Boy, we had planned everything out so well for the wedding that I was certain that these last few days would be calm and relaxed; they are anything but. Lots of last minute errands, lots of people in town, running around. I can barely catch my breath. Not in a bad way–it’s just busy.
Despite having 7 people stay at the house last night and most of the day today, we still managed to get a lot done. Kelly and I were up early and took care of a few errands and chores. Later in the morning, Doug, Rachel, me and the kids went over to one of the playgrounds here and let them play for a while. I called the restaurant for the rehearsal and confirmed everything with them, so we are all set for tomorrow.
Kelly’s parents went to run some errands of their own and we headed over to Clarendon for lunch. Chili! Yum! We took Kelly’s laptop to the Apple Store to have it looked at for a fan problem. They couldn’t fix it under Apple Care because of some physical damage to the machine, and it’s not worth paying what they were asking for to fix it. Oh well. After that, we ran errands. We picked up our tuxedoes and made sure they all fit. (There was a minor issue with my jacket, but it was resolved quickly.) We ran to Target to get an idea of price and availability of Rock Band. (We didn’t buy anything.) We went to Shoppers to get some beer.
By then, Mom and Dad had arrived into town so we headed home. Doug and I headed up to Pentagon City to pick them up. We got them back to the house and at that point, we really had a full house. 9 guests!
stubiebrother , Doug and I headed up to Lucky Strike for two hours of bowling and drinking. It was a lot of fun. I did good the first two games, two 114s. Three strikes in one game. But I tanked after that. Jason ended up with the highest score of the night, breaking 170 (I think he finished with a 174). We finished around 9 PM and headed back home to play Rock Band, which we borrowed from a friend for the evening. (Thank you, Kevin!) I played until about midnight, when I needed to call it quits. Busy day tomorrow and I was tired.
Doug and Jason continued to play into the night. I have no idea when they finally gave up.
[Written on 9/4/2007]
I was up at about 7 AM. I had started The Reagan Diaries on the plane yesterday and continued reading it this morning until Dan and Megan were up. I figured that I’m so biased against Reagan as a president that I needed to read something that might alter my opinion of him. However, so far, his personal diaries have only reinforced what I suspected. Still, it is an interesting read.
We had a quick breakfast and then headed out. First, we went bowling. That was fun. I won the first game easily and then grew majorly overconfident. I bet Dan on the second game, and so confident was I that we bet big. I’m sure you can guess the results. I lost. Both Dan and Megan beat me. I did make a comeback in the last few frames, but it was not enough. Fortunately, Dan, sweetheart that he is, didn’t hold me to the bet.
We had Mexican food for lunch in San Luis Obispo and then went to see the movie Superbad, which Dan and Megan had already seen twice, but which they insisted I had to see. It was pretty damn hilarious, but I think they may have raised my expectations of the movie. I don’t think I’d pay to see it three times, although I’d gladly watch it again on DVD.
Later in the afternoon, we went to Avila beach and saw a couple being married right there on the beach. We wandered around the pier for a while and then headed back to meet some of Dan and Megan’s friends for dinner at an Italian place. I had a meatball sandwich that was excellent.
That night, we rented some movies and watched one of them before going to bed. The weather was super all day long. I’ve really missed hanging out with Dan and Megan and it was great to be back to visit them.
Details coming soon. With all of this travel, I am still trying to catch up.
The day began with a short walk, followed by a yummy breakfast. I had a “scramble” which included bacon, cheese and eggs, all mixed and mashed together. Also some potatoes. Very tasty. That was followed by a traditional walk out to Morro Rock, where we spent a few minutes watching the surfers (and a small dog).
We headed to the San Lois campus, where they have bowling alleys and pool tables and bowled a few rounds. It was the first time I’d bowled in over 4 years, and I surprised myself by doing very well for my standards. I bowled a 144 in the first game and a 160 in the second game. I thought the first game was a fluke, but then along came the 160 in the second game. It defies explanation. We played a little pool and then headed out to grab some lunch. I talked Dan and Megan into going to Carl’s Jr. for lunch, and I reveled in my Wester Bacon Cheeseburger. Yum-my!
Back at their house, Dan, Megan and I sat down to watch a movie and chill. Megan put on Fargo and we watched that. (Actually, Megan and I watched. Dan slept through the entire thing.) When the movie was over, it was time for me to leave. Dan had an extra output cable which he gave me and that meant that I was able to plug in my iPod to the car radio for the drive home. I listened to Pink Floyd the entire way back to LAX. I arrived at the airport at about 9 PM. The flight departed on time and arrived in Baltimore nearly half an hour early.
It was a fun weekend and my one regret is that it was just too short. I don’t get to see Dan and Megan very much these days and spending a day and a half with them just isn’t enough.