Day #2: North Carolina
The older kids had to go to school all day. Eugie went to school, too. She went for a half day. So, after we picked Eugie up from school, we went out to lunch at a good ol’ fashioned Southern buffet. Folks, it was my last taste of Southern food. Although, I didn’t eat much local fare when I was there. I did eat barbeque in Memphis and got a pulled pork sandwich at fine national chains such as The Cheesecake Factory and The Hard Rock Café. This quaint North Carolina buffet was exactly how you would picture it: there were old people dining. There were heavy-set people eating. And, the servers and cashier had that little bit of Southern je ne sais quoi.
After we ate, we hit a thrift store that had just opened so it wasn’t really good. You have to give thrift stores at least a year for them to really collect some weird stuff. I drew a sidewalk chalk portrait of Eugie on the basketball court behind the house. And, I think I traced her, too, and maybe Liam. I don’t have pictures of that artwork. I don’t know why. Of course, we had to swing on the swingset right next to the basketball court. Who can resist swings? And, when you have a willing aunt visiting, how could you not ask for a push or to sit on her lap and swing?
Dinner was delish. We had Cornish hens. We got our own bird. I’ve never had my own bird. And, Nikki made her famous carrot cake. Mmmm!
Visiting the Budnik 6 is always good times. They always say they’re boring, but let me tell you, it’s nice to just chill. Chillin’ was something I hadn’t done for a very long time. And, as you would suspect, the Budnik 6 have furniture. Something I lack now and lacked about a week before I moved out of my apartment. Of course, the Budnik 6 have spectacular personalities that make for good conversation. And, that, my friends, makes them the opposite of boring.
Here you see my littlest nephew, Liam. Let me tell you, this kid isn’t even 3 (three) years old and he knows how to work the computer. I’ve seen commercials for “My First Computer”—a computer that is made just for little kids. Um, Liam doesn’t need one of those. He knows how to work the adult computer. He can get onto the game websites and play the games he likes—Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans. He’s one sharp kid.
Here’s my oldest brother, Gene. Jammin’. Although, he doesn’t look too happy in this picture. It wasn't until the libations were poured that things really started cookin’.
That reminds me. Nikki was kind enough to mix me a pomegranate martini—my graduation drink. See, when I was an undergraduate, I didn’t drink a drop of liquor. When I finally graduated, I decided it was time for a beer. (That was the longest 3-hour beer of my life.) This time around, I felt that my graduation from a grad school (that isn’t quite a grad school) required something a bit more classy—a martini. I got a martini the night of graduation at Central City Tavern with fellow graduates and students, but that was like the longest 3-hour martini of my life. Nikki’s fine drink went down smooth and delicious. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of me with said martini or the drink itself with its kooky sword-toothpick through the lime.
Finalement, Rasputin desperately wanted his picture taken with the Budnik 6. They obliged, except maybe Liam. He looks quite upset.
In the middle of the night, it seems Rasputin couldn’t resist temptation and had a little liaison with Nikki. For that, he rode in the trunk the entire next day.
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