A Night To Re-Boot

A Night To Re-Boot

Last night my partner and I went out to dinner with some cherished friends. It was deliciously something that we had so been needing, especially since our social lives have almost become…what’s the word…oh yes…non-existent. It’s not that we don’t go out, it is just that we seem to never have the time for social outings (unless you count playing Bingo and trips to Wal-Mart at 3 a.m.). So it was a refreshing turn of events to be able to just have a night out.

The two ladies met at our pad and from there the four of us went to Legends Classic Diner in Glendora, CA. It was the perfect atmosphere to just kick back, relax, and catch up! It seems that one curse of living in Southern California is that it is so hard to just slow down. Everything revolves around time and money and every morning a new “rat race” begins. Maybe it is because our economy is horrible and our governor has tried to help businesses while in the process hurting the people and only helping himself (and his famously rich family)? Or, maybe it is because us Californians (Southern Californians in particular) are just too focused on the clock and the pocket book? Well, with the high rate of foreclosures, the soaring unemployment rate, and gas prices the way they are, I can hardly blame us for showing that the theory of “survival of the fittest” still rings true today. Which reminds me that I need to get to the gym sometime this week! But, I digress…

What this night out with friends really showed me was that if we can all just slow down and smell the roses every once in awhile it is like re-booting ourselves and getting some much needed “social time”. I am more of a hermit by nature, and would rather stay in than go out. But, it is a known fact that everyone needs to be social at some point. And, what better way to do it than to spend it with close friends! Think about it. If we all just took time out, at least once per week, for friends and family and just had dinner, or played boardgames, or hit the town, or even just sat in the car and talked about old times how much happier we all would be. After our diner, which ended with dessert at the highly acclaimed Donut Man (also in Glendora, CA), I felt rejuvenated and rested. And, as the night ended with the four of us making cute, little Mii’s of ourselves on our Nintendo Wii, it was as if the rat race had stopped, just for one evening, so that we could simply re-boot. Maybe us humans have way more in common with computers than we think?

Greg and Bobbie @ Legends Classic Diner
Friends of the Monkey — Greg and Bobbie pose in front of Legends Classic Diner in Glendora, CA.

Janel and Bobbie @ The Donut Man
Friends of the Monkey — Janel and Bobbie pose while ordering donuts from The Donut Man in Glendora, CA.

Bobbie @ Donut Man - So Good...
Bobbie savors the sweet taste of Strawberries and Cream (a donut made especially for her by one of The Donut Man’s “donut men”).

Be sure to check out the Restaurant Category of the blog for more information and in-depth reviews of both Legends Classic Diner and Donut Man.

Update #1: A Social Experiment

Welcome to the Monkey’s Agenda! I am the Monkey. Yes, I am a real monkey (or, at the very least, “part monkey”). I created this website to go along with my other site The Monkey’s Bookshelf, in order to carry out a social experiment the likes of which may very well leave me either invigorated or intoxicated. Only time will tell.

In order to catch up on the whole premise of this site, check out my Update #1: A New Year’s Resolution post over at my other site before you read on.

Now that you are caught up to speed on what inspired these ideas, it’s time to tell you where The Monkey’s Agenda fits in to the whole scheme of things. It is an entirely separate project, but with the same umph and spark that inspire the original concept. As I further thought out my ideas for my New Year’s resolutions, I decided to not only write about the items on my bookshelf, but also about the things that I do (my agenda). So, this space is reserved for those tidbits about the people, places, things, and ideas that I experience. You will find reviews and personal essays about everything from a night out on the town to a day spent under the covers watching old Friends re-runs (“I am so good at lightning rounds!”).

Who knows? Maybe I will inspire you to go out and do something, have a little fun, eat, drink, be merry, join a cause, or just sit at home and watch American Idol. Then, again…maybe not.

And, as always, let me know what you think about my blurbs using the comments section!

The Monkey

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P.P.S. If you had no idea what I meant by “I am so good at lightning rounds!”, then you definitely need to watch more Friends re-runs so that you too will know facts such as the name of Chandler’s father’s gay male burlesque show. Or you could just not watch any and have me fling poo at you. Your call.