BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,
BTRIPP
btripp

Well ...

So, was down at Hazelden tonight for what has become my regular Saturday meeting ... the middle of three meetings they do on Saturday evenings (sometimes I do all three). Ended up going out to "fellowship" with some regulars, plus one guy who's in town for a convention. We ended up over at the Tempo cafe on State (just a few blocks south of my old home), which has a pretty awesome special on Saturday nights, their Greek Chicken dinner for just $10.95 ... one of the regulars has ordered this before, and it looked good. Previously when I'd been over there, I'd either been full (having hit my Chinese place for a late lunch), or feeling particularly broke. This time I hadn't really eaten, so was interested in getting something other than just a cup of coffee, so I ordered the special.

This place is a "greek diner", so the (half) Greek Chicken is predictably tasty, and it comes with a big Greek Salad to start, seasoned rice with the chicken, and a potato side, either baked, mashed, fries, or hashbrowns (I had the fries), plus rice pudding for dessert. With tax and tip it was just twice what my typical lunch runs (with tax and tip), so it wasn't too guilt-inducing ... plus I wasn't able to finish it all, so have brought home about half the salad, and the chicken breast.

It's been SO damn long since I've had any sort of regular income that I'm "gun shy" about eating out other than my very cheap Chinese outings a couple of times a week. I've had years of "mixed messages" from The Wife ... we're broke, everything's going to be lost, we're needing more income, etc. on one hand, and "oh, you should go out for the networking" on the other. I hate feeling like I'm the hole in the bucket, so tend to eat a lot of dollar store stuff when I'm not going out, which is certainly cheaper than the stuff that she gets for her and Daughter No.2 ... but it's hard to balance that with the possibility of spending a substantial amount were I to take up every "fellowship" opportunity.

Yep, dinner was good, but it still Sucks To Be Me. :-(


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