As tradition goes, we pulled in to the Red Roof Inn last night around 5:45, settled in to twelve rooms, assigned teams and loaded BACK in to the vans to go to eat. The Outback Steakhouse loves to see all of FUMC vans pull in to the parking lot and quickly take up half of the restaurant – right…. Dinner was fun and delicious; all the better because we know it’s the last “real” meal until next week. You know…that’s not completely fair. The food last year at ASP was actually quite good…in a childlike, elementary sort of way. 🙂
Our tables were split in to groups of four or six. It’s really neat how simply by challenging yourself to move out of your comfort zone and away from your friends that you always hang with, we meet new friends! I love new friends. 🙂 My dinner companions last night were Mickey, Will, Robert, Richie, and Paxton. Quite a mixture at our table! We were the last to be seated but because of Adam Hatmaker, the Outback waiter/magician, we were first to get our food (well, at least close to the first). Adam Hatmaker was awesome and had talents to share as well. As we finished eating, shy little Richie asked for a card trick or two. Adam Hatmaker let us know that he wouldn’t mind traveling to Alabama to put on a show for us there – and I have his business card (a 7 of spades playing card).
On to bowling…shoes, balls, and lane chosen, we are ready. Unlike last year where the losing team had to purchase the ice cream one night for the winning team. “Someone” (Helen) came up with the bright idea to change the stakes. Now the losing team has to perform one night of chores for the winning team. Can’t imagine what chore THAT will be – hello potty scrubbing. Every team has hopes and dreams of winning. It’s always possible – the dream is alive, right up until the first four frames end and we only have twelve points. Things weren’t looking up for Team Mickey (Oh, Mickey is our Team Captain). One game down and were were dead last. That’s okay – that’s okay….there’s always game #2 and we’re only behind by 20 pins. We can catch up – miracles do happen – I just know it. For a brief few frames, things were looking up. Then the kids started getting tired and gutter ball after gutter ball gurgled down the lane. An extra night of potty scrubbing was looking more and more like a reality we should accept. No worries! We’ll own our LOSS and be the bestest Losers ever! (I R E A L L Y do not like to lose!) Oh well….back to the Red Roof….
The beloved Red Roof Inn (where they leave the light on for ya – and a few creepy men out to greet you) awaited us back down the road. After a trip to the office to request more towels and a midnight change of sheets by the office lady, we were all snuggled in for a much needed night of rest.
And…that brings us to this morning. We’re up, showered, dressed in BRIGHT YELLOW shirts, ready to take on whatever Lotts Creek has to throw at us. We’re all excited and nervous at the same time. We’ll leave shortly for breakfast and be back on the road after that. Next stop….Lotts Creek, KY.