We woke up early and hit the road on Saturday, to meet our friends in Reno. The roads were remarkably clear of traffic, and nearly clear of snow. Mrs C and I talked about life, as we do on drives. We decided we’d done enough Christmas buying for this year. We also decided that money is better spent on experience than on things.
Except for the Egg McMuffin stop in Susanville there were no delays, and we made good time. I made it just quick enough to have a beer with my favorite Reno bartender before heading off to the puzzle room. Just like in June, a group of us decided to solve a Reno Puzzle Room while in town and, just like in June, we beat the room. This time it was pirate-themed. Blackbeard had stolen some golden chalice and we, his captured slaves, had to escape confinement, find the chest, secure the chalice, and escape the ship. We did. All of our dreams came true.
So we all went for more beer.
That evening we ate a divine, if ungodly expensive, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse dinner and then went for a change. Once in costume we all met up at the usual haunt, lost each other in crowds, and dispersed wildly for an evening of fun. Most of what happened next was a drunken blur but I distinctly remember a group nightcap after midnight. I don’t know what time I slept, only that I woke up early as I always do and went to church.
“Church,” for our group (as you might recall), is the name of the beer session in the morning after a night of fun (or any Sunday morning where we meet for beers). After such a late night I was early for church. By about 90 minutes. So I played some slots. Being early cost me $100 so I think I’ll start being late for church.
The roads were decidedly clear of traffic again on the way home, but we did hit some snow over Bogard Pass (I don’t know what others call it, but I call it Bogard Pass). That slowed our crawl home, which was already slowed when Mrs C lost her phone and we had to double back just after leaving. The phone was found and turned in at Eldorado, so we lost a couple of hundred dollars gambling over the weekend but we found a chalice and a phone.
Upon arriving home the Rams lost in terrible fashion to the Eagles. If you have to ask what the worst part of my weekend was you haven’t been paying attention.
The days following can be summed up fairly quickly. The new Hallmark Peanuts Holiday Collection arrived. They are so boss. Our new appliances are being put in this week. We’re stoked. I caught a head cold. Hanging out with 15,000 Santas has a price.
It was an absolute blast, once again. Worth every penny, every delay, and every frustration. For 24 wonderful hours I live like there’s no tomorrow, and I do it with the best people on the planet. In March we’ll do it again, with a decidedly greener theme.
I hope your weekend and week have been wonderful. I hope your life is, too. Hopefully you don’t have a head cold, you do have $100 and a phone, and you have amazing people in your life.
And hopefully the Rams can beat the Cardinals, at least.
Merry Thursday, everyone. Every day is Christmas when there’s beer.