These are actually two places I vowed never to return to. Also, I went with two people I vowed to never hang out with again. But I had a great time until it was time to go home.
Once I saw an episode of CSI: New York (lame, yes, I am aware) where a cab would pick people up and lock the doors and murder them. Cabs make me nervous. I don’t know if it’s the episode of CSI, or that I trust myself with a complete stranger when I’m extremely intoxicated but something about the whole process doesn’t sit well with me. I have had some crazy (and when I say crazy, I mean fucking crazy) shit happen to me in cabs. So to say I’m leery, that would be an understatement like merely saying I like breakfast sandwiches. Also, it very rarely ends without me arguing with them. I’m a gem in the rough, my boyfriend is a very lucky man.
Anyways, back to Saturday night. We spent the day drinking Stella with our best friends (I joke we shouldn’t hang out them but obviously that means they’re the most fun friends I have. But considering I only have four total that probably isn’t that much of a distinction so I will leave that to the to decide) and later had dinner at Mexican Inn.
I said above, but a long time ago I had decided this wasn’t the place for me. After a decade you tend to forget things such as this so we decided to have dinner there before heading to the Mule for Poo Live Crew. As everyone already knows and I have mentioned before at some point, nachos are delicious. Even if you are eating them at Mexican Inn. I also had several margaritas which helps make everything even more shmelicious.
So after, we walk over to The Mule, a dive that I used to hang out a lot in college. Then I frequented it because it was next door to Jack in the Box but thank god I have (somewhat) gotten that bad habit under control. Jack in the Box is gross unless I have to close one eye to eat it then it becomes somewhat delicious. Poo Live Crew was playing- always entertaining, and yes that guy is humping a post, but after a while one of us had had too much to drink (for once, not me) and wanted to go home.
So I called the cab that had dropped us off and he said he could be there in 15 minutes. Lying son of a bitch…
Twenty minutes later, we are still waiting, sitting on the front steps of Mexican Inn where he had previously dropped us off. After the love of my life’s constant bitching, I call the cabbie again inquiring where he is. He said he changed his mind, and picked some other people up and was now in a neighboring city. Well, that took the wind out of my sails but I at least managed in the very short conversation that ensued to drop 5 f-bombs and say bullshit twice. I got my point across.
Here is that same sign at 12:30am. God, I hate this sign. So I finally get another cab to come pick us up and 20 minutes later we are officially headed home. I relearned something I already knew but had started to forget- taking a cab blows.
Here is a random short story about the worst weekend of my life to date. Think back, September 2011. An essay about why not to ever go to Nantucket. Or maybe it’s about why you should never hang out with my cousins.
Essay 1 & Cab Ride One- I’m going Home.
I started my adventure at 7am in Dallas and was supposed to land in Nantucket around 4pm, by means of three flights. Two tedious flights later and equipped with the knowledge that I will do anything to avoid flying into the Boston airport, I have another delay for my final flight into Nantucket.
This sign might as well say ‘Welcome to Hell’ because, in the end, 6 delays later my final flight is starting to board. I’m starting to feel the relief in knowing all this bullshit is about to dump me in my final location, until we walk outside on the tarmac and I’m greeted by this.
As I walk toward the smallest plane in the history of the world, I was pretty sure I was doing a fair-to-moderate job of containing the panic attack ripping through my body, except the guy walking next to me offered his comfort by means of holding his hand. Pass. It’s hard to get away from a creepster when you only have six seat options but I manage to keep my hands to myself and live throughout the flight. Finally, I make it to Nantucket. Too bad I couldn’t turn around and go home.
No one was waiting for me. Surprised? No, my cousins can be dicks.
I call my cousin, politely asking where the fuck she is, and she said to take a cab. I should have taken that as a sign of what was to come. I get a cab who tells me I need to go to the ATM because he isn’t going to take me anywhere using credit. Alright asshole. So I go to the ATM and then he drives me to the house. It’s two blocks away. I was in four inch heels and could have walked and not broken a sweat. Whatever, I decide, I’m lazy so this is fine. He gets out, grabs my bag and drops it unceremoniously in the yard (which, by the way, he had driven through which I thought to be rather bizarre) and tells me I owe him $5. I hand him one of the twenties he made me get back a the airport and he then informs me he doesn’t make change and got in his cab and drove away.
I just stood there for what could have been five minutes or an hour, staring off in the direction he drove, which was probably back to the airport to fuck someone else over, as I contemplated walking back to Texas. Should have. Would have been a better weekend.
Essay Two & Cab Ride Two- I’m alive…surprisingly. Now I’m going to murder someone.
Fast forward to the next night. We go to dinner. Drink. We go to the bar. Drink.
My one cousin who is living there for the summer decides to stay with her boyfriend that night instead of coming home with the two people who had flown across the country to visit her for the weekend, who basically, are at her mercy. Even though, considering everything I went through to get there, I wasn’t too surprised since she’s only 24 and still acts like an idiot. Unfortunately this left me with my other cousin, who, as I glance over at her, is having trouble standing without needing assistance. It’s at this moment I make the decision to not visit them ever again, regardless of where they decide to go.
