Thursday, December 24, 2015


I got out of bed after Jake and Carla had already left for his work. I got a cup of coffee and filled in the Blog post. It was warm and raining.

Carla came home and we alternated between watching TV and chatting.

I had a cold piece of pizza for my brunch. Carla made herself a ham sandwich accompanied by Better Made potato chips (supplied by moi).

We were supposed to leave to go to Kroger’s first and then get Jake. But, before we left, there were already tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings and flash flood warning out for this county! Never the less, we endeavored to persevere.

We got onto the main drag and it was jammed solid! I sent a text and picture to Jake. We finally (finally) made it to Kroger’s and every parking space was filled. People were parking in nearby restaurants and walking over! So, we skipped even trying to get in.

Jake checked out Google maps and directed us on the best way to proceed in this crazy traffic. We got on the expressway, just as the heavy downpour started. Many people were just pulling over and stopping. We carried on, though I doubt we ever got above 40 mph.

Sidebar: I’m not sure if this a southern thing, or just a South Carolina thing, but half the people (and all the big trucks) were driving with their hazard lights on. Um, that’s cool, but since it overrides your turn signals, maybe not so cool!

We finally got to the gate, where we ran into another problem. Since the threat level is Bravo, they wouldn’t let me go in. So, they held up traffic while Carla pulled over to the Visitor Center. I got out to wait while she picked up Jake.

Sidebar: I briefly thought about explaining how I got through Security at Metro airport okay, but I didn’t think they would care. They seemed to be taking this very seriously!

Jake finally showed up and bailed me out.

From there we went to Bonefish, a seafood restaurant, for an early dinner. We ordered 12 raw oysters on the half shell for an appetizer.

We also had some great bread and a dipping sauce.

Then we ordered. Carla got a Caesar salad, grilled shrimp and sea scallops and some fries. Jake and I got the same entrée (sirloin and crab cakes) but different sides. He got potatoes au gratin and steamed broccoli, while I opted for garlic mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.

The Caesar salad was huge (for a side salad) so I ate some of it. I also tried one of her sea scallops.

Everything was excellent! We were all way to stuffed to even consider dessert.

We made our way back home and everybody changed clothes. Then we chilled for the rest of the night. Carla and I went to bed around 9:00, while Jake stayed up. I read for a while in my room and then went to sleep.


  1. Dinner was excellent! Happy birthday and happy (belated) tenth Piece Offerings anniversary!

  2. What part of Tornado warning and Bravo alert don't you understand. Stay in your tornado shelter.

  3. Agreed. No vigilance...