December 21st, 2005

surya

Meetings and Zoos

Last night, I was out to meet mmefrufru for dinner. I managed to get out of the office and head up to Molly Woo's pretty early, so I had a wander around the mall. I checked on a few stores, including one called "What On Earth", which has all sorts of cool, weird stuff, and was having a 20% off everything sale.

On my way through the ground floor, though, I passed several of those booths that are set up seasonally in the mall's main corridors, the ones with the usually annoying salespeople and fascinating yet useless electronic toys and baubbles. I was wandering slowly through the mall, gazing at the windows of the stores, and thinking to myself, "My, it's lovely to not have a girlfriend this time of year!" It was dawning on me, as I walked through the most expensive and posh mall in Columbus (the name of the mall is "The Polaris Fashion Place", which should tell you something), that I didn't have the time, money, or inclination to be forced to purchase something because I was in a relationship with someone. And that's when I heard the sweet voice behind me.

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I finished my curcuit of the mall, and hung out near the doors to Molly Woo's. I sat there for about ten or fifteen minutes, waiting for mmefrufru and her friends to show up, watching the pretty (and, generally speaking, underdressed) women bustle in and out of the cold.

The girls showed up about five minutes late, mmefrufru producing a small gift certificate for me and giving me a hug. We trundled into Molly Woo's and sat down, where I got to catch up on various aspects of mmefrufru's life and times (always spectacular and entertaining). We ate, laughed, and managed to cut the bill down a tad after some shuffling and some mental arithmetic.

After that, it was off to the Columbus Zoo. One of the girls got dropped off at a Bible study and didn't go with, so it was just three of us. We all got in free, mmefrufru because I had an extra person on my Zoo membership card, and the guys in front of us in line had an extra ticket that they weren't going to use. We also managed to avoid paying for parking.

We saw every animal who was out that cold night (not many were, but a select few managed to brave the cold). We spent about two hours at the Zoo, and then went our separate ways.

All in all, a good night.