Chinatown Buses Deliver

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Out on a date once, my car-free existence was met with outright shock. Sitting there speechless after I told her I don’t drive, she finally answered my stock ‘Why do I need a car?’ question with a classic ‘How do you get to Tysons Corner then?’ response.

Tysons Corner, the mall & sprawl nexus of bad suburban planning and car-culture America? Why would I ever want to go there? ‘How do you go shopping then?’ she continued, ‘Its not like you can any good fashion in DC.’

While I wanted to educate her on the likes of H&M style or thrift store savings, I went with the snappy come-back that earned me points beyond my color coordinating capabilities; ‘Oh, sorry, I only shop for fashion in New York or London’

Funny enough, as I travel so much and shop so rarely, its actually true, I do only clothes shop in New York or London. And there is only one way to get to the former

4 Comments so far

  1. Jenn Larsen (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 1:46 pm

    Not any good fashion in DC?

    What about Nana or Betsy Fisher, just for starters.

    Good fashion in Tysons Corner?

    You can get all those Ann Taylor and the like stores (plus “specialty” like Thomas Pink or Anthropologie) in the city anyway.

    Sheesh, I really hope there wasn’t a repeat date with her, Wayan!!

  2. darpino (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 2:02 pm

    The Chinatown bus networks do rule. It’s the only way I’ll go to NY City. The company I take does leave from DC’s Chinatown though and drops you off in NY’s Chinatown. There are plenty of Chinese on these buses to supply the exotic scents and bad movies too (especially on the Sunday night back from NY bus).

  3. wayan (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 2:19 pm

    Yeah, Jen, that was the first and last date with her. Did I mention that she drove from her work at 17th and M to our date at the Sofitel outdoor cafe ay 15th and I? Yeah five blocks, in rush hour traffic, on a beautiful spring day meant for walking.

  4. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 3:07 pm

    That’s grounds for dumping if ever I heard it, unless she had to get her car out of the garage before it closed… even still. Dodgy.

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