this past thursday morning i boarded an md-88 with several coworkers to fly to columbus, ohio for our annual company meeting. between team gatherings, putt-putt golf, and drinks at brazenhead, the event was quite the success in melding many offices together as a united front for the successful business years ahead for which we are striving. go team!
most folks flew back to atlanta friday night, but i had the wonderful pleasure of staying the whole weekend. as it would be, phillip has family only minutes from our dublin location – such a small world! so, it was a no-brainer for phillip to take some time off work and join me.
once work things wrapped up friday afternoon, phillip picked me up and we checked into the local embassy suites. we rested our feet for a little bit and then were in the car again. where to? well, seeing as how our stomachs were grumbling, it was a good thing we were headed to dinner with grandma lorraine and cousin tony at the local favorite the rusty bucket. they were seated at a booth just inside the restaurant awaiting our arrival. both greeted me warmly as we scooched into our seats and got to know one another. conversation came easy among the group among local brews and delicious food. i highly recommend the wedge salad to start and then the buffalo chicken sandwich – it was massive! the chicken parmesan that grandma lorraine had was a generous serving also. tony’s quesadilla and phillip’s philly cheesesteak didn’t disappoint either. so much else on the menu looked so appealing that i guess we’ll just have to visit again!
after paying the checks, grandma lorraine called it a night. tony, phillip, and i, though, were in the mood for another drink, so tony led us to a local bar called the dub pub. most certainly a favorite dive bar of those who live nearby, we grabbed a high-top and continued visiting while enjoying some whiskey-gingers and a few ipa’s from the columbus brewing company (referred to by ohioans simply as “cbc”). soon tony’s friend sean joined us, and i think eventually we blended in with the regulars as we chatted, cheered on team usa during the olympics, and took in some preseason nfl games.
as our glasses emptied and the early evening grew into the later night, phillip and i were about ready to call it a day. we bid tony and sean farewell and hopped in the rental. as we cruised along to the hotel, phillip pointed out the grater’s right nearby and the convenient fact that they were open until eleven p.m. it was only 10:30 at that point. phillip swung the camry into the parking lot and we helped ourselves to the counter.
now, any of you who know phillip know that he has quite the sweet tooth. i used to “blame” his mother because she is an ice cream lover, but now i know it is grandma lorraine who started it all. she revealed that each night she either has an ice cream or a cookie with some milk before going to bed. old habits die hard, i suppose! 😀
with many more choices at the store as opposed to just the grocery aisle, i did a bowl of strawberry cheesecake and mocha chocolate chip. whoa, that stuff was unbelievably good. the strawberry cheesecake was undoubtedly my favorite, and it was lucky i even got to try it since it is a limited summer flavor! phillip considered his options for a while and then settled (to no one’s surprise) on a scoop of the buckeye and a scoop of the peanut butter chocolate chip. i am telling you, this boy could eat only reese cups for the rest of his life and be satisfied. i suppose it’s hard to deny a man his ice cream when it makes him this happy.
it was finally after over-eating on quite possibly the best ice cream ever created on this beautiful earth that we hit the hay. with two more days to go in ohio, we needed our beauty rest!