Last night I joined Urban Explorers of Atlanta for the monthly “Mystery Dinner”. My participation in last night’s event was a no-brainer since the area of town for the event was advertised as “Crescent Avenue”, aka “one of the streets that borders XYZ Corp’s office building”.
I walked down the road to Foxtrot Bourbon Bar, which was the launching point for the event. Thankfully the name is misleading because I was able to secure a beer for my pre-dinner consumption. A large group of us gathered for a beverage before once again picking slips of paper from a jar and determining our dinner fate.
I considered myself fortunate again, as I chose Pasta da Pulcinella, the long-standing midtown Atlanta Italian restaurant. It’s been a handful of years since I last ate at Pasta da Pulcinella, so I was happy to return. The other group went to Princi Italia, a relative newcomer; I’ve not eaten here, but may eventually.
For dinner I had a Caesar salad (no anchovies, thank you), red bell pepper gnocchi with chicken for my entree, and a glass of red wine.
After dinner we reconvened at Cafe Intermezzo, another Atlanta standard, for an after-dinner drink and dessert. Much to my surprise I had water, and only a couple of bites from the shared desserts.
It was a fun evening, chatting with some new people, as well as some people who are becoming familiar through attendance at multiple outings. September’s “Mystery Dinner” is in Decatur, I hope to be on ball and sign up for it as soon as registration opens.
In An Instant
It’s funny how one’s life can change in an instant.
When I was on hiatus last year my answer to the commonly-asked question of “Why are you doing this?” was “Because I have things that I want to do, and I cannot guarantee that I will be healthy enough in the future to do them.” At that time I never imagined the “future” to be “2017”.
As you well know my April bike wreck has essentially also wrecked my year. Thankfully I was able to go to Germany/Austria and experience that pain-free, but until I can completely rid myself of the pain that has resurfaced, as well as have confidence that I can participate in whatever physical task is associated with my excursion, I cannot plan any.
I am “upgrading” my injury situation because I’ve gone from excruciating pain to mid-level annoyance when I was walking through the house this morning.
That $24.99 charge on my AmEx? Legit. Turns out that the timing was merely coincidental that Amazon would renew my annual Amazon Music subscription on the same day that the Visa card to which the fee was charged last year was nullified, thus pushing the charge to the AmEx which is also registered with Amazon. It’s curious to me why this subscription never shows up in my “Orders” list on Amazon, however. Amazon being sneaky? Perhaps.
Anyway, I’ve concluded that my AmEx account has not been compromised, so there is no need for me to file a fraud claim and get a new card. Now, if my new Visa card would only arrive in the mail; I’m on Day Three of “3-5” business days…
Have a great Thursday friends.