I had a blast this past weekend. I joined five girlfriends in Atlantic City to celebrate Lora’s birthday. It was so much fun in every way and, for me, speaks to the power of good friends. We’ve all been friends for 20+ years and have managed to stay together even though life has taken us in different directions. At one time, we were all hanging out and partying in NYC; a couple have moved away. Two are now married with children, but we were all Spinsterlicious this weekend!
We stayed at the Borgata Water Club, the fancy side of the Borgata Hotel. (We’re celebrating a birthday. We want fancy!) It’s beautiful in an understated kind of way…meaning that it’s not full of neon and other overdone fixings that some Atlantic City hotels have. It’s away from the boardwalk, which helps cut down on some of the creepiness. (C’mon, you know there’s a creepy element to some of those who hang out around the boardwalk.)
We got two adjoining suites so we could all be together, and we needed them because we started the party early in the rooms. We needed the two rooms to set up the food and drink. And, thankfully, the rooms had iPod docks (is that what you call them?) with great speakers, so we could dance to the music from our iPhones.
We continued the party at Wolgang Puck’s American Grille, where we had a delicious dinner and were served by a most accommodating staff. The Maitre ‘d even kissed Lora when he learned we were celebrating her birthday.
I broke my own rule from my book, The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Childfree. In Chapter 19, I talk about the “importance” of wearing high heels…but only if you can walk in them. When you can strut in high heels, it’s glam. When you can’t walk in them, you look like a doofus. I was a doofus that night because my new heels were a tad large for me so I just clunked along . It’s okay, though; I had fun anyway. I also made a note to myself to try out new shoes before I wear them somewhere.
After dinner, we headed to the Comedy Club for a show, after which we found ourselves in the casino. None of us are serious gamblers but you kinda have to pass through the casino if you’re in Atlantic City, right? A few in the group won around $100. I lost $20 and was furious.
We finally made our way back to our rooms where we wound down the celebration with birthday cake. Lora is a new runner, and we made sure we paid homage to that.
And this is how you know we were in Atlantic City. Brenda bought a pair of cute sandals for her upcoming trip to Miami. Another customer in the store wanted the same sandals but the store had no more. Jokingly, Brenda offered to sell them to the woman at a $50 upcharge. This lady whipped out a wad of bills, handed the money to Brenda, and they both left happy. The store salesclerk was speechless…as was I!
We spent the next morning at the Immersion Spa, which was the perfect way to recuperate from the night before. We ended the day with brunch and big hugs before we all headed home and back to reality.
There’s nothing better than good friends. What about you? Do you have long-lasting friendships? How do they impact your life? Please tell us about how you keep your friendships fresh.