13 July 2008

Fast Cars and Expensive Yo-Yo's...

Phew.

Now that was a weekend...as a matter of fact, I packed so much into the last 2 days (well, almost 3 if you count Friday night as a day) that it may take me an entire week to blog about what went on...so, you'd better just pull up a chair and plan to stay a while.
(thank you cardata.com for the Corvette photo)

As you may remember
me mentioning, my 20 year high school reunion was this weekend, and I had planned not to go, as I found the cost prohibiting (that and I'm wanting to spend all that dough on the girls weekend out in a few weeks...because that's how I roll) Well...after my high school friends started arriving in town, I received a few calls...and decided that I would try to stay up late Friday night and jump downtown to meet up with everyone after the cocktail evening...Luckily I was at the Airstream, and Rich was committed to helping me stay up.

It worked...and I saw a lot of old friends later that night.

The next morning I woke up early with a sleep hangover (that would be lack of sleep as I got home at about midnight...without even drinking any alcoholic beverages...yawn) with plans to go to both yoga and the farmers market with Megan...but, those plans changed when I got a call from my friend Shaker inviting me out to breakfast.

After catching up, we decided to attend the family picnic together...he wanted to drive. Apparently there was some horrible mix-up at the rental car agency which resulted in him getting a bright yellow convertible Corvette to drive for the weekend. Well, there's nothing wrong with that, now is there? I felt all Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion pulling up to the picnic and was about to tell everyone that I had invented Post-It's, when I realized that most of the people I was seeing were people that had known what I've been doing since high school...so that wouldn't work. They also told me that I should just come to the big event at the reunion that night after dinner was served...

So, what the heck?! I mean, I'm up for an adventure...sneaking into the reunion...which is when I roped both Dina and Charlie in as well.

Seeing as Charlie and I graduated the same year, and people were asking about him...they were immediately included in on our evil plans. Oh yes, did I mention that Rich was jumping at the chance to come to the reunion as well? (He was, which surprised me, seeing as he didn't even go to his own reunion...having him there was wonderful...not only did I have my very own personal photographer and paparazzi, but I got to introduce him to my crew...oh we girls had fun at school) There were also several people that have been reading our blogs that we didn't know about before the reunion...One friend (Hi Chris!! It was so great to see you again!!) accidentally found my blog through Rich after researching HDR photos...and my friend Rene has been following both of us for quite some time...and they both wanted to meet Rich...

It was also perfect to have Rich there, because the four of us could only stay for about an hour (Charlie and Dina because of the sitter...Rich and I because we had big plans for Sunday that started early in the morning) and Rich kept me on track (and I swear, that is not my beer I'm holding up there...honestly, I was holding it for a friend, I couldn't both drink and visit with everyone)

It seems like one hour was the perfect time to catch up with everyone that I could remember knowing in high school that was at the party...we had the largest graduating class to go through at the time (450...I know, a very small number compared to other places) and not a lot of people came back for this reunion...and every once in a while I saw someone that I couldn't remember knowing...the band that performed that night was actually Kurt King's band, and they were good, but a little loud. I was wishing that there was some 80's music to go along with the evening, but it was not to be (although the band played some Black Sabbath and ACDC...but sadly, no Depeche Mode or Tears For Fears)

As you can see, I am wearing my glasses in these pictures as well...which is quite unusual for me to do in pictures...but, I didn't remember to take them off, and besides, if I had? I probably would not have recognized a whole lot of other people...and I may have hurt myself bumping into things, or embarrassed myself by talking to chairs...

So, there's that.

There were several people we missed a lot: Amy McG, Suzie, Shawna, Doug, Arthur, Chris Lane, Chris Cupcha, Gretchen...and a whole slew of others...and there were a few Hottie McHottersons that were pointed out to me (yes, they were also cute in high school) but I think I was with the cutest guy there...

