"I know this is last- minute," she said, "But I was wondering if you and your husband would like to join us Saturday for a wine-tasting trip?"
Before she could give me the specifics, I said, "I'm in!"
"Well, there are 7 couples and we are getting picked up in a limo for the whole day. It's about $90 per couple and we should be back around 5pm."
Okay, first of all, she had me at "wine-tasting". Then, when she said "limo for the whole day" I didn't care about the cost. My husband owed me! I was so excited I almost peed my pants. Then I remembered I had to ask my husband in case he was scheduled to work or have surgery, the only two ways he was getting out of it.
He was scheduled to work an overtime shift Friday night. "What time will you get home?" I asked him. "The limo leaves at 9:30am Saturday morning."
"It is going to be an all-nighter. I probably won't get home until 7am."
"Can't you get out of it?" I knew he would ruin everything!
"No, but I will go. And don't say I never do anything for you."
I heard my husband's work truck roll in after 5am. By the time he took a shower and got into bed, he totalled one hour of sleep. But he was a trooper!
Before we even got started there was a change of plans. Our original stretch limo had a broken air conditioner. Since we were to travel from the beach to Temecula, California where the temperatures were in the 90's, that was a problem. The company gave us a different upgraded vehicle free of charge, but it looked like a large passenger van that you would take to the airport.
I wanted a limo.
Then, to my surprise, the doors opened to reveal . . .
A party BUS with a stripper pole!
P.S. My husband did lay down and take a nap in the back of the bus, but only when we reached the last winery. We were all too tipsy by that time to notice.