Saturday, 13 February 2010

A wander yields Six Nations glory and a brilliant turn at the tables...


And a good evening to you from across the Pond after a GREAT Saturday in the Mother Country. Man, was today fun! So afer we last left you, the Taylors were still pretty lazy. We each finished 2 cups of coffee (instant, of course) before deciding it was time to get our lazy asses in gear (keep in mind that at no point did the idea of showering EVER cross our minds), and by "getting in gear," I mean reading our books as we surfed the net. This proved lucky, however, as we were able to Skype with Katie BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB!!!

We chatted with Katie for about 30 minutes or so before finally getting dressed and stepping out the door. The sun was already hidden behind a thick blanket of clouds (imagine that - in London of all places...), and we had NO schedule. With no game plan, we decided to have a wander and "see where the day takes us." As fate would have it (contain your surprise), the "day" took us about 10 minutes down the road to a pub called Pontefract castle - SHOCKING, I know...

However, once there we realized that the Six Nations was on! How could I have forgotten? Back story - the Six Nations is an annual rugby tournament between England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Italy. It's HUGE over here, and it's SO MUCH FUN! We watched Wales vs. Scotland, and it was a THRILLER! Wales scored in the 81st minute (what they call negative time) to win by 3 - talk about a barn burner!

We had SO much fun watching the match, and we had great seats to check out all the action. Add a couple of Azzaparrot Ales (it was a fresh cask - no complaints there!), a GREAT burger (with chunky chips, of course), and 60 minutes of the second match (Ireland vs. France in Paris - Le Bleu WAXED them), and you've got a recipe for a GREAT afternoon!

So with lunch behind us (at 4 PM), two games down, and a nasty rain storm coming, we agreed it was time to find the one activity we did have planned for the day - The Sportsman Casino!!! That's right, ladies and gentlemen - the Taylors have FOUND A CRAPS TABLE!!!

We rolled into this place at about 6:30, and there was NO ONE at the table. Determined to gamble, I asked one of the pit bosses when the table opened. His response: "We don't have enough staff right now, but I can open it up if you want to play." Five minutes later, JT and I both had a Foster's under the rail, I had a pair of dice in my hand, and the words "New shooter comin' out - there's your money" ringing in my ears. WICKED!!!

We played just over 2 hours, and at the end of it - JT was down 7 pounds, and I was down 30. All in all, considering how many times we got to roll and how much fun we had, that was money VERY well spent - talk about a BLAST!

We then made it back to the flat (it had finally quit raining), where we curled up on the couch and watched two movies. And since we were still full from our late lunch, we opted for an evening of cheese, crackers, chips, and Gin & Tonic in place of a proper meal (Fizzy - it was all the stuff you gave us - we're putting it to good use! I just wish we'd kept the limes...).

On the movie front, first came the Bourne Identity (just as good as I remember). Second came Children of Men. Honestly, it was more entertaining than the book, but it was still UTTER DONKEY TRASH. I will never, and I mean NEVER read or touch anything associated with P.D. James ever again. That being said, it was a GREAT night and SO MUCH FUN!

Now it's off to bed (can't believe it's already after 1 AGAIN), as we're planning to get up early (well, for our standards) to head over to St. Alban's tomorrow. We'll see if it really happens, but I'm optimistic.

Okay, that's all the news that's fit to print. Chat tomorrow!


Sam and Jenny

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