Recently, I planned a social event with some friends. Although this process is sometimes difficult, I’ve attempted to be more social over the past year or two and get out of the house.
A couple of friends and I went on a day trip to Look Out Winery outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We also met someone from the Atlanta area that one of my friends knew from college. I found out about this place by seeing signs for the winery whenever I go to and from Chattanooga.
The attraction is along the side of a mountain with a spectacular overlook of the Tennessee River. One can see three states from their patio along with watching boaters, barges and highway traffic passing below.
When we first got there, we were seated around the bar for wine tasting. This trip was my first wine tasting and did not know what to expect. The owner was very entertaining with stories about his family coming over from Italy to America and settling in western Pennsylvania during World War I.
Even though the winery does not have sweet flavored wines, I was impressed with a few of the white wines I sipped. Despite talking to a total stranger, I was able to make some conversation with the owner about my writing, but I let my friends do most of the talking as they knew more about wine than I did.
For lunch, we were seated outside on the patio that overlooked the river below and ordered wood-fired pizzas. These pizzas had fresh ingredients imported from Italy, such as buffalo mozzarella for the cheese and fresh meats, including fennel sausage. It was beautiful and peaceful being out in nature and being able to carry on a conversation with my friends.
Neapolitan style pizza is the type of pizza served here and tasted more like French-bread pizza. The pizza was some of the best I have ever eaten as the taste was nothing like Domino’s, Papa John’s or other chain pizza restaurants.
After our visit, a couple of unexpected changes occurred. First, one of our friends decided to make a quick trip to downtown Chattanooga to walk around. Second, we were forced to pull over on the way back to let a tornado warned storm pass by the area we were driving. Although I still have issues with changes in plans, I’ve gotten better with going with the flow. I went along with the detour and not only had a great time, but everyone got home safe.
Going to a winery is supposed to be a sensory experience and is not for everyone. The great thing about Look Out Winery is those who don’t drink can still enjoy the pizza and the surrounding scenery. I enjoyed my visit and would not hesitate to go back if I am ever around Chattanooga.
Planning a social event was a huge accomplishment, which I could not have imagined I could ever do. I hope I can muster up the courage to plan other social activities with friends and especially day trips with friends, both with or without Aspergers.
If you have Aspergers, have you ever planned a social event? Comment in the section below. Also, I will be transitioning my blogs to the Tennessee Valley Unite page throughout 2019, and I recommend you sign up for new posts on their website.
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