Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Happy 20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago today, Lisa and I stood at the head of the passenger compartment of Portland Vintage Trolley #513 as it was underway on the Portland (Oregon) light rail system and took our wedding vows, after which we continued on the trolley as it did a complete trip of the line as it stood at that time. After the ceremony and a reception in the park across from what is now the Doubletree Lloyd Center, we flew to Anaheim for a honeymoon at Disneyland. Ten years later, we returned to Disneyland. When we were making plans for the twentieth anniversary, various sorts of travels came to mind, but we eventually set them all aside, partially because we knew we were going to need a week of home improvement projects, which amount to an anniversary present to each other. So instead of an elaborate trip, we simply went to Reno/Sparks for a nice dinner and some diversion.

This was an Occasion, and therefore I wore a suit and Lisa put on the nice outfit I bought her a few years ago. We also were both wearing our Vintage Trolley pins.

20th Anniversary Dinner

It was roughly 22 years ago that Lisa and I went to Reno for the first time, and I took Lisa to what was then John's Oyster Bar at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel/Casino. John's name is no longer on the property after he sold the casino to Big Eastern Interests, but the Oyster Bar is mostly unchanged, and to us, that's a good thing. We made a reservation for the very table where we first ate here and had our favorite meal, the shrimp pan roast. There are still a few staff who have been there long enough to remember us, although the one we remember the best, William, is reportedly now working at a bank as he finishes his college degree. His younger brother is now a server in the hotel's steakhouse, and so we'll have to come back on a night when he is working and eat there.

After a satisfying dinner, we went over to the Atlantis and the Manhattan Deli. Although we generally shifted our "affiliation" from the Atlantis to the Peppermill (and have accordingly fallen down to the bottom level of the Atlantis affinity program), we still sometimes come to the Deli, and in particular we came to have their cheesecake, which is some of the best New York-style cheesecake we've ever eaten. I took an extra dose of Metformin and we slowly worked our way through our giant slices of cheesecake.

When it came time to settle up, our server came over and told us that our bill had already been paid, by one of the other customers. We were flabbergasted. We still aren't sure what we did to deserve this random act of kindness. I left a pretty generous tip, though.

We made a brief visit down the street to the Peppermill, where we saw the end of the National League Division Series (Go Cubs! Beat LA!) and played a small amount of slots. We did not lose any money, which can be considered a good night. Lisa drove us home to Fernley.

This was a pretty quiet celebration compared so some things we have done, but it made us happy.
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