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.
ON HER TELEPHONE.
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."