Last night I drove home pretty late. On a Thursday night in my town (and in most towns), that usually means the streets will be pretty busy, the bars and restaurants will be crowded, and really, there will be people in every direction.
That’s exactly what the scene was like last night; probably a little more so since the weather here has been so nice lately. It was great to see these things--indications that spring is on its way and winter will soon be behind us.
And, sure, like any typical night, there are idiots out who have had too much to drink, or are just naturally inclined to being idiots. But that’s just part of it all, and, really, if there’s not some jerk being too loud outside or inside a bar on a Thursday night, then the world isn’t spinning like it should.
In any case, just seeing people out and about, having fun, was nice. Usually, I’m simply driving past all that, leaving the office way too late to even think about hanging out or doing anything even remotely...human.
But last night we had an office thing and I left work at a reasonable hour to make it there (almost) in time for its start, and I ended up sticking around for a while. And it was a lot of fun to get out and hang out and, frankly, act my age.
I'd like to say I'm planning on doing more of that, but I'm in my busy season and I don't envision much free time in the next few weeks.
So for now, at least, I'll take my one night out, even if there won't be another one for quite some time.