Andy and I weren't exactly a match made in heaven and we weren't exactly Bonnie and Clyde, in fact, we didn't like each other after the first two hours north of Atlanta. We had only two things in common that kept us from killing each other: We both wanted to get to New York ASAP and we were constantly horny. His reason for our trip to New York was not clear to me until we ran out of cash and gas in Baltimore.
|The Kroger on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta|
The longest stop between Atlanta and Baltimore was when we stopped to see Andy's family in Thomasville, North Carolina. He apparently told his grandmother that the car was mine and we needed to get a fuel pump to get up back to New York, where my family lived. It's amazing how car $75 got us. I can honestly say that there is nothing worth going back to Thomasville for, the memory of seeing the "Big Chair" was enough for me.
|The Big Chair in Thomasville, NC|
|The Maryland Penitentiary|
The trip was really uneventful until we got to Baltimore, ran out of gas a block away from the Maryland Penitentiary. I guess by now, you are wondering why he was going to New York. As we sat in the car, in a city neither of us had been, in a neighborhood we had no clue about, he admits the reason he is going to New York. The truth was, he saw New York City as his escape, sanctuary and a new start. We met on a Sunday afternoon. He was living in a Motel 6, working as a server at a Denny's and was fresh off the bus from Arizona. That morning, he'd wandered into a car dealership with a checkbook and the over zealous salesman exchanged a white convertible 1991 Chrysler Le Baron for a check that he couldn't verify funds on. Our trip to Kroger, paid on the very same closed bank account. Keep in mind, this was 1992 and there was no internet back then. Customer service lines for banks were open during traditional banking hours so verifying bank records on Sundays was not an option.
|A 1991 Chrysler Le Baron, just like the one were in.|
|Sheraton Inner Harbor|
|Marriott Inner Harbor|
|The view of New York and the George Washington Bridge from the New Jersey side.|
|The Majestic Theatre on 44th Street|