No, I'm not talking about the classic 1970's show. I'm talking about a blog post that isn't about COMPLAINING. Feedback from a newbie blog reader inspired me to occasionally avoid writing about things that annoy me, but also to include things that I enjoy. So here goes:
Last Sunday night I went out to dinner with a group of 6 people... It wasn't truly a planned event, just moreso a "hey - you wanna go to dinner tonight" kinda thing...2 girls and 4 guys. We sat outside, shared 3 or 4 boxes of wine (ok - they were "carafes") and just had a really good time. After almost everyone called me the next day to tell me they had a really good time at dinner - it got me thinking a little bit... I have dinner with other people a few times a week - so - what made this dinner a recognizably better time than the other times... Well I think it was a mixture of things:
1) Expectations - It was a Sunday night, low-key, non-hyped-up restaurant... This means that none of us had any preconceived expectations of having a "better time" than usual. When you go to a nice restaurant on a Friday night - there is a certain expectation of having a good time, thus (IMHO) making it more difficult to exceed expectations (This was actually a brief conversation during dinner).
2) Good mixture of peeps - All quality people involved, but I think there was a good mixture of personalities. Previously mentioned newbie blog reader didn't know everyone, but that didn't hold the conversation back from reaching various "comfort levels" around topics. Needless to say "lots of laughs" (That one was for you Salis.)
3) New audience for good stories - I don't know what it is about hearing a story for the 5th time around new people that makes everyone who has heard it before laugh (even harder) again - but it does. (Example - This story is usually a crowd pleaser)
4) Dinner was cheap - Definitely not a big factor, but certainly the cherry on top. When you can get a good buzz and are completely full for less than $25 a person in New York City - that is a plus. Makes you almost feel like a big baller tipping 25%+ and being happy about it...
I guess I can't leave out the fact that I'm getting older. Gone are the days I suppose where you could sum up your amazing evening by "I was fuckin' wasted" and leave it at that... Good peoples, good weather, and (yes) a little alcohol can certainly amount to an amazing evening as well...