After dinner I chatted with my friend Beth, who was sitting at the next table, and helped her finish off her second glass of wine (she doesn’t drink that often and had bitten off more than she could chew). Towards the end of the evening, Brenda’s husband showed up with two friends. Brenda turned to us and said, in that way only Brenda can, “Oh look, ladies, the strippers are here!”
We stayed until 10:00, when Beth’s husband picked her up, and then Judy and I walked together to the U-Bahn station. On the way home Judy told me that her husband works for the city's transportation department so she recently got to try her hand at driving a U-Bahn. She took a class and said she was really nervous the first time she "took the controls", as you have to learn all the signals and such. Of course she drove an empty train (I saw a "training" train once - I didn't notice that it was labeled Fahrschule, or "driving school" until the lady on the platform next to me pointed it out as I tried to open the door, which wouldn't open!) but she said she got the hang of it rather quickly and found it to be pretty fun!