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Saturday night at the Escape

Well another Saturday is here and yes that means going to the Escape. I really do like my time out but it is not so much about where I go but the fact, I get to see my friends and interact with people. I will admit I am not a big bar or club person, I don’t like alcohol, the way it tastes or how it makes you feel. I honestly believe if you told some of my closest friends that don’t know about this side of me that you saw me in a bar dressed as a female hey would be more shocked, I was in a bar. Now our group does our weekly dinner but the location changes and I think it is good to have a regular place that everyone knows we will be at and feels comfortable especially for the newer girls in the group. Anyway, I posted this morning I would be there and the only response I got was from Cassandra which was awesome, it would be great to see her again.

I started getting ready early as Cassandra is not a fan of loud music so I figured she would be early and leave when Karaoke started so I wanted to get there a little earlier so I could write my blog from Wednesday night’s dinner. I started getting ready a little after 3 and was leaving home right at 5 pm. Now I have been leaving my car in the drive and walking out as Susan instead of parking in the garage but with leaving earlier it was still light outside but I just didn’t care. I didn’t see any of my neighbors out. I got to the Escape a little after 5 and was able to park right in front. I went in and set up my computer and ordered dinner. I started my log and worked on it till my food came, after I ate, I finished it up. just as I was finishing it Kimberly showed up. it was good to see her. she had planned on coming to our Wednesday night dinner but she had t cancel do to snow. While she was ordering I finished my blog and posted it and then put my computer away so we could talk.

Kimberly has a beautiful set of acrylic nails, she got them done about 2 weeks ago, they are a French style and look really cute on her. she works from home so she can get away with it, such a lucky girl. Any way we were talking and she was asking how long she should go before she gets a fill, yes, she is keeping them. Well looking at her nails they grow a little slower than mine and she only has a little grow out so I told her she could wait another week. Well we got on the topic of nails and of course I had to tell her about mine and how I have them for almost 2 weeks when I go to Diva Las Vegas and I was trying to talk he into going. Her big concern is her vacation time so I jokingly said as she works from home she could just as easily work from Las Vegas. Well it turns out that may not have been such a big joke as she is really thinking about it. That would be so cool if she could go, it would be her first time in Las Vegas as Kimberly and also, she could travel as Kimberly which she really wants to try.

It was about 6:30 and Cassandra showed up, it was great to see her again. She has come out a couple times in the last few weeks which is nice, she has more free time now so I am hoping we will see her more. I got a couple selfies for my blog which I am trying to do. I use my blog to record this part of my life and it is nice to have a picture to go with it. I try to encourage everyone to do a blog about events in their lives even if you keep it private as it is nice to be able to look back on things. Cassandra and I were talking about a karaoke bar we went to downtown years ago that has long since closed and neither one of us could remember the name it was easy to look back in my blog and find it, the Boiler room. Well Cassandra and I talked about Diva Las Vegas and she also encourage Kimberly to go. Right now, we have 6 for sure from our group going although 2 of the 6 don’t live in the Portland area. But from Portland we have Cassandra, Julie, Brenda and me for sure and Veronica, Kimberly and a couple others are thinking about it. It really would be fun to have 10 or more from Portland go.

Jan and Lynn also showed up a little after 7 so we had a nice little group here tonight. We all talked and had a good time. About 8 Stacy showed up it was her second week in a row. it is nice when you see girls that don’t get out much getting out more. Now they had a birthday party here tonight so the bar was crowded which is both good and bad. It is nice to interact with all the people but also hard to move around. While we were sitting there a young lady came over and talked to me, seems she met me here over a year ago and remembered me and wanted to say hi, that always makes me feel good. I kind of remembered her but she had to tell me her name again which was Stephani. A little later another woman came over and talked to me, I had also met her a while back. It is so nice to be accepted and treated like anyone else.

Karaoke started at 9 and yes it got loud, James did Karaoke again, his 3rd week in a row and he likes the music loud so it was hard to talk now. Well you guessed it about 9:15 Cassandra and Stacy called it a night and it was down to just Kimberly, Jan, Lynna and me. We sang along with some of the songs and tried to talk between. Lynn got up and sang and did a good job. It was around 10 and Lauri showed up so we had a total of 7 her tonight. Now as I said it was busy and as we had a big table some other people joined us and they did seem bothered by us, actually they even talked with us some which was nice. Now I had only planned on staying till 10 or so but you know how that goes. It was almost 11:30 when I called it a night. it was a fun night out and right now I am planning on a little Starbucks time tomorrow to write my blog and I also have some work to do. Now I don’t really work from home but there are things I need to do on the computer that is kind of work related and it is just so nice to do it as Susan.