So I take control, seeing as the girl swaying next to me obviously isn’t capable of getting us home, and grab her hand and walk us out to where someone had mentioned they had seen cabs earlier. They were lying. So standing in the cold (Nantucket is cold in the late summer. No idea. Being from Texas I assume everywhere is 106 everyday) I finally hail a cab. I hand over the address and my drunk cousin starts to speak. And my god, does she ever. I normally find her quasi-amusing when she is this drunk but some of the verbaldiarrhea spewing forth from her pink smeared lipsticked mouth was astounding. I mean, I’ve heard a lot of shit and would normally say it takes a lot of offend me, but this was a real work of linguistics. Apparently the cab driver thought so as well, and after yelling at my cousin and making her cry- I didn’t intervene, she deserved it, immediately stops the car and kicked us out.
So we get out and the slow realization creeps over me that we have been dumped in the middle of the street and in his haste to get the fuck away from us, he didn’t make us pay. I guess this karmically makes up for my overpayment from the day before.
I look around, it’s dark, and all the houses look the same. When I had arrived the afternoon before I had asked why all the houses look alike and my cousin told me that there are ordinances on the island that the houses have to be a certain style. Apparently that ordinance must mandate that they all look exactly alike. Oh, pair that with the fact I’m drunk and Nantucket doesn’t believe in street lamps. So I use my iPhone to see the street sign and then the map app and figure out we are two hours walking distance from the house. Amazing,
My cousin is leaning against the street sign to maintain balance. I have never wanted to punch someone in the face so bad, until one hour later when I actually felt like murdering her. So, here is what happened in that hour to make contemplate taking her life with my own hands.
We stand in the middle of the street where all the houses look alike, and I see a light on in only one house on the entire block (it is almost 2am at this point). I now wonder what I could possibly have been thinking to make myself believe this was a good idea. But my phone doesn’t work in Nantucket, except as a flashlight and a map, so I walk us to the back of the house where the light was on and proceed walk into someone’s kitchen.
It was almost like something out of a movie. There was two very attractive guys about my age (which is really shocking because you would think in this scenario- if this scenario has actually ever happened before- that the people you encounter would be fat and unattractive), one sitting on the couch smoking out of a bong while the other sat on another couch smoking a joint. Apparently one means of getting high was not enough so had all their bases covered. Albeit a little surreal, I had just walked into their house uninvited in the middle of the night so who the fuck was I to judge.
I stand in the kitchen for a bit, my cousin dumps herself at the kitchen table, and finally one looks at me and offered me a beer. I learned at that moment I don’t know shit about hospitality because if we had swapped places in this story line I’m not completely sure what I would have done. I live in Texas, I might have shot him. Apparently residents of Nantucket are more hospitable.
I sit and explain our current situation to these attractive boys and ask to use the phone. I’m pretty sure I could have asked to move in and they wouldn’t have cared so I call several cab services, most of which have stopped running, in hopes to find one to help us. They were so nice I had started to think we might have a chance this time. Nope. In the time I’m on the phone, my cousin has made her way over to the bong and is talking to the guy opposite me. Now I have seen too much Law & Order: SVU to think this was the ideal situation to be in but seeing as I ended up sitting across from some dude smoking weed, I realize apparently I haven’t seen enough episodes and need to Netflix that shit.
Next thing I know, the guy my cousin is talking to stands up and starts screaming that we need to leave. Immediately. As I am beginning to notice (too late I might add), my cousin has this effect on people. I learn in this instant, it hurts a lot more when someone pretty yells at you as opposed to someone ugly, but regardless, once again we find ourselves on the curb with no lights. So as we walk the half mile it takes me to find service so I can resume calling cabs, I ask what in Gods name she said to piss that guy off so quickly. She doesn’t really remember but that it might have something to do with her joking he was a rapist.
Here are two very important facts. 1- rape jokes are never funny. And 2- they are especially not funny to the person you are jokingly accusing of being a potential rapist.
Drug users have feeling. So don’t hurt them because they will kick you out of their house.
Finally I get someone on the phone, couldn’t really explain where we were but offer to pay a reward if he finds us. About 20 minutes later, we get in a cab and at this point I don’t give two shits about what happened on CSI: New York. It would be a welcome end considering the night I had. He makes us stop at the ATM to get more cash and once again I am face to face with the airport ATM. But this time, I am equipped with my cousins debit card because there was no way in hell I was paying. So I take out $60 even though the total was around $10. Again, she deserves it.
We finally get home around and we are both starving. So even though I told her we were no longer on speaking terms I start googling pizza places. All I could find is a bike that is leaning up against the house (who knows who it belongs to but regardless, I found out you can get a DUI on a bike because a friend of mine got on a golf cart. I then learned you can even get one on a horse.) so I am hoping pizza delivery was still in effect. But no, tho shiftiest took almost four hours and it’s 4am so I had a bowl of Chex (gross, who honestly buys that) and went to bed.
The next morning I look at my caller ID to see all the damage I have caused and noticed I have dialed 12 pizza places, including one in Texas. My cousin wakes to realize she left her phone at the stoner’s house. She asks if I can give her the number of the cabbie that picked us up from there so she can get the address and go retrieve her phone. So I murdered her.
As I walked with my carry on the two blocks to the airport to make my toy plane flight, I promised myself I would do everything in my power to never get in another cab. Or hang out with my cousin again. I was only able to keep one of those promises. I haven’t seen my cousin since.