Sushi, Art, and Milkshakes…a regular Friday night
Once again, it’s been a great weekend. On Friday afternoon I made a serendipitous decision to sign up for the weekend trip to Portland to see the art museum and eat some delicious food. So, after bike practice I headed off for the evening with Ms. Shifrin and some others, all senior girls. The museum is free from 5-9PM on Fridays, and since we didn’t get to Portland until 7:00 we decided to postpone dinner until after the museum. It seemed like a good idea at the time…
The Portland Museum of Art was awesome. They currently have an exhibit of the impressionist Edgar Degas (think ballerinas) and some of his contemporaries. The Portland museum is always neat because you wouldn’t expect to see paintings by famous artists here in Maine. Yet I saw works by Degas, Cézanne, Monet, and Mary Cassat, all less than two hours away from Bethel. When it comes to culture, we aren’t quite as isolated as you might think.
When the museum closed at 9:00, it turned out that we were all spectacularly hungry. We all hadn’t eaten since lunch, and I was about to faint from the two classes and a bike ride between me and my last meal. Our original plan was to eat dinner at Silly’s, an eccentric restaurant that has been a favorite of mine since I was a little kid. Imagine our despair when we walked in at 9:10, and they announced that they closed at 9:00! Somehow, Ms. Shifrin convinced them to still serve us milkshakes, even though they had officially closed. And what milkshakes they were! I believe one of them (Eliana’s) included bananas, chai, cinnamon, granola, and pretzels. They were amazing…..
By this point it was getting close to 10:00, and though the shakes were delicious, we still couldn’t forget that we still hadn’t eaten dinner yet (milkshakes, Ms. Shifrin advised us, do not constitute a nutritious meal). So, we set our sights on sushi, with Whole Foods as our first destination. At 10:59 we pulled into the parking lot and jumped out of the car. We sprinted to the door, Jackie made it in, and the rest of us were stopped by an employee claiming that it was 10:00 and the store was officially closed. So we were all locked out, except for Jackie who walked out of the store with her sushi, to our great envy.
Most people, at this point, would be ready to just call it a night and head home. We, however, were determined. We headed over to Benkay Sushi, which by some miracle is open until the wee hours of the morning. We sat down to order our food, except Jackie who, if you remember, already had some sushi from Whole Foods. This was a problem because bringing food into restaurants is not generally accepted, but we weren’t about to sit there and eat while Jackie went hungry. Luckily, Mirina was there to save the day. She charmed the men behind the sushi bar by speaking Japanese with them, and explained the situation to them. According to her, the men initially said no, they didn’t allow food to be brought in the restaurant. But then one of the customers sitting at the counter said “Why? It doesn’t bother me.” and they agreed to let Jackie bring her sushi in. Needless to say, it was pretty comical.
We all laughed about it as we ate: 10:30 on a Friday night, eating sushi, after milkshakes and an art museum, and we’re all seniors. What could be better? It was definitely one of the more epic ways I’ve spent a Friday night while at Gould. It reminded me to enjoy the company of the friends I have made in the past four years. I realized how little time we actually have before we graduate, and how important it is to take advantage of that time. I’m glad I have friends here that I can share adventures like this one with, and I hope we can make the most of the time before we graduate!