Since I'm throwing myself a virtual party on Saturday for my birthday/blogoversary, Hick wanted to take me out to dinner tonight. Or to put it in Hick's words, "You wanna go to supper?" He had in mind a local catfish restaurant to which we both received a five-dollar coupon in the mail. That would be grand, except The Pony had math team practice until five o'clock. Yep. The Pony is a mathlete.
The original plan was for Hick to take me to the South County casino. It's name escapes me at the moment. We've only been there once, and I was not impressed. But it's the closest one to us. Again, that would have been grand, except The Pony had math practice until five. I floated the idea to my mom, she who often invites The Pony to spend the night, but it sunk like a lead balloon. With Genius out gallivanting with friends, taking one of their midst out to dinner because it's her birthday (never mind that it's MY birthday), we were left without a person to sit The Pony.
Five o'clock is not the witching hour out here in the sticks. But it means another thirty or forty minutes for us to drive home from school. Then an hour-plus drive to the city, or a half-hour to the restaurant. And by then, the Friday evening crowds are out. People start lining up for dinner here around four or four-thirty. Maybe it's shift work let-off time at the few remaining factories. Or maybe folks want to strap on the feedbag and get home before dark. I don't want to wait in line to eat my birthday dinner. Is that so wrong?
You might think The Pony is plenty old enough to stay home alone. But when you consider that we are fairly isolated here in Backroads, and The Pony can't drive, I am hesitant to leave him all by his lonesome. Besides, The Pony does not do well after dark. I can't say as I blame him, what with the sounds I hear in the area of his room every night. So leaving him until the wee hours to fret over phantom footsteps while I gambled the night away did not seem like a good idea.
Hick compromised by meeting The Pony and I at the local Chinese restaurant. Which was a reminder of why we haven't been there in a while.