Thanks for reading and be sure and read my most current blog to see what is new in my life.

January 19, 2020 Posted by | Escape Bar & Grill | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen

Well it is Wednesday and our group is doing dinner at Southland Whiskey Kitchen weather depending. They are forecasting snow tonight so that may affect how many come out. We have 7 that have said they will be there but a couple live in areas that could be affected by the snow more then others. I actually got home a little early so I was able to take my time getting ready which always makes the evening more enjoyable. I was out the door by 6 and on my way. There was a little snow mixed in with the rain but it was still 36 degrees out. I got down town and drove around the block once and got a spot right on the corner about a half block away which was nice as it was raining and a little windy. It was still before 7 so I had to go to a parking meter and pay but to my surprise the ones on this street you have to put your license plate number in and you don’t get a ticket. This was actually more challenging then it sounds as it was really dark so here, I am trying to hold my umbrella, purse and my cell phone to use the flashlight to see how to work this meter and put my credit card in all at the same time. You would think the parking meter would have lights on it so you could see what you need to do. Well it all worked out and I walked to the Whiskey Kitchen and Barb was just going in as I was walking up. Barb had made reservations at 7pm for 8.

Barb and I sat at the bar as they got our table ready, they were not very busy as I think the weathers scared people, here in Portland snow is a big event as we rarely get it. Melissa arrived just as our table was ready so we went and sat down to wait for other. We checked the groups e-mail and yes 1 had canceled due to weather. It was just before 7 when Jenifer showed up so there were 4 of us tonight. We talked for a little while just in case the other 2 were running late. it was about 7:30 when we ordered as we figured the pother 2 couldn’t make it. I do like it when we get big groups out as I think that is good for the group but it is also really nice to have small groups as it is easy for everyone to be involved in the same conversation and not feel left out. I did get my nightly selfie. Jennifer also got a couple picture of herself.

Our food came and as always it was really good. I would say they are mid-priced; you can find things around $10 or $12 but in general you are looking at about $16 to $20 for a nice dinner and if you like to drink Wednesday nights are a good night to come here. They have their Whiskey special. Any drink with Whiskey is ½ price if you select a whiskey $12 or more so if you like Whiskey and want to sample some different ones this is the place. It really is a good value for the food you get and the food tastes good too.

It really was a wonderful evening out with friends. After dinner our waitress asked if we wanted dessert and I was a good girl and said no but Barb wanted something so she ordered the apple crisp for 2 so she could share it, thanks Barb. It was actually pretty bug as all 4 of us had some and there was still a little left. We sat and talked some more as these dinners really are a nice social event. It was after 9 when we called it a night. we said our goodbyes and I walked to my car; it still amazes me how easily I walk by myself now when I am out. I really didn’t even think about how I was dressed I was just me out with my friends and I was glad it wasn’t raining at this point. Now the funny thing is it had actually warmed up as my car was now reading an outside temperature of 39. It was almost 10 when I got home. what a fun evening and now I am looking forward to the Escape on Saturday night and hopefully Starbucks on Sunday.

One ore thing a quick update on Diva Las Vegas, Julie has booked her room also so she will be there. So looking forward to seeing her again.

Thanks for reading and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life

January 18, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Saturday night at the Escape

Well it once again is Saturday and I get to go out to the Escape. I posted in our group earlier today I would be there but no one has posted back so it may be just me. Usually someone shows up but there has been 1 time I was there by myself. Now on my male side I never go to bars and would never think of going by myself but I do know some of the regulars here so it is not that bad but I do hope others show up. I got home late after 4 so I was starting getting ready later then I like. I really do like getting there early and having a little time by myself.

I got to the Escape a little before 6 and the parking lot was full as were the first 5 spots on the street, I think this might be the farthest away I have had to park. I got inside and they were busy a couple big groups and both big tables were taken so I had to get one of the small tables with the high bar stools. I got out my computer and went up and ordered my drink. Now my funny side note, because of laws they no longer have straws and that is not the point here. I keep straws in my cars glove box as I just like to drink with straws as to not mess up my lipstick. Well I forgot to bring one and didn’t want to walk all the way out to my car in the rain for a straw. The funny part of this story is I have never forgot a straw when I park in the parking lot, right outside the door but it seems every time I park on the street, I forget the straw.

