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In honor of VBS ending, we went out Saturday night. Tony and I are, financially, very conservative people. We scrimp and save, we agonize over anything that costs more than $4, and we “make do” with a lot of things.

Squeeze it!We don’t have cable.

We generally take vacations only to places where we can stay with folks we know, use frequent guest dividends at hotels, or as part of a job mandated conference or junket.

We live for the $0.99 movie theater, and the $1.50 video rentals. We pack picnics.

In short, we can pinch a penny till Lincoln screams.

So, a great big splurge on Saturday night was out of character for us. But what is a blog for if not to tell the world about our eccentricities? Tony, Bambi and I went down to the Atlanta Hilton for dinner at Trader Vic’s and to see a show called the Kung Fu Hustle, featuring the Dames Aflame Dancers. Bambi and I had gone down to Vic’s about a week before, as we were getting ready for the It’s Everybody’s Birthday Luau, and we needed some Mai Tai ingredients, which Trader Vic’s sells at the bar. It was a tough job, going down to the basement of the Hilton to have a drink and acquire supplies, but we struggled through somehow. I thought the place was like going into DISNEYLAND. Walls covered in bamboo, tiki art and dead sea creatures create a euphoric effect in my brain for some reason. The place just tickles me. ANYWAY, as we munched on our little pu-pus and other tidbits, we saw that the following Saturday would host the Hustle. It was a CARE International benefit supporting relief efforts in China and Myanmar. I like Philanthropic events and I like the Dames Aflame, and, as I’ve already said, I love Trader Vic’s. It sounded like a win-win to me, especially as it was situated right there at the end of VBS week, where one would surely need a strong fruity girl drink. So, we made a dinner reservation for Saturday night. (BTW – IF you came for dinner, there was no cover charge for the show. See – even in extravagance, I can be thrifty!)

Let me back up and tell you about the Dames Aflame. Tony and I first saw the Dames about 5 years ago. Friends of mine said we had to go see this burlesque show. So we trudged into a less than savory neighborhood to a building that had, at one point, been a church recreation hall. It may have been the hottest night of the year, and, no, the old cafetorium did NOT have A/C. There was some added weirdness that you got a tamale or something with your wee admission price. Despite the remoteness of the location, the bizarre ticket combo and sweltering temps, the Dames ROCKED. There was comedy, nudity, acrobatics, and a small “big band” called Kingsized that was a real joy to listen to. It was a miserable, wonderful night! I still have the paper fan with the Dames logo on it up on a bookshelf.

So, back to Saturday, we get to Trader Vic’s and go in. We were a little disappointed that we couldn’t sit where we could see the bar, where the Dames and Tongo Hiti were setting up. Alas, nothing could be done. We sat in the garden room and started perusing the drink menu. They have it all. Tony got a pink drink that was yummy, Bambi got a tall drink that was STRONG. I got a club soda. Guess who was driving?

We ordered a side of tempura onion rings as an appetizer, and that was a good choice. We also got an order of the smoked BBQ ribs, which was also nice. The sauces a Vic’s in my opinion, don’t go well with the dishes they come with. I recommend you experiment with asking for other sauces and mix things up. Let’s see… Tony got the smoked Sea Scallops and a crab cake. He snarffed down the crab cake, but he let me take a nibble of the scallops – YUM. Bambi had the lamb curry. This is a very British curry, and I like my curry Thai style, but the presentation was really nice. I went for an a la carte approach to my dinner. I ordered the Bongo Bongo soup (think creamed spinach and oysters), and two sides: 5 Mushroom Fried Rice and the BBQ roasted vegetables. By far, the best thing on the menu is the BBQ Roasted Veggies. The were OUTSTANDING! The smoky flavor lingers long after the meal. For sure.

The only complaint I have is about the bill. I don’t mind paying good money for great food, great service and a wonderful atmosphere. I do mind being charged for club soda. THREE. TIMES! The waitress filled my glass of club soda three times and charged me for it. What’s that? Most places don’t charge you for club soda at all. If they do, almost everyone charges it like a Coke – buy once and free refill, a concept that I am fine with. But, come on, Vic, we dropped more than a C-note here tonight! Cut me some slack on the bev. Okay? Let’s just say that little “up-charge” was deducted directly from the tip. Hear me now, waiters of the world, club soda is NOT a mixed drink, even when you put a lime wedge in it. Stop billing like it is.

