I don’t document my real life all that much, but I try to have one.
Recently, mine and Clay’s college friend Brian and his wife Ashley moved back to Columbia. They got married back in 2011 and moved to Iowa shortly after for Brian’s job as a graphic designer. Brian got a new job in Columbia a few weeks ago, so they were able to move back to the South- just in time to avoid the Iowa winter.
Not only is Columbia closer to us to hang out with them, it’s also closer to Ashley and Brian’s parents so they can have grandparents babysitting and finally have a night out. Even if they’re a few hours away, at least they aren’t a couple of states away.
We got together in Columbia for lunch on Saturday at a restaurant called Carolina Ale House. It wasn’t our first choice for lunch, but when the restaurant we wanted turned out to be closed, it worked in a pinch. Like all good Columbia sports bars in December, Carolina Ale House was covered in everything Christmas and South Carolina Gamecocks.
We split an order of nachos for an appetizer, and I had the barbeque salmon. Despite barbeque sauce poured on the salmon, I was famished and it was tasty and cheap, so I can’t really complain. Brian, Ashley, Clay, and I caught up on life and spent a long time in the bar just chatting, and it was a lot of fun.
After lunch, Clay and I headed to Williams Brice Stadium for the SCHSL Football Championships. Hartsville High School (where Clay went) played against South Pointe for the state championship. Clay and I didn’t go to high school together, so it was neat cheering for his team but since I have no real high school football allegiance, watching the game was relaxing.
Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a football game for the game itself and not feel like a mentally drained fan if you don’t win. For the record, Hartsville lost.
It rained the entire game, but we got to sit in the expensive box seats (the chairs have backs on them and are covered!), which are usually reserved for Gamecock Club and season ticket holders. I also met a couple of Clay’s friends from high school and some guys he played football with.
The game was perfect for people watching- you got to see all crazy of high school football games, especially when it’s a small town team, and the culture revolves around it (Someone should really make a “People of high school football” website like People of Walmart).
We had a pretty awesome time in Columbia and it made for a fun weekend.