Well I sat down with my drink and wrote my blog from Wednesday night dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory as I waited for my dinner. I ordered a couple pancakes but as I didn’t get lunch today so I am sure I will have something else also. My food came and it was good as always. I finished my blog and was also watching the NFL playoffs on the big screen. It is funny as I watch way more sports as Susan then my male self. It was about 7 when the big groups left and so I moved down to one of the big tables, I did sit at the far end though so I wasn’t taking up the whole table incase no one else shows up. the chairs are just more comfortable to sit in.

It was about 7 and Michele showed up and shortly after Stacy also showed up. it has been a while since Stacy has been out, she only comes out once every great while. It was nice to see her again. We all sat and talked and had a nice time. Before we knew it, it was 9 pm and Karaoke started, James was the KJ again tonight and he turns up the volume a little more so it was a lot louder tonight and very hard to talk. We sat and listened to people sing and it was fun but a little loud. It was almost 10 when Lauri showed up. It has been a while since she has been out, it was good to see her out again. Now I was thinking of leaving as I was getting tired but Robyn showed up and she also has not been out in almost a year. It was good to see her also so I stayed a little longer so I could talk with her plus she said Diane was going to show up and she is always a late-night girl but I wanted to stay long enough to say hi to her also.

Diane showed up just before 11 so I talked with her briefly before I paid my bill and called it a night. It really was a fun night. I got home about 11:30. Now this week will be interesting as I have things to do Sunday so won’t make it out tomorrow and the middle of the week, they are calling for snow so we may not be able to do Wednesday night dinner which will be sad.

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January 12, 2020 Posted by | Escape Bar & Grill | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Old Spaghetti factory

Well it is Wednesday and once again I get to go out with my friends for dinner and that is awesome. Tonight we are going to the Old Spaghetti Factory on the Willamette river. We have gone here many times before and tonight I arrange dinner, last night I called and made reservations for 12 as we have 10 for sure and 2 maybes. I got off work a little early so I had a little more time to enjoy getting ready. I was on my way by 6 and got to the Old Spaghetti Factory about 6:40 as there was a lot of traffic. Jennifer and Danika were already there waiting. It wasn’t long and others started showing up, Kimberly, Barb, Joan, Melissa and April so by 7 there were 8 of us and they called us for our table. We had a table in the middle near the window looking out on the river although it was dark and rainy and you couldn’t see anything.

We sat and talked as we waited for a few others, Patty showed up and finally Cassandra so we had 10 and the last 2 and let me know they wouldn’t make it. It was great Cassandra could make it as she has not been able to come out a lot lately. Now I sat towards the middle so I could talk with everyone. Now Cassandra and I talked a little about Diva Las Vegas which is less than 3 months away, March 29th to April 3rd. Cassandra and I are going for sure as is Brenda and I think Julie and Veronica will also go so we should have at least 5 from our group. Right now, they are doing registration for those who have gone before, soon they will open it up to those on their e-mail list and then finally open to everyone so if you are thinking of going sign up for their email list. It really is a fun event. We all talked and had a great time. We finally ordered and I had their Chicken Parmesan which is awesome but really all their food is good and our waitress was wonderful.

Our food came and we had a nice dinner with wonderful conversation, what more could a girl ask for. These Wednesday night dinners really are the most fun. We sit and enjoy each other’s company and have a nice meal. It is just a n normal night out like everyone else. Jennifer took a picture of me plus I got my normal Selfie. I really am trying to get a picture each time I go out to go with my blog. It is hard to believe this is my 1252 blog, 20 years ago I couldn’t even imagine going out yet alone going out that many times. I have dome so many things as Susan over the last 10 years, shopping, going out to dinner, movies, traveling including 8 times to Las Vegas, Starbucks, getting my nails done. It really has been a wonderful time and made even more special by my friends. I really am a lucky girl. I wish I would have or could have done this earlier in my life. For those just starting out the advice I would give to you is be confident and smile. Both of those things go a long way at putting people at ease and helping them accept you. Also, if you can find some friends that accept you for you then you have hit the lottery.

After dinner we sat and talked till after 9, they actually close at 9 so we were pretty much the last to leave but as the staff was busy cleaning up, they didn’t say anything to us. It was about 9:30 when we left. It really was a great night out and always sad to see it come to an end. I will of course be out this Saturday night again at the Escape but not sure if I will be able to get to Starbucks on Sunday. My goal this year is to make it out 136 times. Right now, 2016 was my best year with 135 blogs or times as Susan.

