Happy New Year! Here’s a quickie* post to tell you something extraordinary that happened to me on NYE. It was a great night!

*note – this was supposed to be quick post, without pictures (because I’m not EliseArt) but then I decided to draw pictures (I’m sorry) and it took me like 2 hours to compile this post.

First, I met up with K and we headed to The Keg for dinner and drinks. Mostly drinks. They have this lemon meringue martini that is absolutely delicious. They also had this super special that I ordered and K ordered a regular steak dinner and we split all the extras (salad, dessert, CRAB!). It was pretty much the most spectacular dinner ever. But I did regret sharing the crab with her.

After dinner, we went down to the pub to play pool and have some drinks. Mostly drinks. We used to frequent this bar on a semi-regular basis. And by semi-regular basis, I mean we went there once a week, every week, for a year. And a half. So, it’s safe to say that we know people there.

We walked in, and were expecting to see T behind the bar, but he wasn’t there. He was pretty much the one we went to see, because we knew he’d be there for sure. And then it turns out, he wasn’t. We thought it all might be a bust. But we decided to play pool anyway and see what happens.

Heather - playing pool

Shortly after, K spotted Jo on the patio. She came in and said hi and we said we’d see her on the patio in a little while. I technically* beat K at pool and this guy had already called winners, so I had to play him.

*note – she was kicking my ass and then accidentally sunk the 8ball. I won by default. (the two greatest words in the english language – De Fault, De Fault!)

I started off pretty good – sunk like 4 balls in a row. It almost looked like I deserved my win. I was pretty pleased. Especially when I did this super trick shot (totally not on purpose); the look on this guys face was “Oh no, I’ve been had”. Once I told him it was an accident, he looked more relieved and then proceeded to kick my ass.

At some point, K tells me that S is outside with Jo. We decided that we’d go out and say Happy New Year after I got my ass kicked. We didn’t have to wait long.

We go outside and S says “Hey Girls! What’s happenin’!?”. Not much, not much… we started getting into a place at the table, S says “You might know my buddy Brandon…” Just as I’m about to sit down, the guy turns and looks at me:

Brandon - surprised

Heather - surprised

I dropped everything and hugged him and said “OH MY GOD – IT’S BEEN SO LONG!!!”. Meanwhile (i.e. simultaneously) he’s having the exact same conversation with K. S is at the table, completely flabbergasted, saying “Yeah, so you may know my buddy Brandon…. I guess you might know my buddy Brandon… I guess you know my buddy Brandon…” Too funny.

So Brandon was my brother’s best friend in elementary school and we were really good friends for a lot of years. Realistically, it’s been 15 years since we’ve seen each other. To say it was a total trip to run into him, would be the understatement of the century (or at least of last year). To say that I ran into him, at a bar, that I go to pretty much all the time, seeing him with someone that I always see at this bar… well, you can’t really put that into words. I was shocked; I couldn’t believe it (I can’t believe it). Needless to say, I spent most of the night going “BRANDON! IT’S SOOOO GOOD TO SEE YOU!!”

S routinely hits on me when he’s had a few… dozen, beer that is. It’s harmless; nothing ever comes of it; he works with my dad and is probably terrified. Anyway, at some point, after he reached this point of drunkenness, he said “Ah geez… I wouldn’t have brought Brandon if I knew Heather would be so into him” Or something to that effect.

My reply? “Oh S. Don’t worry – he’s not competition; he’s like a brother to me!”. To make matters worse, K leaned over to him and said “Really? … So now what?!?”. How embarrassing; but a great night nonetheless!

P.S. Dustin: Please refer to above pictures; this is the reason I need EliseArt. I’m sure you now understand. Please forgive me for (and be patient of) the time I take out of Elise’s day/life to illustrate for me. I’m positive we now see eye-to-eye on this matter.