- We went to the Ox and Rabbit on Ninth Street in Durham, to peruse their gifts, and get a soda at their hipster soda fountain. I chose the Coca-Cola with lime flavoring, and my wife chose the Raspberry soda with lime. The 93 degree heat, the very welcoming staff, and the wonderful drinks made this a refreshing first stop.
- We then went up the street to the Center for Documentary Studies, an outpost of Duke University. I once showed some photographs here, and would desperately like ti do so again, so I love to stop by and see what is on display. We were treated to a Community Art Project honoring Pauli Murray.
- We headed toward downtown, and stopped into the new Somerhill Gallery, at the Venable Center. This gallery had been in Chapel Hill for many years, and is now in an awesome space downtown, to take part, or maybe jump start the burgeoning arts scene in Durham.
- We then intersected downtown, and tried to stop in on Branch Gallery, the one art gallery in North Carolina that gives me the feeling I get when I walk into an art gallery in New York, or Boston, or Chicago or Seattle. Unfortunately, North Carolina is rubbing off, as there was a sign that stated “be back in 20 minutes.”
- So, we walked down the street to the TROSA furniture store, a used furniture store on Foster St. The only thing that stopped us from buying something is our complete lack of need for furniture. The people, and the furniture were great. If you have a need in Durham, run, don’t walk.
- Then, this being about 4:30 pm, I was reminded by date’s past when my wife announced she needed a “snack”, which to her means damn near a meal (I am not trying to be funny here, she just eats a lot, despite her trim frame). So, upon the referral of a friend, we headed back to Ninth Street for tacos at Chubby’s Tacos. A great snack, and all I can say I am really not an expert at Mexican or Latin food, but I am guessing this is great stuff. I certainly liked it, and it seemed care, attention, and local ingredients were used, which is something lacking at many other Mexican restaurants in the area that seem to have the exact same combinations #1 – #30 on their menus.
- So, we have done this much in only 2 hours! So, we head back to Chapel Hill, off to our favorite, most consistent bar in Carrboro, Milltown, for a few beers to cool us off. Though only 2 other couples are in the whole place, we know both, so sat with them and conversed for the next few hours.
- Later, another couple arrive, and we eat supper with them at Milltown (Catfish Po’Boy is AWESOME!)
- Then, the night gets a bit blurry, as we and the other couple, our friends of many years, enjoy a beer or two at both The Station, and Orange County Social Club or OCSC. Speaking of blurry, here is a picture of my wife shooting pool.
We arrived home about midnight. Most dates I remember from way back when, you’d go out to eat and then a movie, or maybe to the bar for a drink, or maybe to see a rock show. But, when the total number of dates you can go on in a year is 12, we decided to do about 10 things. About 5 dates worth in one evening. I am not sure if we are awesome or just impatient.