Bill wanted Nichol to meet additional family members and some of my friends and
asked me to invite who I wanted; pick the time and place. With my bride's
large extended family, it would be about impossible to invite every sibling, their spouse and children, so I elected to invite more or less the
locals. Besides, Bill was picking up the tab for the entire event. I had twenty-one (21) guests on my list and decided to have
the get together at the
Carolina Restaurant in Chesterfield, SC on
November 19th at 6:00 PM. The Carolina Restaurant is located a few
miles from Chesterfield, SC on Highway SC-9.
My bride and myself have been going to the Carolina Restaurant for many years for
a steak dinner and rarely go any other place for a steak. The Carolina
Restaurant is not a fancy place, which probably has the same decor for the
past 20 years, but you get an outstanding grilled steak there and the service
is excellent. The
salad bar is small, but has the basic things to go with your meal.
I called our reservation in about a week early since the restaurant opens at
6 PM and there is a line waiting to get in whether it is raining, snowing,
etc. The restaurant has closed a few times in the past due to
inclement weather such as ice and sleet making it too dangerous to travel
the roads which is understandable.
Below is a pix screen captured from the
internet of the front of the Carolina Restaurant:
Several that did not know the way to the Carolina Restaurant or didn't
have GPS, met at our
home and we did some carpooling.
My friends Robert and Sandra Webster were already at the restaurant when
we got there and there was one handicapped parking space available and right
on time for yours truly.
The restaurant doors opened at 6 PM on the dot and it didn't take long
before the line was dispersed very quickly inside. We were greeted by
the owners below and our reservations were in order.
Another view of the entrance. The main room out of view on the left
has booths and a more romantic setting for a couple and my bride and myself
favor that side, but like the salad plates on the right side seating area
which are different from the left side.......grin if you must.
We were met by our waitress Brandy and she took our drink orders once we
I gave a short introduction and let Bill introduce himself and Nichol.
Below pix of Bill and Nichol at our home before we left for the Carolina
Bill sure does clean up very well and Nichol is looking great as always!
Robert and Sandra Webster from Hamlet, NC. Robert is retired from
the NCDPS and Sandra is still working at the Lanesboro Correctional
My "bride" aka Joyce Porter
about to get a serious grin going.
Sue and Haywood Newton from LA, (Lilesville Area); Lilesville, NC; both are retired.
From left to right:
Bill, Will, Rachel Myers and Sue Newton.
Doug and Sue Pettigrew and Betty Jo Porter on the right. I thought that
Betty Jo Porter, Allen Porter and Wink Myers.
Brother Allen looks too serious in this pix!
Shane Hough, Laura Porter and Travis Huneycutt on the right.
Xander Gonzales; Xander is our youngest Grandson and is very sleepy too.
Laura Porter and her youngest son
Trevor Lane Huneycutt.
Laura Porter and her oldest son
Travis Lee Huneycutt....Travis could
audition for Duck Dynasty.....
Wink Myers, Shane Hough, Laura Porter and Travis Lee Huneycutt.
Travis Lee Huneycutt, Trevor Lane Huneycutt and "Will" aka William
McKnight Porter III.
Somebody snuck a pix of yours truly in the blue shirt beside Wink Myers
who is also in a blue shirt. No, we didn't call one another to
coordinate our clothes.....grin if you must....Lisa Gonzales on the left
with Haywood Newton in the background and Shane Hough on the far right.
I believe the camera flash is causing my hairline to recede because each
event pix, tells the tale! I can see it now; Kojak Porter
SALAD BAR TIME
After Brandy got all of our drink and food orders, it was time to head to
the salad bar; pixs below:
I was about to get Wilford Brimley's autograph!
I got my salad and it didn't take too long for it to get gone.
Things got a little quiet for a while, but when most had finished their
salad and meal, it was time to catch up on the latest happenings.
Below pix of my ribeye steak and baked potato with sour cream and butter.
I think I might have eaten a basket full of the yeast rolls myself.....grin
if you must!
I couldn't get the light right for the above pix and it is what it is!
The ribeye was cooked medium rare and was very tender, juicy and tasty!
I have yet to add any additional seasonings to the steak; they are seasoned
to perfection in my humble opinion.
I believe it was Will that got this pix of yours truly in the background
with Shane Hough and Laura Porter in the foreground.
AROUND THE TABLE PIXS
Nichol got a chance to talk to most of the guest and related some of her
military career experiences. Nichol is a Commander in the US Navy and
currently assigned to the
USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier
based out of San Diego. She has
spent about half her 30 year US Naval career on the East Coast in the
Norfolk, Virginia area.
We had a great time; shared good food, fellowship and friendship and glad
that Nichol got a chance to meet additional family members on both the
Porter and the Adcock side and some of my friends.
Again, my money wasn't any good and Bill picked up the entire tab for
everyone, but I did
collect some tip money for Bill since they added 15 percent gratuity
to the total and certainly hope that Brandy received it. Brandy did a
fantastic job getting our orders and keeping our drink glasses topped off.
VISIT COMING TO AN END
Bill, Nichol and Will visited with us on Sunday and we had plenty of left
overs for lunch and had dinner at Will's favorite place here in Wadesboro
being BoJangles. We planned to go to the Lady Bug Restaurant, but they
were closed on Sunday evening. Will must have had a voo doo doll.
We visited with Bill, Nichol and Will Monday morning and they left around
10:30ish heading for Charlotte, NC to the Douglas International Airport.
Will had a different flight route back to San Diego, CA than they did. I talked
with Bill today and they are getting ready for a friends get together at a
favorite Micro Brewery out
Nichol got an early Christmas gift before leaving....saved me some
shipping costs....grin if you must!
The above serving tray
is made from curly maple and has some outstanding figured grain to it.
We certainly did enjoy the visit and looking forward to doing it again.
To quote one of my departed
"Yesterday is History, Today is a Gift and Tomorrow is a Mystery."
Below is my favorite poem which means to me: Live today the best that
SALUTATION TO THE DAWN
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendor of beauty,
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.
by Kalidasa 1280 AD
LEAVING ON A SPIRITUAL NOTE
link Bible verses about the family.
Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 11-22-16 and 03-19-17.