Escaping from Forbidden Island

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End May 24, 2011

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Well we're into it, now! We just came off a wonderfully refreshing vacation with Kelsey's parents. Originally, we were scheduled to have to leave the 3rd or 4th, but the schedule changed somehow so that we didn't have to leave until the 6th. Those bonus days were much welcome.

So, we headed out Thursday night, and got into a really really ritzy Chicago-area hotel we found on Priceline. The bed was comfortable, but the whole experience was kinda surreal and untouchable. Give me a Super 8's free Super Start Breakfast bowl of Cheerios over an 8-dollar bowl of Hyatt Regency Steel Cut Oatmeal any day.

Our school outside Chicago was great--nice auditorium, really nice folks. It was a perfect kick-off to this semester of assemblies.

As if to immediately dispatch our preconception that driving around the Midwest would negate our ability to meet up with any friends, we found our paths crossing with Drake, my college roommate.

We were roommates all four years of school, and he was our wedding photographer the summer after graduation, but we had not seen him since.

So, when we met up Friday night, we immediately headed out to dinner. Barbeque at Famous Dave's sounded good, and indeed it was. After dinner, we wanted to hang out some more. I was kinda bummed that we didn't bring a game to play (I love games), so we decided to head over to Border's bookstore. There, we'd scour the shelves for a new game, buy it, and play it right there.

We chose Forbidden Island. I had seen it in other stores, and it had always intrigued me. It is a collaborative game--the concept is that the players are a team of adventure specialists who are trying to rescue four treasures from this island. However, the island is quickly sinking underwater, so the team has to work quickly and strategically to retrieve all four treasures and get helicopter lifted out before the island disappears completely.
Brilliant game. The three of us played it four times through that night (it's never the same experience twice).

Friday night offered great sleep in the spare bedroom of Drake's hospitable grandparents, and since Drake slept over there too, we were quickly back together again in the morning.

We ventured back to Forbidden Island again after breakfast, and then enjoyed a wing feast lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings. We had plans to maybe see a movie, but we overruled that decision in favor of spending more face time.

And that sums up our weekend with Drake. It was great to see that he's doing so well. He'll be pursuing some more education in graphic design and e-media, and he's already gotten a few more gigs doing wedding photography this summer. Keep it up, Drake! We hope to see you again soon!
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