I didn’t take any pictures at dinner. Probably because I was so irritated by the place we went. We had 5:30 reservations, but we weren’t given a damn table until 6:20! Now, I love Chi Tung, and I know they’re always BUSY, but we tried to plan ahead here. First off, we actually made a reservation!! And, we made it much earlier than we thought we needed it, just in case it was a little busy. But, come on! 50 minutes behind in seating?! That’s just ridiculous.
Like I said, we sat in their new hibachi grill section. Things did not progress smoothly from there. I really didn’t want this to be one of my usually bitchy posts (because I really did have a wonderful night!) so suffice it to say, we ended up with a $50 credit toward our bill after speaking to the manager. And, the boys had a great time, despite how cranky their moms were getting.
Here’s The Crew. Naturally, my own child is the only one not looking at me! Oy!
As soon as we arrived, we got in line to take our “professional” picture. We did it last year, too, but now I have no idea where it is. :( This year, because it was the 25th Anniversary of the Mother/Son Dance at Stud’s school, each mom was given a pretty silver frame to put the picture in, which was a delightful surprise! Too bad the picture looks like CRAP!!! I think I just may have to blow-up on of the less-nasty pictures we took ourselves at the dance and put that in the frame.
We had already been dancing for a while here, hence the shiny/sweaty mess, but this is probably the only half-way decent picture of us from the night. And, Stud isn’t really smiling. Ok, so it’s the only half-way decent picture of ME!
The dance was scheduled from 7:30-10:30, but whoever planned the bowling thing scheduled it from 10-12. (huh!?) So, about 10:10ish, we were trying to figure out if we should leave early and head over to the bowling thing. Well, when I asked Stud if he was ready to go, he said, “Aw, I just requested a song.” So, we decided to wait until the DJ played it. Ok, cool, we all went out and danced some more. A couple of songs played, and each time a new song started, the boys all stood in eager anticipation of Stud’s song. But, he kept saying, “No, that’s not it.” So I asked him what song he requested, but he said it was a surprise. Then Bestest Buddy’s mom asked if it was a song for the boys, and Stud said no, and tried to “secretly” point to me. Well, then they decided we really had to stay until the end.
Suddenly, Brown Eyed Girl started playing, and I, of course, started gushing, thinking that was the song. (CSJ always would request it for me, and/or sing it to me back in the day.) But, when I started to thank Stud, he said it wasn’t the song. Hmmm…now I was really curious as to what the song was. We just kept dancing. A couple of other songs played, and just when we were about to call it quits, I heard it. It was like “Name That Tune.” As soon as I heard the first 2 beats, I knew. My baby had requested one of my ALL TIME favorite songs….Superstition! I LOVE that song!! It was so cute! I really, really was touched. It was absolutely the highlight of my entire evening. Then we danced our behinds off. Again, I wish I had video. Stud kept spinning me around like a top. I seriously thought I was going to pass out! Here’s a little taste…
As we were getting our coats to leave, after “my song” of course, the DJ started playing a merengue. Let me say it one more time…I wish I could have videoed this!! Watching these 4 try to merengue had me on the floor!
Then, the other 3 and their moms left to head over to the bowling alley, and Stud wanted to stay and dance with me. How cute is he!!? When he was very young, I taught him to salsa, along with a few other Latin dances I learned while taking lessons at a studio downtown. He always loved it. As a matter of fact, at some school party when he was, I think, in the 3rd grade, he taught his principal and some of his teachers to salsa. How funny is that?
The evening was kinda sandwiched in cluster-fucky-ness, we realized, once we got to the bowling alley. I still don’t want this to turn into a bitchfest, so I’ll just say the event was NOT organized very well, and the pizza that was promised on the sign-up sheet was not to be had. The boys were fine with it, especially since we had less than an hour to bowl two games (we ended up only getting about 2 frames into the second game) and they still had a great time.
After bowling, I invited the whole gang back to our house, but the moms were tired (it was past midnight, after all) so everyone just left. Stud and I stopped for gas, then went to our favorite 24 hour Greek restaurant and had some breakfast. By the time we walked in the door, it was about a quarter to 2 in the morning, and yet, I still felt like this:
It was a wonderful evening! I can’t wait to do it again next year!
*Just for shits and giggles, here's my favorite Stevie Wonder song evah! You're welcome! :)
**In case you have no life, or are suffering from insomnia and need a cure, here's the link to the whole album of photos.