We stopped by to pick up The Pony at his apartment on Friday evening. The daylight lasts longer there. While Hick helped carry in the stuff we brought him, I waited in A-CAD, saving my knees for the third-floor ascension later. I turned to look around at the OU apartment complex, and caught the sunset.
It was breathtaking! As much as I hated to infringe upon my creaky knees, I hoisted myself out of A-CAD to capture this magnificent display without the leather headrest and car interior framing.
Well worth it, I say. We took The Pony out for supper at a Chinese buffet (his choice), and then went back to his apartment to visit for a while. Actually, until he suggested that we leave! "Doesn't your hotel pool close at 9:00, Dad? It's a little after 8:00 now. Maybe you want to go back." Sure. We only drove 9 hours to see him. But The Pony is The Pony.
Yes, Val is fresh back
from Norman today, and resting up from The Pony's Thanksgiving feast before
preparing our own. Not that most people would term The Pony's dinner a
feast, probably. We took him the Sister Schubert's rolls and real butter
and Chex Mix that he requested, and the surprise Oreo cake. But we did
not partake. Maybe The Pony is saving them for actual Thanksgiving.
asked The Pony where he'd like to go for a meal, and he said he was
thinking about Cheddar's. He's never been there, nor have we. Haven't
even heard of it, mostly, though I figured it was a chain. If not there,
he said, then a steakhouse. Since we've been to steakhouses in Norman,
and The Pony really seemed to have his tender heart set on Cheddar's,
that's where we went. Sorry I don't have pics, but it DID happen!
got there around 3:45, having spent the noonish hours in the local
casino (gambling age 18 for slots), and The Pony, being a late riser,
having eaten his breakfast (of Oreo cake) around 10:15. Even at this odd
hour, Cheddar's had a good crowd.
Hick went all out,
and even ordered an appetizer plate of potato skins, cheese bites, and
chicken tenders. They came with sour cream, honey mustard, and marinara
sauce. Let me just say that the marinara sauce was delicious! It was for
the cheese bites, of course, but Hick kept dipping (double!) his potato
skins in there. He said to give them some flavor, even though they had
cheese and bacon on them, and came with the sour cream. Which I might
add, had a hint of flavor that I didn't quite recognize. But it was just
right! Subtle. Then I got to the bottom of the little bowl, and hit
something solid. It was a slice of jalapeno! I put it on Hick's plate
and told him THERE was his flavor for his potato skins. The Pony ate two
of the three chicken fingers. I did not begrudge them. I was having
them for my meal, so I let Hick have the third one.
ordered a ribeye (medium well) and shrimp, with a loaded baked potato and Caesar
salad. The Pony ordered a ribeye (medium rare), with a baked potato
(butter only) and Caesar salad. They came with a croissant-looking roll
with some kind of sauce drizzled on them. I ordered the chicken fingers
with honey mustard sauce, fries, and SLAW (what else would you expect?).
the deal. We had finished our appetizer, and Hick and The Pony were
nearly to the bottom of their giant Caesar bowls, when the waitress
appeared, and informed them that the kitchen was out of baked potatoes!
I'm pretty sure they would have known that when the order came in, but
she said she was JUST informed. So you can't blame the waitress. Missing
baked potatoes roll downhill, I'm sure, and she was at the bottom. She
said we could wait 30 minutes, or she could substitute mashed potatoes.
Hick and The Pony both agreed to take the mashed potatoes. They came
piled high in a little bowl, enhanced with bacon.
the deal. I think that Hick and The Pony should have been offered some
type of compensation. Maybe a discount, or a free dessert. That's how
you do business. If you're out of something, why should people pay the
same price for something they did not choose to order? Anyhoo, they got
nothing but mashed potatoes in place of a baked potato. That's what The
Pony had been talking about since we brought up where to eat. That he
wanted somewhere with steak, and a baked potato. He ate about half of
his mashed potatoes, and said they were good, but there was too much of
them. That might have been for my benefit. The Pony generally likes his
food on the plain side. Like potato and butter only. No bacon or
I must say, the food was delicious.
Especially the slaw, but all of it was tasty. The waitress asked us if
we were celebrating anything when she brought out the appetizer platter.
Maybe they like to sing happy birthday and make a production. Or maybe
we looked like disadvantaged bumpkins who wouldn't be dining at her chain
unless it was a special occasion. Anyhoo...when she asked if we were
celebrating anything, Hick said, "Thanksgiving."
sure why she looked surprised. Unless she thought, "These bumpkins don't
even know what day Thanksgiving is, and that turkey is usually the main
I would still term our (early) Thanksgiving with The Pony as a success. I think he would, too.
I'm confused, when you say the sunset was breathtaking, is that breathtaking in a good way, or breathtaking as in really bad?ReplyDelete
I see that my reign as Queen of Confusion is still in effect.Delete
I meant breathtaking in the good way this time. Unless, of course, an antisunsetite reads it, and then he can assume that I meant it the bad way. I was being purposefully ambiguous, perhaps. Or just dribbling the ball of confusion.
How could Joeh compare a sunset to a baby?ReplyDelete
I don't know!Delete
He might wear a puffy shirt under a blazer "borrowed" from the Friar's Club, eat Junior Mints while watching surgeons perform an operation, strong-arm an old man into giving up his astronaut pen, and chase old ladies down to steal their marble rye.
I suspect there's a lot we don't know about him...
That sunset alone was worth the drive!ReplyDelete
It was real, and it was spectacular!Delete
The sunset was gorgeous!!ReplyDelete
It was knee-pain-worthy! I had another picture, but Hick was in the frame, and it was not so gorgeous...Delete
Sounds like a good trip, but, like you, I would have thought they would have offered something for being out of a staple menu item. Free dessert or something! Seeing your baby boy does a heart good!ReplyDelete
It's like advertising a breakfast with Santa, and then not having a Santa!Delete
Yes, it reassures me that The Pony has managed to keep himself alive without my assistance.
I'm hoping that your bill was reduced to mashed potato price instead of baked potato. I'm guessing somebody mixed up the orders and sent your baked potatoes to someone who had ordered mashed and that person didn't complain about the potato upgrade.ReplyDelete
The sunset is gorgeous.
Hick handled the bill, so I'm not sure. We DID see a table next to us get a baked potato, but they had been there when we came in, and got their food a little while after we did. Maybe they waited 30 minutes for the baked potato.Delete
The winds were about 50 mph that day, so maybe the dust that it kicked up into the atmosphere contributed to the beauty. Not much there to slow down the wind in Oklahoma.
That's a magical sunset. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
You're welcome. I'm a giver like that, you know.Delete
Wow! What a magnificent sunset. Cheddars, hmm. I might have to check that place out. Your young one should have received free dessert.ReplyDelete
We were in the right place at the right time to see that sunset! Cheddar's was tasty. I heartily recommend the chicken fingers, but the slaw was even more delicious. The Pony was okay with no compensation for his missing baked potato. He wasn't paying, and he had an Oreo cake at home.Delete