Our church had an outreach in a park near the famous Country Club Plaza yesterday afternoon.
After successfully changing the blog picture, I washed the construction grime off of me and started to head out the door.
Then, an idea whacked me upside the head…
“There’s a Jack Stack restaurant just a few blocks from the park…
“I have a $50 gift certificate to Jack Stack thanks to winning a bet with our realtor a few months back…
“The event gets over at 7:00…
“My wife likes Jack Stack…
“She is already at the park…
Now, I didn’t do very much higher math but all of those thoughts seem to add up to a great idea!
Especially when you consider that she just finished her finals on Thursday and will be driving down to Fort Worth, TX to attend the Southwest Believer’s Convention tomorrow morning!
It couldn’t have worked out better…
I no sooner got to the park when the pastor introduced me to an international student from Iraq. After a long talk, I decided to casually “wander off” to go make a 7:00 reservation.
They don’t take reservations on the weekend!
I walked back and sat down near the booth that Bunch was manning (or womanning?). Fifteen minutes later, she asked one of the organizers for the location of the nearest bathroom.
They pointed to a nearby port-o-potty. My wife decided that she would rather explode than use a portable toilet in a public park
I saw my opportunity…
“Do you want to leave early?”
She thought for a moment…We were supposed to stay until 7:00 but her bladder evidently had other plans…
We folded the chairs, loaded them in the trunk, hopped in the car and took off. I made a right turn and headed toward the restaurant.
“Why are you going this direction?”
“You have to go to the bathroom.”
Can it get any better? I am in the midst of surprising her AND I get to play the part of the altruistic heroic husband in the process!!!
As we walked toward the restaurant, she asked, “Where are we going?”
I pointed to Jack Stack.
“I figure that they have a nice bathroom for you.”
Now, you may think that is corny. How could she not have seen it coming?
Ah, but that is where I excel…
I’ve tried this very thing before…and failed miserably.
So, it entirely believable that I would do something like this. You talk about turning an old lemon into lemonade…
She did not have the slightest suspicion as we walked into the waiting area.
While she went to use the facilities, I requested a table for two.
“That will be a 5-10 minute wait.”
I thought, “I can pull that off.”
She took awhile. (I guess she really did have to go!)
When she came out, I pretended that I now needed to go.
I took my time.
We then walked outside and I asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“Well, I’m not really that hungry but I would love to go wherever you want to go.”
At that very moment, the buzzer quietly went off in my pocket.
I cooly pulled it out and said, “How about here?”
She never saw it coming!!!
I am SO the man…just ask my wife!!!