the group i was traveling with - laurie, amy, ed, amanda - first went to laurie's apartment in central square via car so laurie can dropped off her vehicle. she might've been willing to drive into boston except the only person who wasn't drinking - me - didn't know how to drive a manual stick shift car back. it felt weird being in cambridgeport, especially where we were, outside of laurie's apartment, across the street from prince street, where i've visited 3 times already just looking at the property on 12 prince street. being there, it felt like being at home, even though i don't live there - yet.
so we then walked from cambridgeport to central square and took the t into town. we got off at government center and amanda led the way, she having been to the black rhino a few weeks ago (also with our fellow coworkers). when we got there, we sat down and started drinking right away (at least everyone other than me, i just had a few rounds of coca-cola, the hard stuff). who was there already: hannah, stef, allie, eliza, laura, rob (the guest of honor himself). later, rob's friend ed came by, and so did tom and john (stef's bf).
black rhino's an interesting little dive, the clientele appears to be mostly afterwork financial district people. so it wasn't the kind of bar that catered to the pretty people (other than us of course) is what i'm saying. no greasy men in mesh, no hooches in eyecatching minis. there was a live band (actually just a lone electric guitar cover artist), and from the outside we could see him playing with some people eventually dancing further in the background. it's a quaint little place, a little far from where we are, but i suppose there are more drinking establishments in the city then in kendall square.
by the end of the night, people were toasting with shots. our tab (at least the first tab, people kept on drinking even after it was tallied) ran a mighty high number. i think some of the more seasoned drinkers were surprised at how much it was. drinks can be expensive! another good reason why i don't partake in the alcoholic libations. after black rhino, what's left of the party (laurie + tom, rob, ed, stef, john) were getting ready to go to another bar while amanda and i walked back to government center and took the green line to our respective homes.