DD and Me: Bumming Around Brummagem
Dana and I have very similar ideas about what constitutes a few days of relaxation.
1. Pimms and Lemonade – our new favorite drink. One sunny afternoon we grabbed* a table on the patio of a pub and drank a pitcher each. It was cheaper than buying individual glasses – we were being fiscally responsible! (*when I say grabbed, I mean staked out, stalked and rushed at the next free outdoor table. At the first signs of table-clearing movement Dana ran to the table while I grabbed the bags and urged her to “Go Go Go Go Go.” Three nearby British girls who had also been eyeing the table gave us nasty looks. Sorry Honeys – you’ve gotta be faster than that if you want to compete with 30-somethings.)
2. Sleeping in, wandering the streets, staying up late watching Sex and The City reruns. We went to an 8:30 movie and cracked up long before it started due to the 40 MINUTES of commercials. Not previews. Not adverts that play before the movie start time – commercials. They started at 8:30 and played until 9:10, interrupted only by 2 movie trailers and one preventative message about gonorrhea. Finally the movie started and we enjoyed it thoroughly. I especially liked being surprised at seeing my friend Gilbert playing Mr. Big’s limo driver.
We made daily phone calls to report our adventures to Bubbles who sadly could not be with us. Hmmmm, that makes it sound like she’s dead. She’s not dead; she’s in Virginia.
Dana took me on the Merry-Go-Round which The H refused to do.
Could she be any cuter?
3. Cheese Feast – We really couldn’t have loved ourselves more than when we created an impromptu cheese spread worthy of a Top Chef quick-fire challenge. Our Cheese Feast Fit For The Gods was a huge contrast from Dana’s dinners only two days before on military bases in Iraq. Dana took this photo during a USO show for 3,000 soldiers in the stadium where Saddam Hussein used to watch athletes train and then kill them if they didn’t win the Olympics. She was definitely in need of a break by the time she got to Birmingham.
4. Monuments and Museums. Oh wait, we didn’t do any of that. We did walk by this statue in Victoria Square. Everybody likes to pose with this statue.
5. Old friends. Dyl came to hang with us one night. He was a crew person on Love’s Labours Lost at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Dana stage managed that production and travelled to Stratford with it; I helped create the props at the prop shop in D.C.
As if in celebration of Dana’s final night in Birmingham there was a fireworks display nearby. They were coming up from between the science center and Michael Bolton College. I’ve never been so close before – the explosions were about level with our balcony. We stayed up way too late and finally (politely) kicked out Dyl so we could pack. And watch another couple of episodes of Sex and The City. I hope we make that train in the morning …