Sunday August 5, 2012
I think the broken part on our boat may have been a blessing in disguise as the extra time in town is giving us plenty of time to say proper goodbyes to family and friends. In our previously packed schedules our goodbyes were either going to be divided into large group parties without much one on one time, or a 20 minute visit scheduled in between other visits or on the way out to the boat. Our extra forced time on land is now allowing for many more lunches and dinners to spend quality time with people and remind us of how much we’ll miss them.
We haven’t had a night off since Wednesday when we went to dinner with Matt’s sister and her boyfriend, which ended up in hours of after dinner drinks which I knew it would. So is your night when you go out with bartenders/servers who’s profession is staying out late and drinking. Matt and I were introduced to Bazooka Joe and Applesauce shots and I was using Bahama Mamma’s and White Russians as chasers. All of that plus only six hours of sleep, somehow I still rocked it out at work the next day. Thursday night was a nice relaxing dinner with my uncle and grandparents in a quiet little bistro. We related all the information of the trip they may not have caught a family gatherings, the route we’re taking, where we’ll sleep at night, how we’ll wash our clothes. Making sure our jump off point to the Bahamas wasn’t too far north of their town of Sebring, FL (guess I haven’t paid attention to midland Florida geography) we made plans to meet up for a day when we’re passing down the coast. Before hugging and saying goodbye we also showed my grandpa how to locate and read text messages on his cell phone. I’m sure my dad will be happy to hear that he wasn’t being ignored on purpose.
Friday was my last day of work and there was no way I’d be allowed to go home without having a few last drinks with coworkers. Gathering on the patio of one of our favorite happy hour restaurants we talked about the politics of work and funny stories that were not safe for our instant messages. It was a smaller group, but made up of my best friends there and we could have sat talking until the place shut down but I was on a borrowed car that I needed to get home for others. As much as I was looking to get out of a cubicle and spend a few years seeing the world I know I’ll have moments where some random thought is on my mind and I’ll want to quick message my friends but they won’t be at my fingertips anymore. I won’t see them five days a week and I may never actually see some of them again. That’s been one of the hardest nights to leave so far.
Saturday was a double eventer, lunch with one group of friends and dinner with another. Driving out to our old neighborhood we met up with Matt’s oldest friend Kevin, they’ve known each other since kindergarten, and his wife Cindy. They treated us to a delicious and filling lunch at a restaurant called The Crooked Goose that just opened and features many Michigan specialties. It was an amusing little place and I could see us becoming regulars there should we have stayed in our area. Matt and Kevin’s other good friend Korey joined us at the restaurant and after we had our fill of fried bologna sandwiches and flash fried pretzels we made our way back to Kevin & Cindy’s for games. Just like we used to do years ago when Matt and I would stroll over from our backyard to theirs we sat around the table and played games of Apples to Apples and Dominoes. Somehow Matt was able to lay down a red ‘Local Police’ card for Kevin’s green ‘Lazy’ card (Kevin is a local cop) and I hijacked their cards by filling out a few blank ones myself. One of them may not have been a noun, but I love it all the same. Then for Dominoes I won the first game while Matt won the next two and we were not allowed to leave the house until someone other than the two of us won. Leaving here could have been a very hard goodbye as well, even now I miss all the time we used to spend together, but there are already plans for one more dinner this week so I can hold back my tears until then.
Rounding out Saturday night was dinner with another group of friends, no strangers to being posted on this site, Tyler and Ken and Mindy. After stopping by Ken & Mindy’s newly built house which we’ll probably have to live in the basement of when we come back, we met up with Tyler for dinner at the same place we had just been Wednesday. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this place is only a mile from our home. I have a feeling that everyone might be trying to get us good and drunk their last time out with us. Since all the guys used to work together they dove right into conversations about sales while Mindy and I talked about girly things like what kind of clothes I’m packing, and again, how we’ll do our laundry. A surprisingly popular question that I get from a lot of people (we’ll be taking our clothes to laundromats and very rarely actually washing anything on board). We didn’t get to finish it out with a crazy night like we normally would with this group but with Mindy being 6 months pregnant and the two of us going at it all day it was just one last relaxing dinner with good friends.
Rounding out the weekend was dinner with Matt’s dad today. After a few failed attempts at finding a restaurant (Captain Jack’s on the beach is still closed??!!) we ended up at a tropical themed restaurant a few miles from the marina and caught up on lost time. It has been absolutely amazing spending so much time with friends and family before we leave. Everyone has been so kind with thoughts and words and even going away gifts. It makes going away that much harder, realizing what we’re leaving behind, but we couldn’t imagine a better send off. Thank you all so much!
The culprits for my almost workday hangover.
Bazooka Joe shot
Yes, it was as good as it looks.
Hijacking the Apples to Apples cards. They’ll be happy to have it after we’re gone.
Even their dog Izzy was partaking in the good times.
Just a couple of unemployed bums now.