Yesterday evening Travalon and I grabbed a picnic table right by the water’s edge at the Union Terrace for Rodney’s Sweet Sixteenth birthday party. Soon we were joined by Luxuli and OK Cap, who had run into each other near the brat stand, and eventually our numbers swelled to include the Single B-Boy, Jilly Moose, Prairie Man, and Richard Bonomo. We all got dinner there, but quite a wide variety: fish tacos, brats, cheeseburgers, and a chicken salad were among the choices. Prairie Man had a vegetarian selection, I believe a black bean burger. A lot of us got the Union’s delicious corn on the cob too, and of course there were the libations, including summer shandies and a pitcher of sangria courtesy of Luxuli. I brought chocolate-peanut butter cupcakes for dessert, and Travalon brought doggie treats for the two canine attendees, the birthday boy and Michaela. It was a beautiful evening with perfect weather, and at first a bluegrass band was playing some wonderful background music, but later there was an open mic with bands of varying degrees of competence taking the stage. Their degree of competence seemed to be inversely proportional to their degree of volume. Otherwise, it was a perfect way to celebrate Rodney’s birthday. Here’s to many more in his future!