One night at around 10 pm, my roommate and I were sitting around our dining room table talking about our work schedules when we realized we both had the next few days off. One of us suggested we spontaneously go on a little trip, and since I had a friend living in Memphis, Tennessee I figured that would be a pretty good choice. Neither of us had been to Memphis before or really given it much thought, but a free place to stay is a free place to stay. I quickly texted my friend to ask if he’d be okay with us staying with him on such short notice and thankfully he was. When I say this was a spontaneous trip, I mean we left right then and there. We started our 6 hour drive from Kennesaw to Memphis at 11 pm and got there at 4 am. I have to say both my roommate and my friend in Memphis are All Stars for allowing this trip to happen so late at night.
Here is what we did while we were there:
For years I assumed that for my 21st birthday, I would go to bars, get my first legal drinks paid for by friendly strangers, and party until I literally couldn't party anymore. That is what you're supposed to do right? Well cue the record scratch noise that they play in teen movies when things start to go wrong because along came Covid-19. Suddenly, my 21st birthday was far less exciting for me to look forward to. What can I possibly do to celebrate such a big milestone birthday when I am not even allowed to be around people?
Eventually, I came up with an idea. I would wait a little while and celebrate my birthday late. I wouldn't go out to the bars but would rather take a trip with my closest friends to Gatlinburg where we can hide away in a cabin in the mountains and party together. It turns out that this was far more fun than I can imagine any bar would have been.
Here's how it went: