This weekend, my dear friend Samantha was visiting. Samantha and I were friends in Michigan for about four years. We both grew up in Albuquerque, our brothers had been friends, our mothers were friends, but it took both of us living in Michigan before we would ever meet.
We went to the same high school and the same college, but just not at the same time. So we know a lot of the same people and places, which makes our conversations a lot of fun.
On Saturday, while JB was busy recording his fourth CD, Samantha and I went snow shoeing, and hiked back to a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. The entire time, we chatted, making up for the two years that had passed since we had last seen each other. She’s one of those friends where you can just pick up where you left off, and that just feels so good.
After snow shoeing, Sam and I went to lunch at Garwood’s, a restaurant with incredible views of the lake.
That night, after JB was finished recording, the three of us headed to Downtown Reno, where we saw The Spirit of the Dance, which is a Riverdance like show. We shared quite a few laughs because JB had determined that the star of the show looked remarkably like my sister-in-law, Jane, and we couldn’t wait to tell her that we had discovered her secret second life. (Jane, you were wonderful, really!) I also had quite a few flash backs to the days of Drill Team in high school, where I did precision dancing, high kicks, and sported the fake smile (it was mandatory).
After the show, we had dinner at Brew Brothers and enjoyed the tunes of a good cover band. A friend once told me that Brew Brothers was voted the #1 place in Reno to find a ‘sugar daddy’, so we were looking around for a good prospect for Samantha, but unfortunately, we didn’t find any.
On Sunday, the three of us rented cross country skis and headed up to Northstar’s cross country trails. JB had never been on cross country skis before, I had been once before (with Sam in MI), and Sam had been several times. But we were about as beginner as you can get. JB took to it immediately, which wasn’t a surprise to me, and ended up being way ahead of Sam and me.
Going downhill on cross country skis is riveting, as you don’t really have control over your skis. Or at least us beginners didn’t. Slight downhills that wouldn’t phase me on my downhill skis had me screaming as I went down them on cross country skis. At one point, we decided to practice going downhill by joining all of the little tykes on the bunny hill on the downhill slopes. They have this moving sidewalk like contraption where you stand on it as it pulls you up the hill. We then all three ventured down the bunny hill, making sure to avoid all of the toddlers that were skiing a bit out of control. It was really pretty funny. Kids these days have it EASY when it comes to learning to ski. The moving sidewalk was a piece of cake compared to the rope tows that I learned on.
But I digress. We then tried some trails that went mostly uphill, and eventually, Sam said she was going back to the lodge because she didn’t like going uphill. I didn’t like it either, but I was on a mission to keep up with JB.
So after climbing uphill for about 20 minutes, JB and I turned around. This meant a lot of downhill skiing on our cross country skis. I turned to JB and said ‘Let’s race’, and I started skating and poling to get ahead of him. About 10 feet later, I crossed my skis and landed on my butt. JB was very entertained by that. So, once again, he ended up way ahead of me. I then took a wrong turn, landing myself on an expert cross country trail, which basically means it’s really steep.
I went down that hill screaming and completely out of control, and ended up crashing to a stop. I was lying on my belly with my skis out behind me when JB came around a corner and said ‘why did you go that way?’ Ugh. Like I did that on purpose, really. Trying to follow Adventure Boy can be treacherous.
But karma got even with him, as he ended up crashing at the bottom of the next hill, and almost went over a pretty steep drop off. His adrenaline must have really been pumping.
Alas, we all survived the cross country ski outing, but I have to admit I am a bit sore today. I’m not sure we’ll be doing that much in the future.
After skiing, we went out to dinner at the Atlantis Oyster Bar and then rented the Italian Job. We had intended to watch the movie in my living room, but after 45 minutes of the three of us unsuccessfully trying to hook up the DVD player to my downstairs TV, we gave up. The only other option was watching the movie in my bedroom, so the three of us piled onto my bed, which was very cozy. JB could really impress his friends by telling them that he was in bed with two women. He’d just have to omit the fact that we were all three clothed and it was totally G rated.
So that was my weekend. I’m now off to deposit Sam back at the airport. It was really nice to get some good quality girl time in this weekend.
On a separate note, I accidentally managed to drive over JB’s ski boot with my Trans Am on Friday. Gads…. His ski equipment happened to be in my garage, and one of his boots had fallen from its perch. I didn’t see it, and when I was backing out of the garage, I felt a ‘ka-thunk’. I didn’t think much of it, but when I returned that evening, I discovered JB’s boot lying in my path. Cringing, I got out of my car and inspected it for damage. It was OK, except for one broken buckle.
When he came over that night, I sheepishly looked at him and said, ‘I did something bad.’
His immediate response was ‘Did you back the Trans Am into my truck?’
Now, really, he should know me better than that. I would have much more distraught if that was the case. I would have felt miserable about hitting his truck, plus I would have been bordering a nervous break down if I had crunched up my Trans Am.
Anyway, I fessed up about running over his boot, and promised that I’d get it fixed or buy him a new pair (gulp). Luckily, it only cost me $5 for a new buckle, and the boot is ready for him to use this upcoming weekend. Phew!
So does anyone else have some good weekend stories for me? Leave a comment!