Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Birthday Weekend

What I thought would have been an uneventful Monday birthday turned into a pretty full weekend of celebration.

We started on Friday with a train ride to Worcester to check out the play Take Me Out. We caught a 6:21 PM train from Back Bay station, and wound up in Worcester just about an hour later. While I have always maintained that Worcester is the kind of city in need of a complete paint job, I thought that the train station itself was a pretty cool building - gleaming pillars in the night rising above an otherwise kinda dark and kinda not-inviting city.

Saturday was football. We limped into the playoffs with a meaningless loss (win or lose, we would have finished 5th out of 14 teams). Ken from my team bought a cake, and I heard my first "Happy Birthday" of the weekend. When the skies opened up with a downpour, someone fittingly said that "someone left a cake out in the rain" and then commented that he never thought he would be able to quote that line and have it apply.

After the requisite post-football boozing, we went to Salsa's for dinner on Saturday night, where Mike graciously and unexpectedly picked up the tab for the whole table. He didn't have to do that, and he knows that I'll get him back when he least expects it.

Sunday was yet another impressive Giants win - so much so that CBS bailed on their coverage of the game and switched to a much closer matchup. I went out for a few more drinks, then came home to a stoup that Ryan made in the crock (stoup = not quite stew, not quite soup).

And then yesterday, the actual day, we went to Redbones in Davis Square. I love Barbecue, and Redbones is always delicious. I should go there more often. I'm fortunate to have had Barbecue in many places - Memphis, Austin, and Atlanta to name a few - and yes, I can tell the difference between authentic southern Barbecue, and a northern interpretation of Barbecue. Nonetheless, my bowl of meat was delicious.

And Kevin wins the award in the "dress like Jason" category. I swear, we didn't plan this.


Jamen said...

why did I not get mentioned in the blog??? I put the whole thing together last night. Geez!

Jason said...

My bad - Jamen did an excellent job organizing. More than I could have ever asked for! Thanks buddy!

Jamen said...

That's more like it. :) You are totally welcome. Anything for my BFF!

Kathy said...

Happy Belated Birthday! : )

Maybe you should mention your friend for the next few entries to make up for forgetting him on the MAIN page...