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A Little Bit of Moderation

October 28, 2010

My great grandfather always seemed impossibly old. He lived into his nineties. And whenever anyone asked, he credited his longevity to moderation. That was the secret, he said.

I heard the message. It is emblazoned in my memory. I can even still hear him saying the words.  But somehow his advice never really sank in.

But in some ways I’m moderate.  One specific way is politically.  I’ll parse my specific political beliefs on some other blog at some other time, but suffice it to say that I think both sides of the aisle have good ideological points.  I think there are a lot of people like me out there.  And tomorrow I’m leaving to go meet a few of them.

Yes, I’m packing up the FUSSYlittleCAR and bringing the FUSSYlittleFAMILY to Washington D.C. for the Rally to Restore Sanity.

You’ll never guess what I’m looking forward to most.

Korean fried chicken, specifically BonChon chicken.  Officially, it’s not in D.C. but rather just across the river in Virginia.  And I plan to eat an immoderate amount of the stuff, because it is just that good.  It’s impossibly crispy.  I have no idea how they do that to chicken fat and skin, but whatever they do, they claim it’s “nutritiously enriched.”

But I think I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.

Tomorrow I am driving Young Master Fussy and Little Miss Fussy to New Jersey, where they will sleep over with their favorite “cousins.” Officially they aren’t really cousins, but our families go way back.  Regrettably, by this point Mrs. Fussy will already be in D.C. for a previously scheduled conference.  This is really only relevant to you in that today’s post will be the last one that sees the moderating influence of Mrs. Fussy’s editing pen.

There is a café I’m hoping to try in New Jersey before leaving for D.C. on Friday morning.  It comes recommended, and I wasn’t able to make a stop on the last trip.

After a few more hours in the car with two small children we’ll pull into D.C.  We may need a snack, and I’m guessing they will love Sweet Green.  I know I do, and it would be good for a light late lunch so we don’t fill up too much before BonChon.  But ADS may have other plans.  That man is a terrible influence.

Saturday is the rally, and I have no idea what we’ll be eating.  But I do hope to snag a decent cappuccino in the morning.

Driving back Sunday will be a bear.  I’m imagining two tired kids who haven’t slept in their own beds for three nights.  And it’s a seven-hour drive.  Mrs. Fussy will have already left, for she is either not nearly as moderate as I, or perhaps she is much more moderate, but either way she feels no need to attend the rally.

Naturally, my plan is to stop off in Philadelphia for more cappuccino and possibly a roast pork sandwich or two from DiNic’s at the Reading Terminal Market.  All of this feels vaguely familiar.

Last time I had the kids in Philadelphia I took them to where I first met Mrs. Fussy.  Maybe during this brief visit I will take them to the Liberty Bell.  Or maybe instead we get a cheese steak in addition to the roast pork sandwich.  I have a funny feeling the kids will go nuts for the whiz.

Cheese steak or the old broken bell.  The old broken bell or cheese steak.  I know which is the more moderate choice, but I’ll have just gotten my fill of moderation at the rally.  I think the cheese steak sounds like a splendid plan.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindy permalink
    October 28, 2010 7:15 pm

    I’m *SO* envious of your road trip – not just the rally, but also the joys of DC and Philly, including your planned dining options! I was only recently introduced to the wonder that is Reading Terminal Market back in March. We ended up with great (and extremely inexpensive) Middle Eastern food for one lunch. I wish we had planned to have ALL our meals there over the long weekend.

    As for the cheesesteak: you may have posted in a previous entry your thoughts on the age-old rivalry between Pat’s and Gino’s. But since you’re contemplating a cheesesteak this weekend, it seems appropriate to ask: which one do you favor? My hubby and I have sampled from each twice in the past 18 months, and we both prefer Gino’s (I know, HERESY!) Not that Pat’s is bad, but we both think Gino’s sandwiches have slightly better quality meat and more flavor.

    P.S. As you mentioned Korean fried chicken, I think you might really enjoy this blog entry, ” Texan Concepts of Ethnic Food: Breaking It Down, Venn Diagram-Style” http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2010/10/texan_concepts_of_ethnic_food.php. Shows the disconnect between Americans’ concept of what other countries’ inhabitants eat, and what those people actually subsist on each day. The author polled Texans on what they thought of when they were asked to consider foods from places like Ethiopia, Lebanon, Germany and several other countries. You’ll especially enjoy the vicious dust-ups in the comments!

  2. October 28, 2010 7:24 pm

    Granville Moore’s! :) :)

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