A Night Out

It was a Night Out for the grown ups!

For my birthday, my parents gave me a night out that included Dinner and a live show at the Theater, so last night, the four of us went out!

The city I work for has a thriving artistic culture center, and it's attached to our "City Hall" (referred to as "The Civic Plaza"). Civic Plaza consists of the Police Department, City Hall (which consists of many departments), and the Bloomington Center for the Arts - all under one roof.

Dinner was my choice (well, between two different choices). The Olive Garden, or The Cheesecake Factory. Having never been there before, I selected The Cheesecake Factory. (Despite the Olive Garden's Zuppo Toscana being among my FAVORITE things to eat!)

Not being sure what to expect, I was delightfully surprised. I choose the Salisbury steak smothered in onions, mushrooms, and mushroom gravy - with garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans. Judging by the number of times the Mother of Five dipped her fork into my plate for a "taste", I was not the only one who thought it was delicious!

Arsenic-Logo-Web After dinner, we headed off the the Bloomington Center for the Arts, to see "Arsenic and Old Lace" (not sure how long this link will remain valid) being put on in the "Black Box Theater".

I have "heard of" Arsenic and Old Lace before, but I knew nothing of the story, nor have I seen the Cary Grant version of the movie either. I had only the most basic knowledge of the storyline.

The show was quite enjoyable, and the actors / actresses did an outstanding job. It was easy to get lost in the story, and feel like you were "right there" so much more so than seeing a movie.

Thanks Mom & Dad! Thanks for a great evening out! We both had a wonderful time! We will HAVE TO do that again sometime soon!


  1. Another thing we have in common, Zuppa is about the more perfect food ever made. :-)

    Glad you had a nice night out with the Mrs! Congrats!

  2. Happy =belated- Birthday.
    Did you try the Cheesecake? It's the best thing on the menu.
    I love Arsenic and Old Lace. It always makes me laugh myself silly. What a great family movie to watch for Halloween. I've never seen the play but Cary Grant and the entire cast did a great job in the movie.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful evening! Glad you had such a good time.

  4. Man I love adult nights out. The last time the wife and I had one of those, we went and had a nice dinner. And I enjoyed a tasty glass on wine on the wifes behalf, since she can't drink with the baby and all......

    Glad you had a good time out and about!

  5. GREG! Good hearing from you!! It's been a while... I keep checking back at Not About The Badge....

    Your last post was about the loss of a co-worker... So I have often wondered how you are doing...

    Glad to see you back my friend!!



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