Okay, let’s try this again. I wrote about meeting Jann last night (this morning) before I went to bed. Had it all written and hit the “Publish” button at 12:36 a.m. A message of some kind popped up saying the “Server could not be found”. Ack, ack, ack.
Do you remember when you went to school? Had a best friend that rode the bus while you lived close enough to walk? The school year came to an end and summer meant you would not see that friend again forever? Three months can feel like forever sometimes. Then the beginning of the new school year is just a week away and the excitement of seeing your best friend again is palpable? The questions that go through your mind. What do they look like now? Have they changed? Would they still like me?
I’m sure you are wondering why I’m using a school analogy about meeting Jann. This is how I felt, though. I was excited to meet her, giddy in fact, but I was a bit scared also. We’ve become friends through YouTube and I have developed a friendship with her that has created a bond like a best friend.
The initial plans were to meet at 11 a.m. or noon yesterday. With the events of Monday that time frame got pushed back to 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Yesterday we were delayed a bit by Joe’s truck. The 13 speed transmission did not want to go in the high range. He was stuck at 55 to 60 miles an hour instead of 65 to 70 had the splitter worked. That five mile an hour difference, a stop at Walmart in West Memphis, Arkansas for bath soap (I forgot to pack!!!!) and a bit of lunch at Shoney’s so Joe could take his medicine equated to a 4 hour delay.
I kept Jann updated on our whereabouts and the time of arrival. Each hour that grew I began to wonder if Jann was rethinking all this. Wondering if I were a flake and trying to get out of meeting her. When we were getting on the I-440 loop I called to tell her. She and her husband left for the Pilot Travel Center where we had agreed to meet and have dinner at O’Charley’s. A bit later she called me back and said there was a change of plans, instead of O’Charley’s we were going to a place that she and her husband love to go and they would like to take us there. When I told Joe this he suggested we get a room at the Days Inn in Lebanon, Tennessee and just stay for the night. That way we could enjoy our visit and not try to drive late in the night to Knoxville. Woohoo. I called Jann to tell her this bit of news and she said they’d meet us at the Days Inn.
When I saw her I felt like a school girl all over again. Seeing my best friend after the long summer months. In fact, I think we both acted like a couple of teens. Except we didn’t hop up and down in circles squealing. We just squealed and hugged.
I don’t know about Jann’s Royce, but my Joe was going along for the ride. Not sure what I had gotten him into but fairly sure it would be entertaining. I mean what kind of mischief can two women get into?
As soon as Joe got in their vehicle with me, he and Royce came to agreement. We were their guests and that was that. No more to be said.
Jann and Royce introduced us to the “Sauce Sampler” which consisted of about 8-10 small ramekins filled with blackened chicken in Alfredo, a Marinara, a chili sauce, a meat sauce, browner butter, a clam Alfredo, and a couple others.
Dinner was fantastic and the company was delightful.
There was no mention of glitter, flowers, brads, paper or anything during dinner. Oh, wait…yes there was. Royce said he had a “bucket of embellishments” to show us. That was hilarious. The image conjured up in my head of him raising a bucket brimming with chipboard, brads, flowers, and bling was way too funny.
A couple hours of good food, and lots of talk ended too soon. It was getting past our bed times and poor Royce looked like he was about ready to put some chairs together and take a much needed nap.
This trip has been fun and rewarding. Thank you Jann and Royce for your hospitality, time, and friendship. I appreciate you both for making Joe and I welcome in “Your Neck Of The Woods”.