Thanks for reading and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new in my life.

Hope to see some of you in Las Vegas at Diva Las Vegas.

January 11, 2020 Posted by | Dinner out, Out and about as Susan | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sunday and finally a chance for a little Susan time at Starbucks.

It is Sunday and I am going to get a little Susan time at Starbucks. This is one of my goals for this year as I really do enjoy my quiet time at Starbucks, I can go there and do some of my work and also catch up on my blogs and e-mails. Yes, I could sit at home and do it just as easy but it is nice to be out as Susan with other people. It is a place you can go and no one really cares or bothers you as there are a lot of people who go her by themselves with their computers. Well I have a couple hours of work I need to do and to write my blog from last night at the Escape and also catch up on e-mails so I figured I needed about 4 hours. The one I usually go to is open to 8:30 not the closest to my house but less then a mile away. My goal was to get there by 4.

I started getting ready about 2:30 and was on my way and got to Starbucks about 3:45 and went in. They were not super busy about 15 people inside but there was a table along the window where I could plug my computer in which is nice if I am going to be here for a while as my computer is getting old and my battery only last about 2 ½ hours now. I set my computer on the table and went up to order my drink. The young man behind the counter greeted me and asked how my holiday was calling me by name which is nice as it has been a couple months since I have been here. We talked briefly before I ordered, it is just a really good feeling to be treated so nice, really all the people here are great and for that matter I don’t think I have ever been to a Starbucks where I wasn’t treated nice. Maybe that is one of the reasons I like going here. Starbucks was really the first mainstream (non-LGBT) place I went and I think that may be why I like coming here so much. My selfie in the car before going in.

I got my drink and started on my work. Now I have not come out to anyone I work with about this part of my life but it is nice I can actually do some of my work as Susan and that helps make Susan part of my everyday life not just a side note in my life. It really does help make Susan a normal part of my life plus it brings a smile to my face as I wonder what work would think if they knew. Now our group has had a lot of discussion lately about coming out to people and I will give my thoughts on it. For me I look at it this way, I am not transitioning and Susan is just part of who I am and so I don’t feel the need to tell everyone. I figure if I am not going to be Susan at work they don’t need to know. Kind of like I don’t talk golf with my friends who don’t like golf. Now I will admit I have thought about what some of my friends would say and there are a few I have thought about telling but I just don’t see the benefit of telling them and risking a friendship. Now I know what some will say, if they are really your friend, they will accept you but I look at it like politics. I have some very liberal friends and some very conservative friends. I respect their views and as such we don’t talk politics. For me this falls into the same category. That being said this is how I feel and what is right for me it does not mean that everyone hast to feel the same as we are all different. Now if you are transitioning then yes, I feel you should tell others or if you are in a relationship with someone, they have the right to know as your life and theirs intertwine. Now I did not tell any of the women I was in a relationship with but back then I had convinced myself I could stop for the right woman. I know now that is not true so yes if or when I get in m my next relationship Susan will have to come up which is very scary.

Anyway, back to our group, one of our girls who is heading in the way of transitioning had as her goal to come out to her Mother in 2019. Well she worked on it, talked with others, got information from them when they came out. Had all kinds of information, and talking points for all the possible arguments and was working up the courage. Well about 1 ½ weeks before Christmas she went over to her mom’s house to come out to her. she said it was the hardest think she had done. Well she came out to her mom and was ready with all her talking points and what actually happened was her mom told her she loved her and accepted her for who she was. well a week later she did the same thing with her sister and got pretty much the same reaction. So, she posted this in our group and several of the girls have posted back about their experiences coming out. It really did bring out a lot of good discussion and that is great. I really thank her for being so open about her experience. Our group is such a wonderful group and we have members who have fully transitioned and live full time to those who are struggling to take that first step out the door and every place in between and I hope this can help some. I know a lot of girls think they can never make it out and they see others making it look so easy and that may make it harder but trust me we were all there that first time. I wrote a blog several months back about my first attempt to go out and how hard it was for me, actually took me 4 times going out to get out of the car. If you are interested here is the blog of my first timeout. I look back on those nights and now how I travel as Susan to Diva Las Vegas and live as Susan for almost two weeks at a time and it seems those are to different people but they are not.

