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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Girls Night Out

(This is a repost from June of 2009 because I had lunch with the birthday girl in this post today, and she says she never saw it. I had only been blogging for a week or two when I posted this, so I suspect it won't be a repeat for too many of you, as I only had a couple of followers back then! Hope you all--including the birthday girl enjoy it!)




There's nothing like a night out with the girls to put some life into your week. Its certainly something I haven't done often enough during my working years. Probably the most fun I've ever had on a girls' night out was when one of my best friends turned 75 a couple of years ago. Her daughter sprang for a limo and tickets to Ogunquit Theater for a group of us.


We were to meet at a predesignated location, where we would be picked up by the limo, and then drive to the birthday girl's house. She would be properly surprised to see her friends in the limo, and then we would be whisked off to dinner and the theater.



Apparently the limousine driver had not been fully apprised of the plan, for as we waited in the parking lot for him, we watched him whisk by us and proceed toward birthday girl's neighborhood. My friends were waving frantically and shouting in an attempt to catch the driver's attention. I was still in my car, so I tore off after the limo, so as not to spoil the surprise. (They later said I turned the corner out of the parking lot on two wheels, but I think that may have been an exaggeration!) I did go flying after him with my lights flashing and my car horn blowing. I pulled up beside him, lowered my passenger side window, as he lowered his and yelled, "Pull over!"




He did stop. "Are you out of your mind??" he shouted. I suppose a gray-haired lady driving at breakneck speed, lights flashing and horn blaring would appear to be of questionable sanity. I tried to explain to him that he was making a mistake, and that he was supposed to pick up the group of ladies in the parking lot on the corner before proceeding to his destination. (I think he was stressed because he thought he was about to be the victim of a limo-jacking, so his sense of humor was non-existent.) He followed me back to the parking lot while calling his office to verify my story. When he finished the phone call, he apologized for being so short with me, and we all climbed into the limo for the short ride to birthday girl's house.


Birthday girl was indeed surprised, and she and her daughter joined us in the limo for champagne, cheese, and crackers on the way to the restaurant. I had only ridden in a limousine once before, but this was much more fun. We pulled up to Litchfield's in Kennebunk for a fun dinner, with people looking at us curiously, trying to determine if we were famous. (By the way, I discovered this weekend that Litchfield's was closed and  was put up for auction, but I don't think that is in any way a result of our party!)


We piled into the limo again after dinner for the ride to the Ogunquit Theater for a production of "The Full Monty." The show was wonderfully, hilariously funny--a perfect choice for the occasion. As the limo returned us to the parking lot where we had left our cars, birthday girl declared it was the best birthday she'd ever had... and I would say it was the best birthday party I've ever attended. I hope my kids are reading this and will keep it in mind for my 75th!


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17 comments:

Steven Anthony said...

I must have missed it the first time, but glad I got it the second round ;)

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a great story and you tell it so well. Thanks for the repost.

Hope all's well with you Eva and that you're enjoying the summer.

Cheers, jj

Mrs Woog said...

Oh my god! Where have you been all my (blogging) life! You know you are brilliant!

Brian Miller said...

ha. can you pan my birtday this year?

My name is PJ. said...

What a great tale to be able to tell in the years to come! Just cornering on 2 wheels alone.....sets the pace for the whole thing!

DJan said...

Wow, Eva, in one year you gathered all of us followers? I am impressed but not surprised. You are so funny and tell a story with a lot of panache. Hugs to you!

glnroz said...

That limo driver waddent "shocked". Shocked is when he would read your blog posts.. lolol... good one,,

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

The whole limo incident makes for a great story to tell. The night wouldn't have been nearly as fun if it hadn't happened, right? I'll bet your friends still in the parking lot have recounted the story of Eva on two wheels many a time. Sounds like my kind of 75th birthday party!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Lordy, Eva, you do lead an exciting life, don't you - partying, chasing down men in the street, drinking champagne in a limo, speeding, and watching male strippers!

You go girl!

injaynesworld said...

What a total blast. I'll have to remember that for my birthday. Nothing's better than hanging with best gal pals.

lakeviewer said...

Glad you reposted. This sounds like a great party, indeed. Hinting is passed on.

Candice said...

Sounds like y'all really lived it up!

Eva Gallant said...

Glen: So glad you liked it!

Mrs. Woog: Thank you so much and welcome!

Steven: I'm so glad I reposted. Many more were able to read it than the first posting, and it is such a precious memory to me.

Joann Mannix said...

That story is as great as the night sounded. That is just phenomenal. Go party girl Eva! Or should I say Speed Racer.

Pat said...

What a riot! I love that you chased the limo driver! You probably scared the bejesus out of him! LOL!

The Full Monty! What a great show for the birthday gal! Hell for ANY woman! I haven't seen the play, but I saw the movie and loved it!

Glad you reposted. This was great!

Rose said...

what a time to have in your life. sounds like alot of fun. have a great weekend

Kristy said...

How fun! Your friend is so lucky to have you. Here from Best Posts of the Week. Will follow!