THE CLUELESS WRITER STORIES
The only excuse for this is that I’m pretty isolated, the kids are too far away for travel and for various reasons we two just don’t ‘do’ Thanksgiving any more (except that husband has opted to have me make his traditional pizza – I get the crust ready, he piles on everything he loves).
Out of the blue
My dear friend Sandy called this morning, to invite me out for lunch for my birthday. It’s a tradition we’ve had for a long time. As she has moved from New Jersey to Vermont (though her youngest is still here), it is an unexpected pleasure because she is here to celebrate the day at her old home.
I was delighted, and we quickly agreed on a time and place. We eschewed our old ‘writing partners’ traditional restaurant because, the last couple of times we’d been there, we both agreed quality had dropped.
I enthusiastically agreed to The Cheesecake Factory. They’re a bit noisy, more at dinnertime though lunch should be okay, but their food is good and has a great variety, and they have low carb cheesecake!
Write it down, Alicia!
I write the information on a Post It!, being as I am getting forgetful and don’t want to make her wait tomorrow, even changing the refill on the gel pen to make sure the note was nice and dark. I stick the note where I can’t possibly not see it several times today, which is what I need for it to penetrate.
I’m sitting here at the computer wasting time, as I do in the mornings, thinking about the posts I’ve read this morning, and the general concept of being thankful for what you have, and grateful in general. I turn to erase the message on the answering machine which is blinking in my peripheral vision’s range.
Suddenly, the slow-moving cogs in my brain finally do something. I stare at the note. I start laughing.
I call Sandy, startling her (I’m sure she’s probably up to her ears in cooking or something), and say, “Do you realize what day tomorrow is?”
She said no, and I pointed out it will be Black Friday. She still doesn’t get it. I said The Cheesecake Factory is in QUAKERBRIDGE MALL.
We agree neither of us do Black Friday – and I said, “But other people do.”
We had a good laugh, picked a different place far from any shopping venues tomorrow, and will have a great lunch catching up.
I can only imagine what it would have been like if clueless me had gotten into the car and tried to drive to the Mall tomorrow for lunch, late as I usually am at that point.
I hope ONE of us would have noticed by then.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.
Me, I’m just grateful I’ve received so many things today to make me laugh.
Hah! I’m glad that detail registered!
The kids and their friends wanted to meet up at the mall this last week, and when they started clamoring for times, I made it clear it’d be Monday or Tuesday or not at all, and so I took them Monday 🙂
The kicker? The healthy friend I had lunch with went into the mall to buy things with no trouble before lunch with me, and she was going back there afterward!
But she did say you had to park a LONG way away.
And I know the handicapped spots are hard to get when there are a lot of people.
Our lunch was delicious (Indian food) and we had a great talk – then I went back to bed, and she went to be ‘normal.’ Oh, well.
Phew! That was a close call. 🙂