Intrepid Optimist

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Dining and Whining.

Oh my Gaawd! Am I that old? Another blow to my very being. Turned up for a lunch last Sunday and became fast aware I was not just old – but old enough to have fathered most of those present and their absent parents as well.

Having gotten over this shocking realization and through the pleasantries of pre-lunch drinks, I found my pre-ordained place at the table. Ten of us sat down to dine. We enjoyed three delectable courses, all prepared, cooked and served by our young hostess alone; the husband only coming into play with his sound choice and smooth handling of the drinks.

It is becoming rare for largish groups to be privately and formally entertained as we were. Nowadays, at least in the company I keep, invitations are to come along and –  cook your own breakfast; prepare your own sushis; everyone-for himself-raqulettes, or stand-on-no-formality-buffets are the norm.

Apart from Russian oligarchs, narcotraficantes, a few CEOs, singers, film and football stars, no one I know can afford to entertain on a lavish scale as was done in the past.

 

 

 

 

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Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

13 comments on “Dining and Whining.

  1. Christine Goodnough
    August 16, 2017

    Being a social group of people in our church, we often invite each other (and others) over for meals on Sunday — but it’s no formal dining. Often more like “Nan’s bringing the veggies and, Joan, you can bring a salad.” All female hands help with the serving and clean up.
    I’ve never been to a “Bring and cook your own” deal, but I guess our company dinners could be viewed as such. I assume you live in the States? And this has become the custom for invitations in your area?
    As for being old, that’s a whole other subject, often accompanied by lamentations. Mine is usually about arthritis, as you can see in one of my recent posts, https://christinegoodnough.com/2017/08/14/an-ode-to-arthritis/

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    • bbryanthomas
      August 16, 2017

      For my sins, I live in Germany. No arthiritis but lost a lung to cancer 8 years ago (no I didn’t smoke). Otherwise I’m chirpy and occasionally chippy.

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      • Christine Goodnough
        August 16, 2017

        Now that sounds like a tale all its own. 🙂

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      • bbryanthomas
        August 17, 2017

        Am I so dumb. What is the Promt for this coming Friday?

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      • Christine Goodnough
        August 17, 2017

        The photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers is up already on Rochelle’s blog: https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/08/16/18-august-2017/
        Different ones have posted stories already; I was reading some tonight. Click on the blue frog to read them all.
        Here’s the link to one bloggers’ response. I think his story will give you a chuckle. https://dralimanonlife.com/2017/08/16/ff-the-end-of-the-world/

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      • bbryanthomas
        August 17, 2017

        Help Christine. I’m having trouble posting my blog to rochelle

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      • bbryanthomas
        August 17, 2017

        Help Christine. I’m a dinosaur, can’t enter my entry, That’s enough now. Getting confused

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      • Christine Goodnough
        August 17, 2017

        First off you have to post the 100-word story on your blog. If you’ve done that, I might be able to take the link and post your story for you. Is this the story you want to add? “That’s Quite Enough Now”
        https://intrepidoptimist.com/2017/08/17/thats-quite-enough-now/

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      • bbryanthomas
        August 17, 2017

        Yes. That’s the one. It would be noce if you could link it and then tell me how?

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      • bbryanthomas
        August 17, 2017

        Seem to have made it – sort of. Thanks again, I hope I can manage on my own by now. Should be at, my age

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      • bbryanthomas
        August 17, 2017

        Well it was up now it isn’t. Need to sit back and think!!!

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  2. Christine Goodnough
    August 17, 2017

    Well, I got as far as e-mail address and since I don’t have yours…
    Anyway, when you click on the blue frog, you’ll see all the links. Scroll down tot he bottom and click on the frog where it says, “Add your link.”

    You’ll get a screen where you will first enter the https etc exactly as I’ve copied it above. The next line will automatically display That’s Quite Enough Now/ Intrepid Explorer. The next line will ask your e-mail address. Type that in.

    The next thing is the picture. You’ll automatically get the photo prompt unless you choose to add your own gravatar. I wouldn’t worry about this now. You just have to accept the picture as given and click on Done. Your link will be added.

    Then you’ll get a prompt saying “Your link has been added” and “Add new link?” or “Take me back to the Link-up.” Click on that last one and you’ll see your story added in its own little box.

    If you have any more questions or can’t get it to work, e-mail Rochelle at

    Hope this helps.

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