The best advice I can give is there is nothing wrong with you if you are transgender. It is who you are. Try and find some friends even if just online but if you can find some friends to go out with you have hot the lottery. The friends I have made in our group are my best and closest friends and some I view more as family. They have changed my life in ways I never imagined possible and I would not be the person (lady and man) I am now without them. We are all different but also the same in some ways.

Well I stayed at Starbucks till about 7:30 before leaving and stopping at Burger King drive through for some food before going home. it was a fun few hours and I got a lot done. Thanks for reading and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what is new and remember Diva Las Vegas is March 29t to April 4th. If interested sign up for their mailer. Hope to see you there. We will have at least 4 from our Portland group going but I am hopeful we will have closer to 10 or more.

January 6, 2020 Posted by | Starbucks | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Saturday of 2020, first outing for Susan this year

It is the First Saturday of 2020; I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New years and that this year bring you all the joy and happiness you deserve. Well, being Saturday I am of course going to the Escape tonight and I am looking forward to it. I have set a few goals for this year, New Years resolutions if you will. 1 to try to average at least 2 times a week out as Susan, yes I hope to get back to going to Starbucks more, it has been almost 2 months since I last went to a Starbucks and I do enjoy my quiet time there as Susan writing my blogs and catching up on work. The second goal is to lose weight, now this has been on my list the last 2 years but this year actually the last month or so of 2019 I actually lost about 8 pounds and have kept them off. Well back to today’s outing to the Escape. My plan was to start getting ready about 3:30 with the hopes of being to the Escape by 5 or shortly after. Well it has been a long and busy week and it turns out I fell asleep on the couch and didn’t wake up till almost 4:30 so it was a rush getting ready. I got to the Escape a little before 6 which was still before what I posted in the group. The lot was full so I had to park on the street but still a short walk.

I got my normal table and set up my computer and then went up to order some food, yes Pancakes again. As I was ordering Nicole showed up. she also ordered some food and we sat down at the table to talk so I put away my computer. I only bring it to have something to do till others show up. I am not a big fan of sitting in a bar by myself and I figure at least this way I have something to do. It wasn’t long and Laura M showed up, this is her third week in a row. it was just a little past 6 and we had 3 of us here already. Next to arrive was Michele and then Melissa so we had 5 of us here by 6:30. It was nice to just sit and talk. Of course, I brought up Diva Las Vegas as I am always hopeful of getting some of the other girls to go. Right now, Cassandra and I are going for sure and have booked our rooms, Brenda also contacted me on Facebook and she is going and I am hopeful Michele will go this year. I am looking forward to it as this will be my 9th time going. I went in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. It seems like just yesterday I was all excited about going for the first time and now 10 years later here I am. It is still hard to believe I am taking vacations and traveling completely as Susan. now I did get my customary selfie again tonight.

It started getting busy early tonight, probably because James was the KJ for Karaoke. He used to do it every Saturday night and a lot of people know him and he promoted it on his Facebook page, plus there was a big group at the next table celebrating what turned out to be a final divorce and they even had a cake. Well it was about 9:15 when Karaoke started and it got loud, I think a little louder than normal as I think James turned the volume up so it was really hard to talk even to the person right next to you. About 9:30 Melissa called it a night and shortly after so did Michele so it was just Laura, Nicole and I now. It was just before 10 when Melissa and her husband showed up, I met her here over a year ago and we hit it off. Yes, it can get confusing as I have friends with the same names that sometimes show up on the same night. any way her and her husband sat down at our table and we tried to talk but really, we could only talk between songs.

It was about 10:15 when Nicole called it a night and I had actually planned on leaving about 10:30. Well I was talking with Melissa and she was trying to talk me into singing which I didn’t. but she asked me what song I wanted her to sing so since I picked it out, I felt I should stay till she sang. Besides I was having fun. I really do have wonderful friends in the group but it is also nice that I have friends outside of the group that accept me for who I am. I really have come a long way over the last 12 years. Well before I knew it, it was almost midnight way past this girl’s bedtime. I was getting ready to call it a night and another young girl came over and started talking to me. She said she had met me here before and I was the only face she knew here and she wasn’t sure if I would remember her but I did, well not by mime. I met her and her sister her right after she moved to Portland, her sister had helped her move up from California. I told her I did remember her but not her name which turns out is Petra. Here is a link to the blog from when I met her back in March of 2018. Now when I was writing this blog, I did look back to get the link and the night I met them I git her Sisters name but not hers. She is the last picture in this blog, lower right. This is why I really like keeping my blog.

