I wanted to do something special for Billy's birthday, and so I gathered up his core friends for a celebration dinner. I'd met a few of them previously, and a few of us had already hung out together in Laguna Beach, at Wineworks and also at Billy's place. But I hadn't met some of Billy's friends before, so I was a little nervous. It's always a big step meeting the friends. Billy had already met some of mine just a few weeks before for dinner in Newport Beach. What I thought was so very funny was the way they acted when the cameras were running versus when they were turned off — what a hoot they were! His friends are great, and toward the end of the evening, everyone was telling old stories, golf jokes, and teasing Billy unmercifully! The four bottles of wine might have helped .... Billy and his good friend John even scheduled a trip down to Mexico for us to play golf at Bajamar for later on in the month. Can I just say: What a FUN trip that was!
I'd like to comment on Billy correcting my grammar. He always did it good-naturedly, and asked me once if it bothered me, and if it did then he would stop. I told him to go ahead, and yes, if I was saying it wrong, then I needed to learn the correct way. It's the "Billy and I" vs. the "Billy and Me" sentence structure that I tend to get wrong. I guess I just don't even think about it. Yes, I said it was annoying when he corrected my grammar, but he does know what he is talking about. He jokingly calls himself a "connoisseur of fine language" and can actually speak four languages fluently. He and his friends all take any chance they can to catch the other on a mistake and make a game out of it. If you aren't used to the game, it can be frustrating sometimes. Since I am a professional entertainment Internet manager, I am always willing to learn to sharpen my own speaking skills. In fact, I'm even considering enrolling at the local college in the fall.