(call him on Wednesday)
ME: Hey, let's go to X restaurant on Saturday evening. P and A will also be there.
IxTJ pal: Hmm...
ME: It's just a restaurant... you know... I'm not asking you to go to Mombasa...
IxTJ: Evening, you say?
IxTJ: What time, to be exact?
ME: (thinking "fuck knows!") 7-ish. We'll be done by 9-ish.
IxTJ: But the buses that come to my area end at 10.
ME: We'll be done at 9. Exactly.
ME: Ok, I'll drop you off at home. I'll even pick you up from home.
IxTJ: I'll think about it and tell you tomorrow.
ME: (Thinking: "YOU'RE THE HARDEST EFFING PERSON TO THROW A SURPRISE B/DAY PARTY FOR!!!")