How to: Planning a weekend drive with a good friend

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Apr 12, 2024 | Porsche, Column, Blog | Posted in Columns | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: David S. Wallens

The text was short and to the point: Drive and Waffle House?

Sold.

In.

Let’s do it.

No big plans, no box seats, no exotic locations. But I know we’ll still have fun: two friends, two cars, a common love of driving and breakfast foods.

Might get grits with my eggs. Or hash browns. No wrong answer.

The weather forecast looks good.

I’m not sure what I’ll drive. He’s not sure, either. Game-time decisions, likely.

Not to jinx anything, but all of my stuff is in good shape right now. No warning lights on the dash, no worry that something big will come undone.

A month ago, I wasn’t in this spot, and I admit, it’s refreshing to be here. The big thing left to tackle on the Porsche? I’d like to get the dome light working. Might just be a fuse.

The one big thing that I did plan: I mapped out a route. Meet at his house, half an hour on some back roads, stop for some fresh air. Then off to breakfast.

That’s it.

The surprise and delight part of the outing? I don’t think he’s been to this park before, so he’ll get to enjoy something new. My wife and I have taken the dog there. It’s chill, shady and on the water.

I keep seeing more and more complex plans as everyone wants to outdo each other.

Five hundred cars? We had 600.

Pics or it didn’t happen.

Me, I’m all for keeping it simple. The most important thing for me on this morning? A little seat time and breakfast with a good friend.

Hope you have something equally fulfilling planned for the weekend, and if you see us, wave.

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/12/24 11:22 a.m.

I'm at a point in my life where yardwork starts to sound like an ideal way to spend the weekend...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/12/24 11:59 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Oh yeah, I have yard work on the weekend schedule, too, hence why this is just a morning thing. 

Although there is that music fest nearby in DeLand....

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/12/24 2:44 p.m.

Do you guys have any good driving roads over on your side?  Not many near us in Bradenton.  I have a 914/kswap project in the works and a buddy is rebuidling the engine in his S2000, we've been trading texts about cruising "Tail of the Gecko" once we got our projects done.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/12/24 3:00 p.m.

drive 911, eat Waffle House.  Grits or hash browns? There is truly no wrong answer.  For the record, AngryCorvair goes covered chunked and peppered.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/12/24 4:11 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

When doing hash browns, I just like them plain. (I know, I’m boring.)

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/12/24 4:12 p.m.

In reply to Lof8 - Andy :

Yeah, we have some curvy roads over here–just gotta know where to look–and taking a peek at Tail of the Gecko now. Hmmm.....

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/12/24 4:55 p.m.

Car is gassed and wiped down. Waffles or an omelette? 

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/12/24 5:13 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Car is gassed and wiped down. Waffles or an omelette? 

sausage egg and cheese hashbrown bowl

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/12/24 6:45 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

See, now I’m hungry. 

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/12/24 8:25 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

See, now I’m hungry. 

Try living in MI. We have no Waffle House. I have to drive an hour to one of the Toledo OH locations. 

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