So it was a big deal for us to have a date night on a Saturday night. And it reminded us of why we think living here is wonderful.
We had tickets to hear a favorite Bluegrass band, Balsam Range, play at the old Earle Theater in downtown Mt. Airy, NC. We were in the tenth row, close enough to see their faces! If we still lived in Colorado we'd have to brave huge crowds to hear them play.
The only crowding in Mt. Airy that night was at the local restaurants. Where did all those folks come from? We must have one of the highest restaurant per capita ratios in the country, I swannee.
After our early supper, we ran over to the hardware giant. In and out in a flash (because everybody was still supping) the Girl Scouts from Troop 02743 had a table and cookies! Back in my day, the troops only had three digit numbers. These cuties stamped their feet in the chilly weather and tempted customers as we left the store. I was gleeful that I had cash in my wallet for a change. Love those Thin Mints.
Once we got to the theater we needed to use the facilities. But those are always crowded at the Earle .We dashed out and down the block to the heated public restrooms on Main Street. What a great idea. Mt. Airy has a fair amount of tourists so they'd planned for them. Like the parking. The public lot half a block away is free, and we could be on the road without a traffic jam.
The town still had the snow flake lights hanging on posts, and the holidays didn't seem long gone.
We crept home safely and substantially below the speed limit. This is a great place for us older-than-we-used-to-be folks to live and enjoy life. We'll have to do it again, real soon.
How much enticement do you need to move out of your routine?