Thanks to Christine and her car, I got to have dinner tonight with some old friends: Alison, Christine, Joyce, James, Kevin, Brian, and Cindy and her boyfriend Chris. It was the first time most of us had met Chris, so he was basically being submitted for friend approval. 🙂 And we all approved him unanimously. He’s a very cool guy, and I think we were all impressed by his ability to socialize within our group. It must be hard to come into a group of people who have known each other for years, but he did so neither timidly nor in a fake, attention-grabbing way. I don’t know if I’d be able to do that with as much ease. He’s also nice and cute. ;b I’d be jealous of Cindy, but when I’ve got Erik, what’s to be jealous about, no matter how great the guy? 🙂 But I am very happy for the two of them. They seem like they could have that right blend of differences and qualities in common that makes for a long-lasting, interesting relationship.
And as for spending time (six hours) with a mixed bag of old friends, well, it just feels good to laugh that much. 🙂 I also had some red wine at dinner, which may have had something to do with how much fun I had. ;b I’m just kidding. I think sharing food with friends loosens me up just as much as alcohol does. The Chianti was the subject of much entertaining discussion. I didn’t realize not everyone is old enough to drink, so I ended up being the only person to have a drink (alcoholic or not, incidentally). By the end of the meal practically everyone at the table had sampled some of it. I didn’t drink much myself. I know so little about wine, when I order it at a restaurant, it’s more to expose myself to it than to really chug it all down. 🙂
Unlike Jennifer, I am not cool enough to be able to post pictures of my evenings out right after the fact, but if someone does send me the photos I will upload them as soon as I get them. 🙂
[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at satsumabug.livejournal.com.]