As much fun as I had with my Video To Go friends, one thing we never really did was party. We went out and always had fun, and sometimes got into trouble. But to go to an actual party, or host one, that’s something we didn’t do.
I remember in early Summer of 2004, one of our younger co-workers, Paul, was graduating from high school. His mother was throwing a huge bash at the Tirrell Room in Quincy, and she very kindly invited everyone at VTG. But not all of us could go because the store had to remain open. Instead, our manager Krysty drafted Ali and me to represent the store at the graduation party.
I met Ali at the store and we drove together from there. I remember neither one of us was looking forward to the party because other than paul, we wouldn’t know anyone there. Once we got to the Tirrell Room, Paul and his mom were very nice to us. They offered us something to eat and drink, but we declined, and I think we gave him a present from everyone at VTG, but I don’t remember what.
As soon as Paul and his om were out of sight, Ali and I bailed. We couldn’t have been there more than 10 minutes, if that. We sped out of the parking lot and went to a nearby Wendy’s for some Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers and fries. The entire time we were listening to this 10 CD 80’s collection Ali had just bought. Don’t judge us, there was some good music back then.
Anywho, since it was still early, we decided to do something else. After a quick stop at Ali’s place so she could change, we then drove to a mini golf place on Route 18. I can’t remember the name of the place, but I think it was in Whitman. We went there because this place had a mini golf course, go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats, and other stuff.
We played one round of golf, which I lost badly from what I remember. In my defense however, I was often distracted. The same thing happened a few years later when we finally had our rematch but that is another story.
Even though I got my butt handed to me on the golf course, this was still a fun day. Good food, great company, and a ton of eighties music. Who knew skipping a graduation party could be this much fun?