“Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts out excellent.” ~ Unknown
I had a great day and it wasn’t even my birthday. But it was Annie Bassoni’s birthday and she gathered a ton of friends at The Burl Arcade. The plan was hatched last week over Cards Against Humanity and today she pulled it off. Many of us arrived not long after they opened, and before long, the place was a sea of middle aged women playing vintage pinball and arcade games like Tetrus and Pac Man. My favorite of all, though, was the wall of TVs. If the rest of the place had been crap, which it wasn’t, I would have been thrilled with the TVs. They were also hooked up to vintage games (you can see the player near Reinette’s right hand). To top the day, Stacy, Reinette, Kathy, and I headed to Ranada’s Bistro + Bar, a relatively new restaurant where Wines on Vine used to be on Old Vine Street (Ranada was the original owner of Lexington Diner). There, I proceeded to have the best cheeseburger I’ve ever eaten in my life bar none. It’s called the Bourbon Bacon Burger (1/3 lb burger, Bulleit Bourbon BBQ, house made bacon jam, habanero jack, fried Shufflebean Coffee dusted onion straws, toasted brioche bun). I don’t like Bourbon (slightly sacrilege in Kentucky, but there you have it) or bacon on hamburgers, but it didn’t matter. This thing was good enough to make ya wanna slap yer granny three times over. So, for today, there was a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, a lot of talks, a lot of hugs, a lot of great food, and a whole lot of what the doctor ordered. There will be many more photos to come. A few might even include the birthday girl. Happy Birthday, Annie! You sure know how to throw a party.