Friday night I was supposed to meet up with Brenda and the kids at the Zoo. They have it decorated for Halloween. We are zoo-friends and usually go to the halloween and other specials pretty often.
Brenda was running behind, so rather than meeting her there, I drove home first. The weather was cold and rainy, so we decided en-route to go out to eat instead.
Plan B – The Cheese Cake Factory opened about a week and a half ago, so we figured if the wait was an hour or less we would go. Brenda and the kids had been trying to surprise me, because they had heard it was being built before I knew. I love the Cheese Cake Factory. I have eaten at several of them in California, one in Boston, and possibly one other. When I worked at Anheuser-Busch, it was a must to eat their whenever we were at the LA brewery. For me that was 6 months straight.
Anyway, while I circled the parking lot looking for a place to park, Brenda stood in line for 5 minutes to find out that the wait was 2 and half hours. I guess I’m not the only one in St. Louis who’s heard of the Cheese Cake Factory.
Plan C – mall food. Danielle had Chinese, and Justin and Allison had cheese pizza. Brenda and I split a Gyro and a Greek Salad. Big cookie for dessert. Not bad, but certainly not the Cheese Cake Factory. Note to self — have a better Plan C.
Saturday Morning, 9 am soccer game. Brenda is working all weekend, so I have the kids to myself. Damn it was cold. Mid day, the kids ask to go to the Zoo. Jim’s response – “We’ll see.” This is parent talk for “I doubt it but I don’t want to hear you whine about it and I’m hoping you’ll forget.”
Sunday Morning, 9:00 am:
Allison – Daddy can we go to the Zee Ohhh Ohhh. Additional Note to self: Spelling around 3, 4, and 6 year old no longer safe.
Danielle: Yeah can we go to the Zee Ohhh Ohhh. Mommy said…
Justin: Yeah Dad, can we go.
Jim thinking: Damn it, they didn’t forget and now I’m going to miss at least part, if not the entire first half of the Ram’s Game (turned out to be exactly half).
Jim on phone to Brenda: What time does the Zoo open– 9:00, ok, gotta go.
Jim to kids: Everybody get their close on. Tell me the ONE thing you want to see at the zoo.
Danielle: Everything, no Giraffes
Justin: Snake house
Allison: Everything, ok Monkey’s.
Jim (aka Daddy): I want to see the new hippo exibit.
3 hours with the kids at the Zoo in perfect weather was worth missing half the game, since it was 14 – 13 at the half anyway.
Highlights: The Cheetah’s where walking around, which was pretty cool (plus one of them pooped on a log). Got to see the new Hippo Harbor. We got to pet a snake at the children’s zoo. The halloween decorations were up so they got to go through 2 seperate mazes. No fighting or crying until the end (Alli was pretty worn out).
Question: Did I say Cheese Cake Factory enough times in the post so that someone searching Google for Cheese Cake Factory, St. Louis will find this Blog entry???