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tag…er..garage…er..rummage sale?

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Agnes and I have crap we don’t want anymore. Combined with my mom in CT we have a pile of crap nobody wants anymore.  How does one gainfully get rid of unwanted crap in New England?  Have a tag sale, duh!

Even before we landed in Shelton we were plotting.  How could continue to avoid the corporate 9-5 lifestyle but make some quick cash to add to our travel fund, like some serious benjamins to keep the adventures coming?

So without further adieu, mostly uh…don’t, here’s Leonard and Agnes’ How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (tag sale edition)…in 5 painstakingly, well thought out steps.

1)  Separate the crap that you can get rid of from the crap your Aunt Thelma gave you every birthday that she’ll notice missing and take offense to.

2) Make some kick-ass signs with letters big enough to read when you’re in the dense fog of the back woods of Connecticut.

3) Dig out a thousand baseball cards, a couple original gameboys, records and garbage pail kids only to find out they’re worth nothing in today’s market.

4)  Check the weather 100 times in the days prior to the event, seeing forecasts of rain, but choosing to forge ahead.

5) Bake 4 dozen cupcakes and expect well wishers to donate money to your travels in exchange for the generic brand and a sticker with your blog on it ($6 total in donations paid for 50% of the cupcake mix and frosting!)

If you follow these easy steps you too can enjoy 8 hours in 55 degree weather, awkward looks from passers by, a man telling you how much he hates London, a pity buy from your next door neighbor, catching up with some colorful characters, lots of coffee, and an overall great time!

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something about ct.

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So, we’ve been bumming it around CT (my old stomping grounds) for the past two weeks…perhaps you’ve seen us.  As it’s Agnes’ first trip to the Nutmeg State, I’ve taken it upon myself to show her some of the local sites, sounds and tastes.

A must see stop on my patented tour was the Wiffle Ball factory in…you guessed it…Shelton, CT.  Yes, every single one of those impossible-to-hit balls were invented and manufactured in my home town!

We took to the winding, hilly roads on the vintage 1976 Honda CB 550 to explore neighborhoods, cow pastures, shops, and state parks.  Honorable mention goes to  Oronoque Farms (gifts and incredible apple crumb pie), Huntington Street Cafe (friendly service, great tunes huge mugs of coffee and an inventive menu.  The veggie burger club is a must have), and we even hit East Village Park for some Agassi vs. Sampras style action (I think Agnes much preferred exchanging smiles with the nice older gentleman quietly enjoying a midday swing as he watched our showdown)!


My mom took us to The GRAYGOOSE in Southport, CT for an incredible lunch.  We started with calamari appetizer.  Mom chose the ahi tuna salad (best ever), Aggie had a homemade veggie burger, and I enjoyed the Mykonos Salad!  Mmmmm!!Using her new found CT prowess, Agnes put together a great Mother’s Day care package to send home to her mom in FL.  It included a genuine wiffle ball, First Blush wine made at Jones Family Farm (we’ll be spending time exploring the farm in the near future), a map of Shelton, and a homemade plastic grocery store bag holder!


Another crucial tour stop is high stakes bingo at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket (say that 5 times fast!).  We played 20 games, 9 bingo cards at a time, for 4 hours…and won nothing.  We did, however, have a ton of free coffee and soda so I’m pretty sure we beat the system!


On the way to the casino we stopped in the quaint sailing town of Essex– this place was perfect for mama and aggie!  We visited the old steam train, yachts in the marina, and historic homes.

A couple nights ago we had the pleasure of dining at an Italian restaurant called Trattoria Roma.  The food ruled, the portions were huge and the waitress scored big points with Agnes by giving us free tiramisu and saying she looked liked Amy Adams in “Julia and Julia“.

Today we went antiquing and had two great meals.  Agnes scored a leather coach messenger bag for 3 bucks (we’re still on the hunt for a couple antique watches)!  I on the other hand scored nothing (though I loved watching her squeal at her conquest).  We lunched at Katz’s Deli in Woodbridge, famous for the pickles and coleslaw which arrive practically before you’re even seated!  The nova lox and bagels for two were fantastic and a fabulous value at $14 for a ginormous portion!  We were accompanied by my mom (the other CT tour guide) who had a heaping sandwich that was reported as delicious.

For dinner we landed at Aribella’s in Huntington Center.  We were joined by my mom and our good friend Tracy (great company).  We shared laughs as we sipped our red wine and ate some really fine Italian cuisine.  The only low point was the service.  I requested another sauce for my pasta and was informed that “this isn’t Burger King”.  I guess that also gets me out of tipping (that’s not required at the BK)!

Our stay in CT has had about a million highlights.  The days have been jam packed with little projects, organizing, very minor exercise, eating a lot and running Agnes all over the damn state.  Tomorrow we travel to NYC for a two week stay.  Guess we don’t have to bust after all!  Many stories to come….

Thanks for tuning in,

Leonard

skippin’ stones!

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today was spent cruising through milford and getting salty air in our hair!

skippin’ stones from ouraugust on Vimeo.

*made a ridiculous dinner tonight using local olive oils, post to follow as soon as i come out of my food coma!

thank you 8mm app & long island sound

245 gallons of gas on the wall…

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wanted to submit this sunday, but 10 min to wed will work too, right?!

