Manhattan, March 30, 2007 - Birthdays are good excuses to summon your friends to a bar. (Other good excuses include Fridays and Saturdays). Sue's birthday wasn't until next week, but that following weekend was Easter weekend, and we were hosting my family. So party in March it was. It's close enough.
As always, we had a fun time, even with the lousy and rude service. We were at the bar from 7pm until 1am, ordering drinks and food (which all came slowly), and at some point a waitress asked some in our party, who were happily sitting on the couches, to get up because others wanted to sit. When my friends refused, she claimed that others had reserved the space, which was a lie, because I tried to reserve space ahead of time and was told they don't do that on Friday nights. My friends were a bit shocked (wouldn't you be?) but they handled it well, and the waitress eventually gave up. Although when it was time to pay the bill, she had added an 18% tip, which was about 17% more than she deserved. (I hate tipping as it is, but that's another rant.)
It wasn't enough to ruin the night, thankfully. If you're interested in seeing (and who wouldn't be?) my photos from the night are here (and while I'm at it, photos of our Easter with my family are here).
This week at work I'm still recovering from my hard drive failure, which happened a week and a half ago. Nothing is ever easy. But the light at the end of the tunnel is yet another vacation! Stay tuned.