I turned a whole year older on Wednesday. My day started with Hubby making me a nice cup of tea at 4am (Yeah 4am! It’s a work day). Kids got up about 5 minutes earlier than usual to give me a quick kiss and a hug and hand me my new iPad 4! Haven’t had a chance to set it up as yet but can’t wait.
The rest of the day was no different to any other day – sat at my desk working.
My brother called to confirm he was collecting me as 6 and asked me to wear something nice.
I left my desk at about 5 to get “dressed”. Thought I’d wear my new black leather mini skirt, remembering my brother did tell me to wear leathers. I thought I would go all out. I put on my suspenders, stockings, leather mini, black blouse (with popper buttons) and red high heel shoes. I looked awesome! I was so going to own the evening.
Then my daughter-in-law arrived, took one look at me and said I had to change. WHAT? WHY? She just said she thought it was inappropriate and I needed to wear trousers. After a debate, I called my brother to confirm what I should be wearing and he politely told me that he thought trousers were more appropriate. I then rather annoyingly took off my new skirt, stockings and suspenders and put on a pair of black jeans. I insisted on still wearing my red heels.
My brother duly arrived to collect me. On the way to wherever, my brother asks if I trust him. I said yes of course – why wouldn’t I. Rather a strange question. My office is near to one of the local Casino’s and we were headed in that direction. As we drove past the Casino, there was a party bus parked outside. My brother asked me if I had ever been on one. I said no. He asked if I wanted to go on one. All of a sudden I could picture the night being one big piss-up! Not quite what I had in mind.
Thank goodness we drove past and he turned into the office park where my offices are. And I spot 3 Harley’s parked outside. Now my heart is starting to pound in excitement. Hope they are for me!
He parks and we head for the restaurant downstairs. There are 3 guys sitting there in leathers and my brother introduces me as the Birthday Girl. The one guy was the first guy to bring a Harley into the country about 30 year ago. The second guy introduces himself as Michael – he looked very familiar but I couldn’t place him. And the third guy had rather a quiet disposition. We sat and all had a drink together and just chatted about Harleys and things. If my evening ended here, it would have been good.
They then informed that they they were taking me for a ride. Just the 3 of them. They would meet my brother again at 11 at some joint miles away.
So now I’m a little concerned – thinking what on earth are 3 bikers going to do with me all evening. I am not exactly great company on my own and can be a little shy and reserved. They don’t look the gang bang type either so shit only knows what we are going to do for the next 5 hours.
Anyway, I point out I am wearing heels and I show off my new red shoes. They brush it off and say don’t worry about it. They help me into my Harley leather jacket (so glad I brought it) and I am directed to the bikes. The BIG RED one is mine. (Hope they couldn’t spot me drooling).
Michael is assigned to me. (Still can’t place him and he looks so familiar) He gets on, starts the bike and they explain how I am supposed to get on and sit in the pillion seat. I used to ride a bike back when I was about 18 – nothing big and without a license. I haven’t been on a bike since and I have never been on a bike as a passenger. I have trust issues with someone else riding. Anyway, I take a deep breath and quietly tell myself to embrace the evening and opportunity. And off we go.
|Spot the red heels|
I was in heaven! I can’t remember having so much fun in all my life. This is where I was supposed to be – on a Harley! I was not scarred, not concerned. I forgot about everything else in life. Bliss!
We went up and down various roads and ended up on the freeway. Eventually taking the Sandton off-ramp. Now I had a slight idea where we were headed to. The Harley dealership is in Sandton. And as we approach the dealership, I spot loads and loads of cars parked outside. Now it dawns on me what is happening for the evening.
Michael pulls into the dealership and stops the bike. I now have to get off. Sounds easier than it is – my legs (and quite possibly my brain) was not going to cooperate. I could not get off. After 5 minutes of struggling, I eventually wriggled my way off.
Quick photo opportunity as we are met by the rest of my family and I am led into the upstairs section of the dealership.
There are all my friends and family. Could the evening get any better.
The place looks awesome. The room is decked out with tables and chairs and just looks amazing.
I spend the next 15 minutes going around and greeting each person individually. I then pop over to the bar to thank the 3 bikers for the awesome ride and we get chatting over a drink. It suddenly dawns on me who Michael is – he is the brother of a good friend and business associate. Pure coincidence – and of course once we twigged, we had a good laugh about it. They then left. (And my heart sank thinking that was end of my riding for the evening).
There was an airbrush artists there who apparently does custom spray jobs on Harley’s so everyone was queuing up to get some form of airbrushed “fake” tattoo’s done.
|My fake tattoo|
Dinner was eventually served. Everyone was having fun and it was great to see my friends all having a good time.
Eventually cake time and I was called to do the honors. Now this is the bit where I get a little nervous. I don’t like taking centre stage or being in the spotlight and standing in front of a room full of people doing a speech is not my idea of fun. I suck it up, blow out the candles (and yeah they were the non-blow-out sort that keep reviving themselves haha). Speech didn’t happen – I said a quick Thank You to all and that was as good as it was going to get.
I eventually ended up at the bar. I am not a big drinker but I thought this was my night and I was going to let a little lose tonight – Shooters it was! Ended up making our own – Caramel Vodka and Chocolate Vodka mixed – now called a “Lanthie” – absolutely yummy!
The night slowly drew to a close with everyone slowly saying good night – it was a work day the next day. I eventually got home at about 11.45pm.
Best night of my life and the bike ride more than made up for there not being any half naked men.