate because I have the world’s smallest bladder, but heeeey, that’s cool, train travel has it’s ups and downs.   Things got interesting when we stopped in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere:

 

Looks delightful right?  We figured out we were just outside of Baltimore, and everyone in the car became a little concerned when the conducter and attendants all convened for some secret train meeting.  After about ten minutes they announced that the engine brake had died (because you and I know what that means) and the train had turned into a very large paperweight…going nowhere fast.   That super positive announcement was followed up with a series of announcements:

Announcement 1:  We’re going to have another train come out pick you up, don’t bring your luggage, we’re just going to drop you at the DC train station while we fix the problem…we’re not sure how long it’s going to take.  When it’s fixed we’ll bring you back to the train and you can continue on. (for serious)

Announcement 2:  We’re gonna have another train come and take all of for the rest of the trip, we’re done with this train but we don’t know when the new train is going to get here. (eeek)

Announcement 3:  We’re gonna have an engineer come to this train and see if they can fix the problem.   Get comfortable.(score)

Announcement 3 was the winner so we waited on the track for awhile.  A long ass time, like three trips to the batroom long.   I started cursing the Acela  that was flying by.  Finally a crack train fixer (that’s the technical term) boarded and got the engine issue to function enough to get us and the train to DC so they could switch out our electric engine for a diesel one.  Clearly the much more environmentally friendly move.   We waited for about 45 minutes in DC while the switched out the engines, and it was actually kinda cool to watch.   Soon enough we were on our way, but were already two hours behind schedule and we weren’t even 12 hours into our trip.  I was immediately regretting my brilliant decision to take the train to Tampa.  

After the DC breakdown debacle I think I went into a self induced blur because I can only remember snippets.   There were interesting things to see:

 but there was also weirdness like the dude who decided to watch a movie with loud sex scenes on his laptop on full blast, without headphones.  Or the crazy 75 year old who sat with me at dinner drinking out of his cell phone shaped flask and tried to get me to come back to his room .  I’m sure there was more but I think I just grayed out.

When it was time to go to bed, well go to the reclining position,  I desperately wanted to sleep but couldn’t.   If you’re slightly tall you will never be able to get comfortable in the Amtrak seats.  I eventually passed out when we were in Raleigh and woke up in Georgia.   We were getting closer to Florida, but had apparently stopped for a looong time overnight and were now behind five hours!  I was starting to panic about EVER getting to Tampa.  I don’t know if it was my nerves, or dinner, or breakfast, or germs, but soon after I woke up from my recline I got sick.  On an Amtrak train.  The last place on earth you ever want to get sick on is an Amtrak train…trust me I’ve gotten the flu at LARKFest, and had to get sick in a port a potty.  Amtrak is much worse.   I’ll leave out the nitty gritty but I eventually felt better as we got close to Orlando.  Oh that’s right, Orlando.  Orlando was

WHERE THE BATHROOMS IN OUR CAR BROKE.

A lack of usuable bathrooms was the cherry on top of this awesome journey and  I decided that I wasn’t going to stick around for the extra 2 hours to Tampa.   When the train pulled into Orlando, I grabbed my stuff, jumped off the train, went to the Hertz location, rented a car and took off across I-4 to Hillsborough County.  Done with the long train trips.

I’m not trying to knock Amtrak, I think my trip was a series of unfortunate events.  My seatmate was so nice, I was able to see parts of the country you could only see from the train, I had some pleasant conversation over dinner and breakfast (not with the 75 year old man who was hitting on me) and I did eventually make it to Tampa safely.

I flew back.