Shhh. I am almost afraid to say it, for fear it might go away. I am off tonight, off on a Saturday night. I know!
But, well, it’s my birthday and my GM is a nice guy, and I now have a Saturday to add to my usual Sunday and Monday off. My Wonderful Friend lands here in palm-tree land at noon. Weather permitting, we have the following agenda: lunch at the beach and maybe a drink of some sort ;), sleeping off the drink on the beach for a few hours, shopping the trendy shops of my South Florida area, showering and heading out to an independently owned eatery that may be all hype and nothing more.
But so what? I know the owner. Okay, I have met him…um, twice. Oh whatever. Dinner at the trendy-all-hype-place it is! Because I sure as hell don’t know anyone else any place else in this town where a restaurant owner might actually say, “Hey RG, happy birthday.”
Then, biggest surprise: my best-sister-like friend from Montana called me of the blue a couple of days ago and asked: “How spontaneous are you?” Turns out, she is in Baltimore until Monday, visiting family. She is flying me up tomorrow night for a birthday dinner before we both get back on planes the next day to head to our respective homes. I haven’t seen her in forever, and it’s all very last-minute, but…wow.
Meanwhile, a photo of the gifts I have received, thus far: The green package is from RG Daughter, and I am waiting until my Wonderful Friend gets here to open it. The candy and dried managos are what’s left of a bag of goodies from our maitre d’. We ate most of the M&Ms by 10 p.m. last night. The cake is one of a three-part food gift from a special friend who is a chef in his own right and who is buddies with the top restaurant chefs in his hometown. Cake, you ask? Yup, made gluten-free by a pastry chef pal of his, as was everything else that he personally made.
My friends, they are incredible.