Wednesday, March 27, 2013

i bet you feel like you were actually there

Several months ago Michelle and I had the brilliant revelation that a sitcom should be made based on our lives because we are hilarious and America deserves to be treated our wit and humor that for thirty minutes weekly.  

One night we sat down to write the pilot.  After we worked for approximately five hours we decided that actually writing a sitcom was A. LOT. OF. WORK.  Since then the only progress we've made on the sitcom is giving events in our life sitcom titles.

"Laura and Michelle Get a New Refrigerator"

"Laura and Michelle Have an Ill-fated Hair Experiment with Hot Rollers"

"Laura and Michelle Finally Take Their Christmas Decorations Down in March."

Well, this weekend we decided to visit the Titanic that's on exhibit at a museum in the city.  And we named the adventure "Laura and Michelle Take Philadelphia."

On Sunday morning we checked the train schedules only to find out that the line that we would typically take was closed for maintenance.  That meant that we had to drive to a train station in a neighboring suburb, and since I'm more familiar with the area than Michelle, I agreed to handle the train part of the journey if she would take charge of actual city navigation.

When we arrived at the train station, I pulled my car into a perfectly convenient spot, but unfortunately it was only pick up/drop off parking.  

 I drove to the next lot.  

Permit parking only. 

So I did the only thing left to do in the situation, which was park next to the dumpster in the back of the McDonald's parking lot and cross my fingers that parking enforcement would assume the car belonged to either a McDonald's employee or someone enjoying a daylong fast food feast and not an individual disobeying the MCDONALD'S PARKING ONLY signs.

We parked and ran across the street to the train platform, all the while pondering WHERE EXACTLY THE OCCASIONAL REGIONAL RAIL COMMUTER IS SUPPOSED TO PARK THESE DAYS.

And then we climbed up on the platform and looked behind it and to what did our wondering eyes did appear but a GIGANTIC, EMPTY, FREE OF CHARGE PARKING LOT.  

Evidently that's where the occasional regional rail commuter is supposed to park these days.

Well.  Now we know.

We made it to the city, and once we hopped off the train we wandered around looking for someplace to eat lunch.  And wandered and wandered and wandered some more until Michelle finally said "I JUST KNEW WE SHOULD HAVE PACKED A LUNCH" and I started quoting an article I read one time about "food deserts" in big cities. 

Finally, AND I DO MEAN FINALLY, we caught sight of a promising sign that said "The Mix."  Michelle had worked in an office the area a few years ago and remembered The Mix as a store where you could buy customized bags of fancy mixed nuts, but we decided to give it a try anyway and when we realized it was actually a restaurant I almost kissed the menu.

We looked over the menus and I talked a big game about not being able to decide between the grilled pear salad and the chopped salad, but when the waitress came over I let my true colors shine and ordered the chicken the chicken bacon ranch sandwich with french fries, please and thank you.

It was delicious.

From there we strolled down to the museum.  The line to buy tickets was nearly OUT THE DOOR but thanks to the wonders of modern technology and our quick thinking, we bought tickets on our iPhones and picked them up at will call.  

It worked out perfectly really, because Michelle has been wanting to experience a real will call window ever since she ordered concert tickets a few weeks ago, selected the will call option, AND THEN CALLED.  


We spent several hours wandering around the museum and the Titanic exhibit.  It was very interesting and I learned a lot that I didn't know but I don't have much to say about it here because it's not really a humorous topic and let's be honest, humor is my wheelhouse.

We caught the 6:16 train home and by the time we got to our stop I was so nervous about my car being towed from McDonald's that I was shaking.  

I'm happy to report Old Blue was right where I left her.

So when our sitcom comes out, don't expect the episode "Laura and Michelle Take on the Parking Authority."


Angela said...

That is so funny! I would totally watch your sitcom. :) glad your car did not get towed... That is the worst! Trust me, it may or may not have happene to me......twice?

Mrs JK said...

Haha. "Laura and Michelle take on the parking authority" would have made for a good episode, but glad you found your car right were you left it.

Becky said...

Hahaha she called on her phone?! I love fun adventures with good friends!

Robin said...

I can see myself doing the same thing - parking somewhere just to find the appropriate place less than five minutes later!

Jenna said...

I feel you on writing the sitcom. I've just settled for my blog. Also, that sandwich showed up as your Bloglovin' picture and made me hungry already, at 9:30 a.m. This could be a long day. Glad you had such a great time!

ae said...

Haha! I would definitely watch the Laura and Michelle sitcom.

REBrown said...

That sandwich looks amazing!

I've definitely had the nervous will my car be there when I get back feeling before.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

There are really not too many restaurants around the Franklin Institute! It's weird, really.

I'm glad your car wasn't towed!

Erin @ Sassin Southern Style said...

I need my own reality show. So much of my wit is wasted in the privacy of my car... usually when shouting at other passengers.

Joy said...

This is hilarious!!! And that plate of food, well, I think you made the right choice!

Tallia said...

those fries look delicious! I am hungry now!

Brittany Kyte said...

Oh my! You girls are too funny! Sounds like a blast :)

Tayler Morrell said...

I believe everyone wants their life to be turned into a sitcom. We are just funny people!

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

Sounds like an adventure!!

Amanda said...

bahahahah that's hilarious. I would watch your sit com. Also, this story sounds hauntingly familiar to many of the adventures my friends and I experience living in Asia, so I can relate.

Sarah and Stewart said...

Oh my gosh, your life could totally be a sitcom... you should really consider it! ;-)

Emily {Isnt That Charming} said...

Haha - this post made me laugh out loud. Really though, how much FUN would it be to have your own sitcom?!
Isn’t That Charming.

Sarah S. said...

lol... this is great! I would totally watch your show :)

Stephanie + Walter said...

This sounds like a fun day. I would be the person to miss the huge parking lot, too :)

Sarah said...

Hi Laura! Just hopping around today and wanted to let you know that I'm hosting a Stella and Dot jewelry giveaway on Friday! It's my first one but wanted to give you the heads up. Hope you'll stop by then!

The Golden Girls said...

That food looks delicious!! Hugs from Cali! xx The Golden Girls

meme-and-he said...

haha this was hilarious. I have totally parked at McDonalds before and hoped no one would catch me. You two should seriously start writing out your crazy episodes and make it into a book or something...I would read it!

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I think a sitcom would be hilarious!! You should totally do it. And I'm glad you found lunch, that food looks amazing. And I'm glad Old Blue made it out in one piece and without a ticket. That's a huge relief!!

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