Also, the most forgiving one after I unsuccessfully juggled some of Rich's lenses at the wedding we were photographing...I scared myself to death as I watched the bag I was carrying open up and then I watched the lenses roll away onto a concrete floor, and I didn't feel any better after picking one up and heard the sickening tinkle of broken glass either (it was only a shattered filter...thank all that is holy...go team filter...and on a lens that Rich hardly uses, so he was totally calm about it...can you tell that I still feel horrible about it??? I just know how important Rich's photography equipment is to him and I would never intentionally do anything to damage it, or anyone's belongings for that matter, plus? Photography things are quite expensive to replace) I was on the verge of tears for quite some time before the reunion while also nursing a continuous sinking feeling that wouldn't go away and Rich jollied me out of it by letting me know that everyone has accidents and I was still a great assistant, and of course we will still be a team in the future. It is so reassuring to know that even though we enjoy spending time together, after looking at the pictures we took, we make also make a great photo team (I will be buying him a new filter as well before our next gig...although he let me make it up to him immediately by buying a soy pizza for dinner) We got some wonderful shots of the wedding...and finished in time to eat and change and run downtown, as we kind of had the matchy-matchy outfits going on...white shirt, tan skirt and black shoes...well, except that I was technically wearing the skirt, and Rich opted to wear pants (although, you know he has the legs to pull off a skirt!) and since Rich had remarked earlier that we looked like the hired help (or more like the waitstaff) we decided to dress a bit differently for the reunion...cause' we had to represent...

Plus? Apparently attempting to use someones camera lenses as expensive yo-yo's tends to make one sweat a lot...

and it would have worked if I knew how to tie knots!!

(Too early to joke? Yeah...I think so, I still have that sinking feeling...ugh)

9 comments:

Mary said...

Actually, I invented the glue used on Post-Its. ;)

You look just fabulous, as always. Totally not buying the whole "I'm holding my friend's beer" bit, though. That's what they all say. hee!

Glad the lens was OK. I actually dropped and broke a lens for the camera at work when I'd been on the job less than six months. I just knew I was going to be fired. Thankfully, I wasn't but I was terrified to have to go into the office and admit to the crime.

velvet brick said...

I am so glad that you did go to your reunion!!! You would have been sorely missed if you hadn't! Enjoy the clouds and rain! : ) I sure am!
VB

mommiemarzie said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun! (Even with the crazy yo-yo scare.) And a cute dress to boot!
-Kathy

Chickenbells said...

No no really...I was actually holding TWO beers (one for Dina and one for Charlie while they were out talking where you couldn't drink) I'm not against alcoholic beverages per se...it's just that I was already quite worn out from staying up late the night before, photographing the wedding and almost crushing Rich's photo equipment...Plus? I knew I had to get up at the crack of dawn the next day, and if I had started drinking, I would have not been fresh and fun on Sunday...And, that's just not right.

Oh...my dress is from Anthropologie...I just adore it!

She sure is strange! said...

I am SO, so glad you decided to go!!! You would have missed a whole lot of fun and its a looooong wait til that 30 year gig(although my class talked about doing a 25yr deal instead of waiting).

We had grown-up drinks this weekend too. Shiner Bock and Shiner Munich Style Helles Lager and Mike's Hard Cranberry Lemonade. Of course we still have most of it leftover. I imagine it will last the rest of the summer, we aren't big drinkers here either. I used some of it on my hair Saturday morning and it was so freaking soft that I've saved the little bits left from what we had yesterday to treat it again.

Anyway, sorry to hear about the lens fiasco, that would have made me sick too. But it is only a material thing(replaceable) and you weren't deliberately tossing them about. Accidents do happen!

Molly(of the swimming pool, finally)

TomboCheck said...

Oooo that lens incident would have left a stain in my breeches. Glad it was all okay. :)

Rusty said...

Darnit! I knew I should have come up. I am glad you had so much fun. Looks like a blast.

Lois Grebowski said...

Oh taht looked like fun! I missed my 20th and 25th. My 30th is coming up in 2010 -- not sure yet if I'll go... I went to an all girls (catholic) school and there were only 96 in my class.

I do love it that you had an entourage and your personal papparazzi in tow... that was soo cool!

Blue Dragonfly said...

You look fantastic, and I'm sooo glad you were able to go. I hope I don't regret it myself!

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