We tried, that is all I can say about it!
Caroline and Laura came over for dinner and we had a wonderful time. Up until the police were called.
No, really, the police came!!
I fixed something that is my "fall-back" dinner. I keep some frozen shrimp in the freezer, and when I have those days that I don't think about dinner until dinner time (hello?!?!?), I boil some linguini. While it is cooking, I heat olive oil, briefly sauté some minced garlic, then fill the pan with whatever is on hand and sounds good. Tonight was marinated artichoke hearts, olives (both black and Spanish), marinated mushrooms, and shrimp. After this sautés for 5 minutes or so, I throw in the linguini and let it cook on low while stirring just 4-5 minutes. Absolutely wonderful. Add a salad and some freshly grated parmesan cheese and .... ahhhhhhh!
Here's the rub. Caroline wasn't drinking because of her root canal yesterday, but Laura and I polished off a bottle of wine by dinner time. We had another with dinner. Then we adjourned to the deck and opened a 3rd bottle. We were having a wonderful time, talking as animatedly as three women can. Suddenly we were stopped short when there was a HUGE explosion, and we saw a cloud of smoke in front of Caroline and Laura's house! My dogs, all thunderstruck, pleaded to go into the house. The three of us were agog. Caroline decided to call the police to be sure that it was safe for them to go home. We are next door neighbors, but since I'm on a corner lot, their house is also around the corner from me. Got that? OK.
Before the police arrived we began to realize that it was probably nothing terrible. The smoke began to clear and there was no further eruption. We ventured out to see what was going on, and we found that there was an odor of gunpowder coming from the storm sewer near the front on their house. We waited for the police to come at their house because Caroline had given them that address. However, since she used my phone and also gave them my information, they showed up . . . yes! at my house. We found them walking around my house shining flashlights in my windows! My dogs were in the house barking their heads off at those intruders with the flashlights!!
The officers were delightful young men who checked the area out and decided that it was probably kids who tossed an M80 down the sewer drain. Caroline seemed almost disappointed when the officers minimized the probable serious problem with an M80 going into the storm sewer. I think she thot it ould cause more serious problems. The officers walked me home and saw me into the house before leaving. and they emphasized that they would rather make a run like this with no problem than take a call to a serious situation. As we walked away Caroline and Laura called out their thanks for dinner, and the officers asked what we had for dinner. I told them and they both said it sounded better than the bratwursts they had for dinner. They didn't, however, accept the offer of the left overs to take with them!!
I’m just letting you know ... invite Laura and Caroline and be prepared for excitement!! I'm serious, you've been warned!!