Night at the Salisbury

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
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Trip End Dec 31, 2009


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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Saturday afternoon, we felt like treating ourselves out. Nothing fancy--just the nearby mall. Nevertheless, we dresed up a little bit (a notch above our daily khakis and polo), and headed to the movie theatre. We bought tickets for a show later that night, and then spent the time until then browsing the stores. I got my 3-dollar watch resized, we browsed some new board games, and enjoyed some fantastic italian food in the food court (surprisingly good food, given the venue). While we were eating, a woman came up to us and said
"Oh, good--you are the one with the orange coat. Uh, hi! You two aren't from around here, are you?"
"Uh... well, no, we're not."
"Oh I didn't think so! I saw you guys walking in the mall, with your fitted wool coats and nice shoes and I just knew you aren't from Salisbury. Being from here, you just know."
"Hah, well thanks--that's funny."
We proceeded to tell her that our coats were actually from a thrift store and a yard sale, but we appreciate the compliment. And that we're usually not this put together, but due to our job, we feel it necessary to break up the routine.
That led to a discussion about our job. We invited her to sit down as we ate, and then talked about the Christian organization we work for.
"Oh, I'm a Christian, too! That is such a cool job!"
We exchanged stories; she told us about some of the ministries she's involved with. We just chatted like friends who hadn't seen each other in a while. It takes an incredibly social person to do that. She was. Naturally, before we split ways, we exchanged facebook information.

After she left, Kelsey noted "Well, I just realized that I gave my name, my job, and my home state to a perfect stranger. If she's a brilliant con artist, I'm in trouble!"
Hah--well no, she's legit. It was just a nice encounter that helped us feel like actual social people in a job that finds us in a new town every night.

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Later that night, we walked past a long line of movie-goers right into the theatre (yay for buying tickets ahead of time). We watched the comedy Couples Retreat. Now, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. But we enjoyed it a lot more than we thought we would! It ended up being a very pro-marriage movie. There are four couples in the movie, with various marital problems, and they all end up together and happy. The writing was funny, and the themes were wholesome. Again--due to some of the content, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but it made for a fun night out.

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