On to the bar area and the show. I really liked it. Not too loud. Great dancing from the Dames Aflame a Go-Go. Loved the panda playing the vibraphone and steel drum. The monkey freaked me out a little. I would recommend this show to everyone. The girls do keep their clothes on in the early hours of the show, which ran from 8 to midnight, so it starts out family friendly. We left about 10:30 so we could get back to out babysitter. I love Trader Vic’s. Do check it out. Don’t get hustled on the club soda. Give to Care International.

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BIG backyard, yo!It’s been a doozy of a week at Lake Kirkplatz.  I’ve been the director of our church’s Vacation Bible School: God’s Big Backyard.

Full is one word to describe it.

Fast is another.

Oh, heck, let’s just make a list of words to sum up VBS:

  • Loud.
  • Exciting.
  • Musical.
  • Active.
  • Cute.
  • Draining.
  • Welcoming.
  • Enlightening.

And did I say fast???  Did I mention I carried Saralyn on my back?  I felt like Pocahontas!

Most of the kids were just great.  The 2-4 year-olds were tops in my books.  They are so much easier to work with than the 11 and 12 year-olds, who are just too cool for bible school.  The 8-10 year-olds still enjoy the music and stories and crafts and are old enough to not need constant nose wiping (or the other end…).  Just about everyone pitched in the extra effort to make VBS just over the top.

We had 40 slots for kids this year.  I was feeling optimistic, as last year they had only about 32 or thereabouts.   However, we had the added draw of toddler sessions, which no other church does.  About 2- weeks before VBS, I barely had 20 kids.  A week before I had 31registered and on the morning of VBS, I had to turn one child away.  2 of the children who preregistered did not show up, and I gave away their slots by 9:30 the first morning. And I found a place for the toddler I turned away on day 2.    So on day two, I had a true full house.  16 toddlers.

In case you were wondering how it was that I could accommodate toddlers at VBS when so many other churches won’t, here’s the rule:  If your child is potty trained, but has not yet gone to kindergarten, a parent must volunteer to assist the toddler group on one of the five VBS days.  IF you child is over the age of two and is wearing diapers, a parent MUST accompany the child on all five days.  Of the 16 toddlers we had, three were in diapers.  One was mine, and my husband took vacation this week to be Eleanor’s helper.  How about that?!?!  We can talk about how cool my husband is and how he’s the best guy in the world, but that’s another post.  I will tell you that his reward is a big date tomorrow night.  We’re going to Trader Vic’s.  And yes, I want to order a Pina Colada (Ahwooo… Werewolves of London…).  And, that will be another post…  Any road, most of the toddler parents did come by to give a day’s service, and most seemed to have a great time.  However, my double – super secret plan was to get the parents inside our church for a day to meet other parents and church members.  I wanted them to see what great folks we are and what a great community we have to offer to their kids.  We will see on Sunday if any of the parents and kids come to the outdoor service and picnic.  You’re invited, too, you know.  Just let me know you are coming so I can get a burger ready for you.  K?

Different community service people came to visit the kids.  On Monday we had a nurse.  Tuesday, a librarian. Wednesday, it was the firemen (they brought a truck and let the kids try on the fire suits!).  Thursday provided a motorcycle cop and another office with a squad car.  On Friday, our pastor took a turn.  I teased Pastor Ed that, after the fire truck and the police Harley, he would have to produce Jesus Himself to wow the kids more!  He really is a trooper!  Also, we collected canned food for the local coop this week as well and we got a TON of food.  Literally.  The kids really came through (the pantry like a storm of locusts!).  The final sing and dancing show was super cute.  I hope to get some pictures up at some point.

Some kids brought friends with them at the end, 3 or 4 children dropped out because they got sick (there was a chicken pox scare for a day or two), and some older siblings came to help out as group leaders and volunteers.  All in all I had about 45 -50 kids come through our church.

Sadly, Vacation Bible School sometimes becomes a dumping ground for kids during the summer.  Several of the kids that come through our program will be attending 3 or 4 VBS’s this year.  From a parent’s perspective, it’s free daycare.  From our perspective, we get to share the GOOD NEWS with a group of kids who might otherwise note get the memo.  Financially, it’s a dog.  I decided before this years VBS, that we wouldn’t do a daytime program next year.  I think that an evening, Family VBS would serve our existing congregation better.  Now, I am not so sure.  Despite the great expense, I think VBS turned out great, and it make a lot of children happy.  I will have to think on what to do next time.

But till then, Pina Coladas….

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