Sorry for the shitty picture but I’ve passed two milestones recently, and both have happened at the Abbey.
1. Yes, at my birthday party, the bar did buy me a birthday cake. That is a milestone I passed 4 years ago, and have continued to celebrate ever since. It is the reason why I always have and always will have my birthday parties at the Abbey. But this year a woman who I know only from drinking at the Abbey—we are both “regulars”—bought me a lovely bouquet of flowers on my birthday. Next level.
2. Then tonight I got “exit ramped.” It’s like unlocking a secret level at the Abbey. It means that I finished my pint, but was in the midst of a conversation with another bar patron—another regular— and Mark gave me a free half beer, followed by a free rocks glass of beer, followed by a free shot of beer, all lined up in order like an exit ramp. I was drinking my special Abbey drink, a Dirty Stella, which is Stella with olives in it (haters gonna hate), and Mark was super excited to make his very first Dirty Exit Ramp.
Apparently, you can’t get exit ramped at the Abbey until you’ve turned 30, so Megan you’re going to have to wait a couple of years.