Spacebee and I headed down Illinois-way for a surprise birthday extravadanza for Spacebee’s Mom. It was a fun time all around, but the highlight was kinda-sorta an accident.
It was a surprise that spacebee and I would attend, so we had to be kept under lock and key until the party on Saturday night. As such I demanded to go play golf with my future Brother-in-Law on Saturday morning. After an early deluge of rain we headed out Cedar Dell for some country golfin’ action. I played, literally, my worst game of the year and lost $8 to my opponent (almost the max I could lose.)
After a few drinks at the club house we headed to another country tavern so that I could sample the Best Burger in Town. It was, as advertised, delicious.
Finally, as we moseyed back to the house my ever-alert passenger mentioned in passing, “you realize we’re close to Stoney’s, don’t you?” Stoney’s is the greatest bar in Illinois, and high in the running for Best Bar Worldwide (though it would never top the Main Depot.) Stoney’s is 1/2 liquor store and 1/2 bar. There are two dart boards and Golden Tee classic. Enough said.
So we stopped in for one (Just One!) and chatted with the bartender and other patron (singular). Just as we were finishing our drinks my partner sputtered a little bit of drink and said “Quince!” (the bartenders name was Quincy. I swear.) “Quince!” he said, “lemme get the shake of the day.” He plopped a dollar on the bar and rolled for shit. He passed me the dice cup and said “Zach, you’re up.” The next things all happened simultaneously:
- The other patron said “I hope you win but not before I roll.”
- With one hand I produced a $5 bill and told Quince that I’d need change
- With the other hand I tipped the cup and rolled five 3’s, the result of which was that…
- …I won $1000
After that there was lots of running around, yelling, high-fives, and congratulatory High Life’s. Also: lots of reminiscing about previous winners and the circumstances of the wins. Also: drinking.
Well, I used up my dice-based luck for the next decade– what did you guys do this weekend?