Well I stayed a little longer so we could talk, she really is a nice young lady. It really was a fun night but I stayed out way later then I planned. It was about 12:15 when I went up and paid my bill. I will regret it in the morning when my alarm goes off but tonight was worth it. I said goodbye to Laura, Melissa and Petra and then headed for home. Now on the way I decided I was going to go to Starbucks Tomorrow, well actually later today as it really is Sunday already. I do have a little work I have to do and it is just so much more fun to do it at Starbucks as Susan then at home.

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January 5, 2020 Posted by | Escape Bar & Grill | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Saturday night at the Escape, the last Saturday of 2019

It is the Last Saturday night of 2019 and it has been a good year. Tonight, I once again get to go out as Susan to the Escape and spend time with my friends. Not sure how many will be there but I know Nicole will be there. Tonight, will be my 128th post of 2019 which means I have been out that many times this year, that works out to a little more then twice a week. Now I did want to go out a little early so I hoped to start getting ready earlier but it was almost 4 when I got home so I rushed a little in hopes of being to the Escape by 5:30. Well I was ready and out the door before 5 and got to the Escape about 5:15. Now the table I normally get was taken so I had to sit at one of the high tables with the bar stools not as comfortable as a chair with a back on it. I ordered some food and set up my computer as I waited for Nicole and hopefully others to show up. I had pancakes again tonight and they were good.

It was just about 6 when Nicole showed up and her daughter Marisa was with her. They came down for the night so Nicole could go out as tonight is her 104th time out, she also has a blog that she keeps private but she records her times out. It really is fun to be able to keep track of your times out and what you did, I would encourage everyone to keep a blog or record. Nicole ordered dinner and we sat and talked. Little while later the people at the table I normally get left well except for two ladies at the end playing a game so we moved down there so we could have the more comfortable chairs. We had a nice time and even talked with the two ladies at the end of the table, they were really nice, one of them had small candy canes and gave us each one.

About 7 Melissa showed up so there were 3 of us, 4 if you count Nicole’s daughter. We had a really nice time just sitting and talking. We talked about a lot of stuff including Diva Las Vegas. I was hoping to talk Nicole into going but it is Spring break and she is taking her Family on a vacation. By the way my vacation is confirmed, and my room is booked so I am set. We are staying at the Flamingo this year. Melissa can’t make it this year. Right now, we have Cassandra, Veronica and me going for sure, I am really looking forward to it. By 9 it was getting busy and karaoke started so it got a little loud.

It was a little after 9 and Nicole and her daughter called it a night but I think she will be back in town next Saturday again. Melissa left shortly after that and I stayed till about 9:30 before I left. It was an early night but a lot of fun. This will be my last time out this year. My New year’s resolution for next year is to try to get back to going to Starbucks more often.

I would like to wish you all a Happy, Healthy and safe New Year and may all your dreams come true. Thanks for reading and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what Susan is doing now.

December 30, 2019 Posted by | Escape Bar & Grill | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twas the Saturday before Christmas at the Escape

Twas the Saturday before Christmas and I am once again going to the Escape. I posted in the group in hopes that others would be there. I started getting ready early, my makeup was done with great care as so I would look my best. I was on my way early and got to the Escape about 5:45 and went in. I set up my computer and then up to the counter to order dinner. They were not very busy as it was still early. I settled down at the table to write my blog from Wednesday night’s dinner. I had just finished it when what to my wondering eyes should appear but Jan and Lynn in their cute Holiday outfits. It was great to see them again. I put my computer away so we could talk. A few minutes later Michele also arrived. They all went up and ordered dinner and as I had just finished, I took my computer out to my car.

We talked a little while and Jan asked if I had heard from Cassandra lately and I said no as this is her busy time of year. Well it could not have been more then a minute and in walks Cassandra, what a surprise. Well Cassandra and I got talking about Diva Las Vegas, we are both planning on going although I still have not got the final okay on my vacation yet. But here is the big issue this year. We use to stay at hotels on the strip but they got so expensive as we usually go for 7 to 9 nights and it always includes at least 1 weekend. Last year we stayed downtown at the Four Queens which does not charge resorts fees and for the 9 nights we were there it was a little over $500, the same hotel on the strip would have been between $1200 and $1500. Well Diva Las Vegas is recommending the Flamingo this year and well Cassandra has gone there several times over the year and because of that she is getting her room free so she booked at the Flamingo so now I am wondering how it will work for me. I can book the Sunday through Thursday night there with the group rate Diva worked out but with resort fees and taxes it would be about $550 but Cassandra is getting there the Thursday before so I would also need 3 more nights including a Friday and Saturday so it will be a little more expensive this year.