Mileage to CT: 1650
7 tanks of gas
10 states
Cities: Tampa, Holiday, Gainesville, Atlanta, Knoxville, Asheville, Richmond, Baltimore, Shelton

FOOD
Holiday:

We hadn’t made it a mile when it dawned on us that Dunkin Donuts should be our first food stop of many.

Gainesville:
Have you had the lox and bagels at Einstein? Fantastic stuff. The last time we were there in Tampa we flipped up the lip on our coffee cups and won a free bagel sandwich so of course, Agnes being the thrifty shopper that she is, was hell bent on redeeming our winnings. Thus began the search through all of Gainesville to satisfy our palettes and our wallets. Mary led us all over gator country. We hopped a curb, added about 50 miles to the trip and I’m pretty sure we parked the Budget truck on a student or two.

Atlanta:
Our good friend Jacob, who is notorious for his love of nachos, took a step away from his standard and recommended a joint called The Porter in the Little Five Points hood. The Porter had just about every beer you could imagine (and many you couldn’t), inventive food and amazing garlic, herb fries.

Knoxville:
After a drive down the main drag, checking into the Holiday Inn Knoxville, and consulting a helpful concierge, we ended up in the Downtown Grill and Brewery. The food was…eh. I ordered what I thought would be a Greek salad (turned out to be a weird ass pizza…basically a soggy tortilla with cheese….which coincidentally is our new band name) and Agnes snagged a portabella burger. Who knew that after 11PM they changed the menu to what only can be referred to as bar(f)ood!? On a more positive note, they brewed their own beer that came in “free” commemorative glasses. If you’re in town be sure to try their microbrews. We went for the IPA and the White Mule Ale. Tasty!



Asheville:
To reiterate, Asheville is incredible. It’s where dreams come true. It’s where the streets are paved in gold. It’s better than fu*king Disneyland. It’s as if the mountains, the air, the trees, the plants, the people, and the Biltmores had one big artistic love child. We love it. Can’t you just picture Leonard and Agnes sitting on a porch, sipping lemonade, blogging and whiling away the hours? We can!! Back to the food though! A quick google search turned up a gem! It’s a vegetarian/vegan spot called The Green Light Cafe. It was a light, refreshing, and fulfilling treat. Check this out…they had chlorophyll water. No shit! We sucked it down by the eerie green gallon. For lunch we split vegetable spring rolls and a tempeh blt . Both were better than the other…figure that out.

Richmond:
We strutted across the Best Western parking lot at 2am, plastic cups of Riesling in hand, to the local gas station and were thrilled with our find. Sandwiches made to order! What a prize after we stared a dead whore in the face only an hour earlier.

Baltimore:
Early on in our adventure we decided it would be cool to indulge our inner foodies. Agnes whipped out her iPhone, hopped on the app store and within seconds found Flavortown, an app that showed every location featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. After a couple failed attempts and near misses with cities we landed in Baltimore on our last travel day at a joint call BOP (brick oven pizza). We had the white clam pizza (garlic sauce, mozzarella, parmigiana, fontina and ocean clams for $11.65) Wow!

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On Monday, April 25th we set out on an adventure. No, not an adventure…a lifestyle! We started in Holiday, FL and ended in Shelton, CT, taking in some must see sights along the way. Armed with a fully packed 15’ Budget truck (which was completely rearranged by Agnes’ dad), a GPS affectionately named Mary, 2 iPhone 4’s (thank god because Mary was telling lies), and some Easter Candy, we woke before sunrise and hopped in the big rig that would be our home away from home for the next 72 hours. Some of you even saw the sign on our truck and wrote in. Thanks for not criticizing my driving. That thing was a bitch!

We’d had the idea for some time to broaden our horizons beyond the sunshine state and experience the country…then the continent…then the world. That’s right! This is just the beginning. Neither of us are huge fans of convention, so this is the transition from the stress of the corporate world to the documenting of our travels, our food, our laughs, our family, our old friends/new…ouraugust!

In hindsight, we went took just about the most back-assed route possible, adding roughly 550 miles to an 1100 mile trip. You know what!? It was worth it. We got lost on the University of Florida campus. We navigated Knoxville after a storm surge knocked out the power and all the back windows in our hotel. We traversed the Smoky Mountains on a shit and a prayer (as we descended, my knuckles white, Agnes delighted in snapping photos of runaway truck ramps). We fell in love with Asheville, N.C. (It’s rich with art, music, food and wonderful views! Shout out to the wonderful, friendly people we met.) We aimed for Greensboro and completely missed. We were terrorized by an extremely high off ramp and a scary hotel in Richmond, VA. We drove through our nation’s capital. We were very happily surprised by the Fell’s Point neighborhood in Baltimore. We saw the gorgeous NYC skyline from New Jersey (Agnes was beside herself). We arrived in CT, 4 hours later than planned in the pitch black dark and the worst fog I’ve ever seen– and 7 tanks of gas in the friggin’ truck…. The best part though? We said we were gonna do it and we did. High five!


Thanks for tuning in,
Leonard

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