Philippe Mimms visits rarely. It’s not that he isn’t interested or we don’t crave his presence. He’s just incredibly popular and has difficulty fitting us into his busy, busy schedule. So when we found out he had boarded a train straight to our neck of the woods, our minds went wild planning Philippe’s Best Day Ever.
Philippe’s chauffeur delivered him, and we began his Best Day Ever with a hearty meal. Lee’s specialty is apple pancakes. In fact, it’s the only thing she cooks. Therefore, for each meal during Philippe’s visit we ate pancakes. Though standard food etiquette was offered, Philippe agreed with us that civility is overrated; consequently Philippe adopted our savage eating methods.
Next, we wanted Philippe to get a feel for the great outdoors in our county’s capital. Therefore we went kayaking. While Philippe opted for a single, Lee and I fancied our double kayak with anticipation that we could row with great speed. Boy, were we wrong. Just so happens that double kayaks require immense strength to paddle. Our race against Philippe was doomed… mainly because Lee got bored of paddling.
Philippe volunteered on his own accord to serve as our personal photographer. He knows just how to win us over.
After kayaking came one of our greatest DC discoveries. The day prior to Philippe’s arrival, we had adventured out to find a photo booth and landed instead at an ice skating rink. The things you find when you ride mall elevators!
My skating abilities proved less than stellar. Where Lee slacked in kayaking, she certainly made up for with ice skating. Basically, Lee just pulled me around the whole time.
Meanwhile, Philippe gracefully performed extreme figure skating tricks. He was able to take photos from upside-down between his legs.
After ice skating was the great cupcake mistake of 2009. Philippe returned to our food court table the happiest I have ever seen him, toting a box containing a neon pink Tinkerbell cupcake.
It was a brilliant joke that soon went awry. After the cupcake had been demolished, all involved agreed that it was the worst tasting cupcake ever eaten seeing as the hot pink icing actually burned the esophagus as it went down. We have blocked this from our memories of Philippe’s Best Day Ever.
Moving on. The day ended with a game of Settlers of Catan. Well, more like four consecutive games of Settlers. Philippe even became the most glorious in Catan.
It was Philippe’s Best Day Ever.