Well a little later another girl showed up and her and Cassandra played some pool. Now it is funny as in one of my previous blogs I also put another girl showed up and one of our members e-mailed me her name thinking I forgot which was nice but I write this blog for me and my outings. I only put pictures in it of me or of people who say they don’t mind if I use their picture and the same goes for their name. I do have a friend who has asked me not to use her name or pictures and I have to respect that. Her and her girlfriend use to come out with us all the time, she still comes out pretty regular but her girlfriend only comes out rarely now as they moved outside Portland so it is a little farther. She just does not like her picture or name on the internet and that is fine.

As it got close to 9 it got busier and a party bus pulled up and about 20 people got off all in Christmas outfits, I think they are part of the Santa Con that is going on. They go from bar to bar on a bar crawl and they all dress up in Christmas outfits, it really is cute. Well at 9 karaoke started and it got loud and that was it for Cassandra so she called it a night but it was great to see her again. I really do hope she starts coming out more. Now one of the ladies I met her named Cynthia came over and sat with us for a while and talked with us. She is really nice, as I said I have met some really nice people here. Lynn went up and sang a couple times and even got Jan to go up and sing a duet with her, the song Baby it’s cold outside and they did great. There were actually several Christmas songs tonight which was nice as I love Christmas music.

Just before 10 Lauri showed up and it was good to see her as she has missed the last several, she is usually one I can always count on to be here, so we had 7 of us here tonight. It was fun to sing along with the songs. Now as with all thing it must come to an end, I stayed till about 11:30 before paying my bill and calling it a night.

Thanks for reading and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what I am doing now.

Just a quick update, Sunday night I decided to check rates at the Flamingo and they had a 20% off sale on rooms so I put in the dates Cassandra booked for March 26th to April 3rd and it was a little over $1188 for those 8 nights. Now I have players cards at all the casinos and I always encourage people who go to Las Vegas to get them as you usually get some discounts, usually discount meals or such. Anyway, I decided to login with my card and check the same dates and using my card I was able to book the same 8 nights for $600.98 taxes and fees included, the funny thing is the rooms charge are $250, Resort fees are $280 and the rest are taxes. I really hate the resort fees as I look at it as a way to hide your total cost, how cane fees be more than the rooms. I also checked Four Queens just to compare and I really do like the Four Queens, but it was little over $550 to stay there also for the same 8 days so it really is not that much more at the Flamingo with my players card. If you go to Las Vegas get the players cards. I am looking forward to Diva Las Vegas and hope to see some of you there.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone

December 24, 2019 Posted by | Escape Bar & Grill | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday night dinner at Mama Mia Trattoria

It is Wednesday and I can once again start going out again although the next two weeks Wednesdays are Christmas Day and New Years Day so this will be our last Wednesday night dinner of 2019 so I was really looking forward to it. We are going to Mama Mia Trattoria downtown. The group has gone here before a couple times but this will be my first time and I really do like going to new places. Melissa had made reservations for 7. I got home a little earlier so I had time tonight to take my time and enjoy getting ready, there is just something so relaxing about transforming myself. I got downtown about 6:45 and found a parking spot about a block away. It still amazes me how easily I get out of the car now without even really thinking about it.

I got to Mama Mia a little before 7 and they were not busy and Melissa and Danika were already there. We sat and talked as we waited for others to show up. I did take the opportunity to get a quick selfie. It wasn’t long and Barb and another girl showed up and finally Jeanie and her girlfriend Amy so we had 7 of us tonight. We talked for a little bit before we ordered dinner. I of course got the Chicken Parmesan, one of my favorites. Now this is more of a mid-priced place mostly between $20 & $30 but the portions are bigger. We all talked for a while and the big topic was Melissa as she came out to her Mom over the weekend and we were all interested. Well it went really well so we were all happy for that. Then the topic turned to Christmas and New Years and everyone’s plans for the Holidays as this will be the last time, we see each other probably till next year as some are going out of town. I of course will be going to the Escape on Saturday but the girls that come out on Wednesday nights don’t get out very often on the weekends. It is funny as when I first started going out the big night was Friday and now, I don’t think anyone goes out on Fridays. And although we can get some big turnouts on Saturday nights, they can also be very small. Our Wednesday night dinners seem to be our most consistent for turnouts, usually 6 to 10. Who would have thought that years ago that just going to a restaurant for dinner mid-week would turn into our best event?

