And a GREAT evening to you from across the Pond on this wet and chilly Sunday in the smoke. We're back from an AMAZING adventure in Prague. However, for details of that, you'll have to wait until the next post, as this edition will only focus on a different first for me and Jenny - our first Thanksgiving outside of the United States and away from family.
The work day was good, and Jenny and I left our respective work locations to meet up at the Farringdon Tube stop, where we agreed to get a pint or two before the featured event of the night. We met up and started calling folks to wish them Happy Thanksgiving, ultimately ended up at the Wilmington Arms for pre-dinner drinks. So family, if you're wondering where we called you from, this is an "action shot" of muffin puffin chatting with her mom, dad, and sister - Abbot Ale (her second) in hand. Yes, Kay - the AFD did NOT carry through.
After that, we rolled off to Dollars Grill and Martini Bar, a fantastic little dive that Yazz and Jason took us to back in 2007. This place is great - you get your red meat cooked at the temperature you want it. In my case, I wanted blood, and I got it (Daniel Day-Lewis style).
We met up with 6 other folks, including my long-time Charlotte buddy and now long-term expat Jason Wade. Jason is from Glendale, California, also known as "Little Armenia." He's great - we met on our first project together at Accenture, and we've been throwin' up gang signs and yelling for the L-B-C...2-1-3" ever since. He took a job with an investment bank over here about 4 years ago, and he's now a property owner and living life well, along with his girlfriend Rebecca, who hails from Germany.
His sister Liz, buddy Trauth, and a two of other friends (Matt and David) rounded out the crew of 8, where we had a great night discussing VEGAS, BABY, eating good, drinking great wine, and even sampling some Estonian beer (Viru...not quite donkey trash, but not life changing, either). All in all, this was a GREAT, GREAT night. Not quite the same as turkey and dressing, but it was REALLY good.
However, we didn't get home until 11:45, meaning we didn't go to sleep until almost 12:30. Considering that the alarm was set for 4:15 AM and we were wired from seeing those guys, let's just say it was an EARLY morning for us (stay tuned).
Okay, that's all the news that's fit to print. Chat tomorrow!
Sam and Jenny (Gobble, gobble...with cheese if you're Claire Colley)