We went to a party last night at a nearby marina where some friends keep their boat. There were lots of great boat decorations and great food. We had clam chowder, gumbo, chicken balls (!), crab dip and some assorted other snacks. Boat people are generally good cooks from what I've seen.
Sadly, on Saturday morning, a fatality occurred on the bridge I wrote about earlier. This time it was a drunk driver who rammed a car from behind causing it to skid out of control, hit the barricade and burst into flames. The driver died from burns and other injuries. The drunken 32 year old behind the wheel had minor injuries and is charged with felony DUI.
Now one life is gone and several others ruined. Maybe some of the sobriety checkpoints will be a deterrent. I know that it's good to get off the roads fairly early before the bars close. This accident happened at 4 AM so it must have been a very late party.
Most if the parties we go to have booze, but people seem to not be overdoing it. We don't stay more than a couple of hours. I guess we have become old farts when it comes to parties.
Someone asked me the other night what happened to the old days when we used to hang out. I said, "Well, we got older." I could add that the old days were pretty crazy and after a while the late night parties ceased to be fun for me. Then the drinking moved to our house and that line got crossed from a few glasses of wine to drinking alcoholically. Now there is another chapter in which drinking is no longer the center of our world.
To say that I am grateful is an understatement. We are together, things are good, and life seems filled with healthy promises. What a gift.