Howard: Well, I love birthdays: waking up to mom’s special French Toast breakfast, wearing the birthday king crown, playing laser tag with all my friends… Penny: Yeah! See? That’s what kids should have! Howard: Actually, that was last year…-The Big Bang Theory
Saturday was the long awaited laser tag birthday party for Match. We went out to our favorite Vietnamese restaurant and chowed on delicious food and then headed over to Q-zar for laser tag. We were really early, so we wandered around downtown. This is a town over from where we live, and I had no idea the downtown area was so pretty.
We found a little pub nearby and had a couple of beers and listened to a guitar duo sing Johnny Cash covers. We fell in love with the pub instantly.
(Notice I chopped my hair off? Got it cut that day, she took 4 inches off! I love it)
After our beers it was finally time for laser tag. We met two other couples, Good Couple and another recruit friend of Match’s and his wife. It was our first time meeting that recruit’s wife and she was really sweet. As soon as I get to know her I’ll come up with a nickname.
We headed into the laser briefing room where a goofy teenager told us all about the rules of laser tag. Good Girl and I cracked up over how many times he said “But-um”. He obliged my picture taking obsession and took a group shot of us. It didn’t turn out as cool as we’d hoped since we were glowing in the black light.
Laser tag was super fun…until the other team started cheating and using really dirty tactics. They were a bunch of teenagers and then a few really little kids. The little kids ran at us, covering up their laser signals so we couldn’t shoot them. Then one girl not only touched me with her gun, but shoved me a couple of feet. I was like, “what the heck, you’re not supposed to touch me!” Then she actually got in my face and yelled, “What did you just say to me?” I was stunned. I mean, here we are trying to play a fun game and this little teeny bopper wanna be gang banger was giving me attitude! I started laughing and said, “It’s just laser tag, I was just trying to have fun. Don’t shove me!” Then she sassed me some more and I may have called her a little bitch as I walked away. I said may. 😉 I tried to avoid her but I ran into her a few more times and took note of her number and reported her later to the laser tag employee.
That kind of knocked the wind out of my sails, and then I noticed the rest of our team wasn’t having that much fun either. They were all dealing with equally rude players and we were all a bit discouraged. We were pretty surprised to find out that even though they all cheated, we beat them! We decided that laser tag would have been much more fun if we’d played against our friends. Next time I think it’d be worth it to rent the whole arena out and just play against each other.
We agreed that after that experience, we needed to get a few beers. We headed back to the little pub we’d found and the live music was going strong. There was an adorable little old lady dancing around. We found a couple of big tables in the back and ordered a pitcher of beer. I love that even though Good Couple doesn’t drink, they didn’t mind hanging out at the pub.
Sassy Couple and a few other recruits showed up to hang out. Sassy Guy was ridiculously drunk and made a classic entrance, dancing into the back of the pub and cracking us all up. Sassy Girl and I chatted it up and laughed at Sassy’s antics. At one point he got up and danced with the little old lady by the band. The whole bar was clapping along and laughing.
Match was beaming the entire night and told me later he couldn’t have had a better birthday. I love that these recruits have become like brothers to him and that they all get along so well. I’m also so grateful that I get along so well with the wives of the other recruits. I feel like these friends are going to be like family to us. We’re all in the same boat and it’s nice to have such good company.