This weekend two of my favorites had their birthday. Nick and Penny (one year)!!
We had a great weekend of celebration…
First, I experienced my first assignment night at the base. This is where a class of pilots all get their assignments for what plane they will be flying and where they will be starting the rest of their lives. It’s a night full of suspense for some guys, and is fun for everyone else to watch.
There is a build up of anticipation, stories told and some, disappointment (mainly the ones that are assigned to Columbus again).
It was strange to be sitting there watching people learn what their futures hold. It was also weird to be thinking that in one year, we’ll be doing the same exact thing, feeling that suspense and anticipation.
Saturday was Penny’s first birthday – sadly, she was pretty sick. The poor thing wouldn’t eat or drink a thing. Overall, don’t think she had a good day, but am happy to report that she’s all better and doing well!
Saturday, Nick’s class threw him a surprise party for his birthday! I took Nick out of the house for a quick drink while the guys and gals set-up. We then came home to a surprise BBQ! Nick didn’t suspect a thing – flawless execution (pictures from the party to come to Facebook later).
We had a great night of eating, drinking, friends and to finish our night, that we should experience Mississippi BBQ, that’s where things got weird.
After weeks of seeing ads for the Mississippi State BBQ Championship, we decided this was something we should experience. Now, from what we had heard about the event, we were expecting a good time and to eat some great BBQ. Um, not so much – big FAIL.
While there was BBQ all around, and a contest underway, there was no BBQ to eat. Word on the street was that it would be hopping in the evening (like Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras in New Orleans).
We were told that this (the booths below) would be the area to experience – despite the fact that most booth were for “invited guests” only (now, if I pay $10 to get in but can’t go into a booth, what am I paying for? I still don’t have the answer).
We attempted the event again after the surprise party. This wasn’t a good idea. Not only was this as far from Bourbon Street as I could even imagine, but I think it was even worse at night. Even less booths, no vendors and one small beer tent. I did however get to dance in the rain, so that made it all well worth it.
Overall, I’d say it was a pretty good weekend, with some crazy moments thrown in there.
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?