By Clive Wade.
First off, and this is the acid test for the avid reader; is this just a copy of my 2020 Christmas Dinner diatribe? Or, have I, after having succumbed to the magazine editor’s threats for a second year, merely succumbed to plagiarism? I guess you will have to read both.
It is interesting the Club has, a number of times, favoured tried and true venues. During my period of presidential immunity my committee found LCQ partying at the Toowong Bowls Club (3 years). Then we moved to Royal Qld Yacht Squadron (2 years I think). And now, under the stewardship of President Steve’s committee, this is the third time at the Greek Club. And I must say, full accolades to the current committee for finding, thank you Mary-Anne (Mrs Steve), what has to be the perfect venue.
The fixed menu was never ending, varied, and delicious. The vegetarians well catered for, albeit forced to keep their somewhat abnormal habits restricted to one table. 🙂 I am not aware of any ill reports in regard to their menu, so I can only conclude they too enjoyed an equally varied menu as the commoner’s menu. 🙂
Putting the food and venue aside, the real success of the evening could be measured by the chatter level. Judging by Gloria’s and my experience the chatter was never ending. From the moment we, as early arrivals, arrived at the door it started. I think it took 20 minutes to get inside, at least another 20 to get a drink as distractions continually kept me “almost at the bar”, rather than “at the bar”, and so the night continued similarly until we departed with one of the last groups standing… quite late.
Judging by the noise level, our experience was merely a reflection of everybody elses. The end of the dining didn’t discourage either, the whole room was awash with meandering folk drawn into chatter which, again in my experience, wasn’t planned for, it just happened. Three times I attempted to cross the room to join some of the “Morgan Parkers”. I never got there. And this is the success of both the evening and LCQ; everyone gets along with each other. For me it has been that way ever since joining in April 2003. It has to be the reason the club just keeps growing… I think at the last meeting the total membership stood at 270ish members. LCQ is doing something right.
And so, a great big thank you to the organisers. An exceptionally enjoyable evening.
A Merry Christmas to everybody, and may your next year be Covid free, care free, happy and healthy.