Our food came and it was really good and again our waiter was really nice and treated us wonderful. It really is nice we can go any place we want and we really do get treated well. We had a wonderful dinner and great conversation and just enjoyed being out as a group. Now as I said they were not busy so after we ate, we just sat and talked. It turns out Danika, Jeanie and Amy all lived in the same city in Northern California. Our waiter came to see if we wanted dessert and of course we all did but we were all good and passed tonight as with the Holidays we will all be eating a lot of sweets and today at work several people brought in cookie trays and fudge trays and I had to be polite and eat some so I really didn’t want any tonight. I really am trying to limit my sugar intake and eat a little healthier. Any way we all passed and just kept talking till 9 as that is when they close. Now they don’t just kick you out as they have to clean up but we didn’t want to keep them from cleaning up so we all paid our bills and we were on our way.

We all said our goodbyes as we left. Now Barb, Danika and I all parked a block a way in the same direction so we all walked together talking. Just 3 ladies walking down the street. We were all on different corners of the intersection so we all went our separate ways. It is always sad to see these evenings come to an end but with the holidays it will be at least 3 weeks till our next Wednesday night dinner and that makes it especially tough as I really do miss my friends when I don’t get to see them.

It was about 9:45 when I got home and cleaned up and washed all traces of Susan away before bed. N ow I will look forward to Saturday night at the Escape and I really do need to start going to Starbucks again. Probably won’t happen before Christmas but that will be one of my New Years resolutions. Thanks for reading and be sure and read my most recent blog to see what Susan is doing now.

Just in case I am slow in getting my next Blog out I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New
Year.

December 22, 2019 Posted by | Dinner out | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Saturday night at the Escape December 14th

Well once again I am a week behind on my blog. I started getting ready early as I wanted to get out a little earlier as I can’t stay out to late tonight. I got to the Escape about 5:30 and went in and got my normal table and ordered some food and sat down and wrote my blog from Friday night, we had our Christmas dinner at Jakes Grill. Now I posted in the group I would be here but no one replied so it could be a quiet night although I know Nicole will be here.

It was about 6 when Nicole showed up it was good to see here again, she was out to dinner with us last night at Jakes, she is in town for the weekend. Now it was early and still quiet as it was not busy and no one was playing music so it was easy to sit and talk. Now we got talking about our blogs, Nicole started one when she started going out although hers is private and that is okay. I really think everyone should do a blog, keep it private if you want but it is nice to have a record of what you do or things that are important in your life that you can look back on. Now we both document our times out as it is a way to tell how many times we have gone out. Nicole has been out over 100 times this year so that got me looking at my stats and I also have been out over 100 times this year of course I did Diva Las Vegas so that was 12 days in a row. It is interesting as this will be my second-best year for going out. My best year was 2016 and I am so close to that year but just don’t think I can beat it this year but I should be close. I thought I would post a picture of my stats. In 2016 I had 135 blogs and this year it should be about 130. If you don’t keep a blog (diary) you really should as you can see what you did and what you wore and there are lots of sights that offer free blogs, I like WordPress but find one you like.

It wasn’t long and Michele also showed up so there were 3 of us and that would be all of us tonight but we had a nice time just sitting and talking. I did get a selfie while out tonight. It started getting busy about 8:30 and by the time Karaoke started it was pretty busy and of course it got loud now so it was hard to talk but we still had a good time. Now it is fun to listen to the people sing although there were no Christmas songs tonight which was a little disappointing. I did sing along with some of the songs but never got up to sing tonight as I only do that with someone else.

It was after 10 when we called it a night. Nicole left and I went and paid my bill. As I was paying my bill Melissa came in, she is a lady I met here a while back and usually she comes in with her Husband but tonight she was here with a couple friends so we talked a while before I left. I really have met some wonderful people out as Susan and I am thankful for all of them. It was almost 11 when I got home, a little later than I had planned but it was a fun night.

Thanks for reading and be sure to read my most resent blog to see what I am doing now.

December 21, 2019 Posted by | Escape Bar & Grill | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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