Every once in a while, I wander backwards into adventure that I wasn't even looking for, and it almost invariably involves R. So, here's what happened:
A few months ago, R told me about an Opportunity. He had access to this Opportunity because of his largesse (the man gives a sizable donation to NPR every year, and he is to be unreservedly commended for it!). However, he was not going to be around to see it, as he was heading home for Thanksgiving. I am staying here in the City of Trees (the actual nickname of Sacramento; for the record, I think there are more trees in the playground area of Sesquicentennial State Park than there are in this entire city), and so he asked if I would be interested in taking advantage of the Opportunity in his stead. I admitted that I knew from experience that it was definitely my thing, and he set it all up.
MH and I arrived at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis around 6:20 p.m. (in researching this, I was pleased to learn that the center was named for a generous donation from the vintner Robert Mondavi, and then was saddened to learn that he passed in 2008). The event was scheduled to start around 6, so we were "fashionably late."
In fact, we were completely first. After a bit of confusion about the tickets (there was more than one event at the center that night, apparently), we were ushered to the third floor, where the private reception was being held. This featured truly remarkable food from Magpie, one of my favorite local restaurants, which is one of those "farm to table" places (which is why it's one of my favorites!). After a bit, others began to join us, and MH encouraged me to use my social skills to just start meeting people.
I chat-bombed a group of people nearby, and they were very welcoming (hooray!) and super cool (bonus!) AND... I don't even know how to say this..
Lives on my block.
To give you some context, my SC friends, this is like living on campus, going to a party at Lake Murray, and discovering that every person you talked to lives in your building. It was trippy.
Most of them, awesomely enough, are actually employees of CPR. Those that weren't were, I swear to god, a marketing exec at Electronic Arts, and a scientist doing stem-cell research.
I LOVE THIS TOWN.
Of course, eventually, the lights dimmed, alerting us that the Opportunity itself was starting.
MH and I laughed for two solid hours.
I hope you all had wonderful Friday evenings, I hope the Gamecocks win tomorrow, I hope my recent birthday peeps feel sexy rather than old (you are sexy!), and, mostly, I hope you find adventure where you can, all the time. Cultivating awesome friends helps, by the way.
Because once in a while, stuff lines up in a strange way, and, there you are, laughing your ass off with a good friend, watching NPR's David Sedaris explain--in excruciating, hilarious detail--his colonoscopy.
I shit you not.
...sorry, I couldn't help it.
Tomorrow, ADVENTURE!! :)