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Dinner in the City

August 9th, 2012 at 03:04 pm

Last night three friends and I went downtown for a dinner at the upscale restaurant where my son works. Two of us decided to take the train and the bus to get there. What an adventure that turned out to be! We listened to the wrong advice about where to catch the bus, and ended up missing three buses before we walked to a different stop got on the right one. Then we got off too early and had a long walk. Catching the bus back to the train station after dinner went much better, but while on the train, we got to talking and missed our stop! We got off in the suburb where my friend lives, which didn't really help since her car was parked at work, two suburbs back, but she called a friend to pick us up. Here's the really weird part. While we were waiting, she glanced over at an adjacent parking lot and her daughter was just parking there! Mother and daughter had just come together at the same place and time totally by coincidence! So her daughter took us back to our cars and her friend was off the hook.

The dinner was amazing! My son served us complimentary appetizers and desserts (my birthday is coming up is the reason)and gave us his employee discount! I also had a gift card to throw into the mix, so we ended up with very lavish meals for a small price. My own share was $14 and that included my share of a generous tip. The meal was cheaper than the transportation to get there, which, between the train and the bus, was $14.50.

Next month the same group will get together at a Cuban restaurant.

I also made plans to have dinner with a former boss at a local chop house on the 21st. I have a voucher for that -- $25 off of a $50 purchase -- so we can each get a meal for only $12.50. Or a little more, if we order more expansively.

I'm not even going to try to get in under $300 this month, but I've done it for three months in a row, I think, so the purpose of the experiment has been served. I know I can do it if I have to.

On Friday night I'm going to look at two more condos, and on Saturday (my birthday) my son is going to take me up in his helicopter. I'm not crazy about flying, but I am pretty sure it will be amazing!

6 Responses to “Dinner in the City”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Sounds like a very fun evening! The helicopter sounds scary but fun too.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Helicopter? Let us know what it was like. Hope you go over areas you are very familiar with from the ground so you can compare.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Nice dinner price! You can't get a meal for that price even at non-fancy places, these days.

    Helicopter ride does sound exciting! I think I'd do it, given the chance. Though small aircraft of all kinds freak me out. Smile
    Good luck with the condos!

  4. Shiela Says:

    You got some nice deals.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What a nice treat from your son. Smile

  6. Jerry Says:

    Knowing that you can get in under the goal has to lead to some confidence, though. If you have the insurance of having accomplished it already, you are in good shape.

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