August 23, Diane's birthday
While staying at Cairo, NY in the Whip-o-will campground the group was privileged to help celebrate Diane's XLVIII th Birthday.(She doesn't want anyone to know how old she is.) While being quite a few years younger than the rest of the Trekies and missing out on many of the discounts offered to those of us who have reached senior status, she said she wouldn't have it any other way. I did see her with a Senior Discount ticket on our NY tour however.
We asked the unofficial mayor of the RV park (John), where there was a good place to have dinner. He obliged by rattling off about 5 that he liked to visit, so we picked the closest one and took a scouting trip over there one afternoon. It was, as it turned out, an excellent choice. It is very reminiscent of the Honey Bear Campground north of Gold Beach, Oregon. Diane and I talked to the Owner, an older gentlemen who spoke a combination of German and broken English, and asked to see a menu. It all looked good to us so we told him that there would be 8 of us for dinner that night. He told us not to come before 7 PM because that's when the waitress and hired help showed up. We could of course come earlier and drink beer if we so desired.
We arrived about 6:30 before the waitress showed up. ( we were warned.) The old gentleman tried to take our order, but after the third time gave up and asked us what we wanted to drink. Of course we opted for beer, and since it was a German establishment, German beer of his choosing.. He arrived with a couple of pitchers and a glass of wine for Diane. The beer was good and as we had quite a wait before the waitress showed up and took our order, didn't last long enough. We asked the waitress for another pitcher and she asked which of the German beers it was. Of course no one was able to remember, let alone pronounce it, so she picked up Juliann's glass and drank about half of it, and said we had made a good choice, and she would bring us another of the same kind. (Kind of like modern DNA tasting, I guess.)
Finally the Trekies all settled down to their meal of Sauerbraten (7) and an order of
Schnitzel for Don. Tony added potato salad and sauerkraut. Was a great meal and her birthday was duly celebrated. Bonnie requested that Gregory (the accordion player), lead us all in singing happy birthday. All in all, it was a great dinner, ranking right up there with Buzz's in Niagara Falls.