Congratulations!!!

The Wedding Cake :: My brothers wedding :: Jefferson Island, LA

I spent most of last week in Louisiana celebrating the marriage of Pandy and my brother.

My brother is hitched. It’s hard to find words to describe how happy I am for the both of them. That’s part of the reason I slipped past doing my best man speech (which I now feel totally guilty about). I’d written it on the plane ride down there, I had the angle I was going to take outlined in my mind for months, I had it all written down and in my pocket ready to go. But when it came down to it, my nerves got the best of me and I failed to deliver. I handed the hand written speech to them after the wedding and told them to open it on the first night of their honeymoon. That made me feel a little better. Anyway, I wish everyone could have as much happiness and fun as they do together.

All of it was gorgeous. It was a great afternoon/evening/night of friends, family, and celebration. So much happened that it’s hard to remember it all. My brother and Pandy are two of the most important people in my life and I wish them the best of everything life has to offer.

Congratulations!!!

The sunset on Lake Peigneur :: My brothers wedding :: Jefferson Island, LA
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Late Sweltering Nights

On Saturday I went to a backyard BBQ/ summer kickoff party. It was a lot of fun. Tons of good grub, and beer, and all you can drink mojitos with fresh crushed mint. It was a little bit of a different crew than I see normally so it was great to mix it up that way too.

The Gypsie Swing Revue :: Summer Kickoff Party 2006 :: Denver

Our wonderful hosts booked Gypsy Swing Revue to play for the shindig. Their sound is a throw back to the 30’s and 40’s with large influences from Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli (they played songs by both of these artists), and the like. If you’re so inclined, you can check them out most Wednesday nights at the Snug. It was the perfect music for dancing through a late, sweltering, Denver night. The band was talked into playing till 12:30 in the morning, allowing everyone to get there dancing shoes well greased.

Summer Kickoff Party 2006 :: Denver

Strict Confidentiality

I had another fun weekend up in Breckenridge. This time it was for my brothers bachelor party. As the best man (and a willing participant), I am under a strict confidentiality clause as to what exactly happened during said gathering. I can tell you, however, we were fortunate enough to get to stay at this place. It slept 21, included a pool table, hot tub, enormous deck, fooseball table, large screen TV, grill, backyard zip-line, Nintendo game cube, high-speed internet, and boobs.

No Bumps & Brunch

On Friday I went up to Brekenridge.

My brother introduced me to a group of friends who were “displaced” by hurricane Katrina last summer. Suddenly, finding themselves homeless, a group of them decided to move out to Colorado, rent a house in Breckenridge, find some jobs in town, and become ski bums for the winter season. Brilliant! This weekend was the last weekend they were living in town (some are moving down to Denver, another is going back to NOLA). This was my last weekend to take advantage of the fact they lived so close to the mountains. Because it snowed another two inches, on what I was expecting to be a spring day, I decided to opt out of the skiing. I did not fail to take advantage of the hot tub though (and the partying going on around it). This also probably contributes to my not going skiing. As always though, a fun time was had by all.

Easter brunch was spent at my Fathers. All the traditional stuff plus figs. I had three deviled eggs, which has become my deviled egg norm. Afterward, my brother, Pandy, and I went to visit my Grandma. It just so happened that her old neighbors who helped her out so much when she was in the springs were there too. It was nice to see Grandma was getting other visitors and gave us plenty to talk about. Grandma seemed much happier than normal. That makes for a wonderful Easter. Dinner was over at G’s aunt’s house.

That’s a whole lot of ham for one day.

Zoinks

Good god yall’ll. Wassa Shoobidy Doobidy. Woooo. Hoohaa. Jussa lil ole quick update ta letcha knows what’ve been upta.

  • I went to the office holiday party and Zengos. Oh my god that food is good. We needed a good tapas place in Denver.
  • Hung out with Leber at the old (red) haunt.
  • Sang Wings’ “Maybe I’m Amazed” on the Karaoke night at Shamrock. Two people actually left the bar because of my singing and one guy yelled out “Stay away from him!!!”. I shit you not. It made G cry, in a good way. I think it was in a good way.
  • Went to a holiday party at Side Effects (champagne and caviar can make me uncomfortable for several resons).
  • Moved my grandma out of the Alzheimer’s unit and into regular assisted living (great news!!)
  • Ate at Deluxe. It was absolutely scrum-dilly-icious but a bit pricey.
  • Spent an evening boozing it up at the Bannock Street Garage.
  • Worked my ass off till at least 7:00 every single fucking weeknight.
  • Zoinks
  • What It’s all About


    G’s Birthday Cake, Denver

    Friday was all about holding babies and eating greasy hamburgers from the Candlelight.

    Saturday was all about cleaning the house (pre party), seeing my old friend Crazy Dr. Pete on a surprise visit from Seattle, G’s 30th birthday party, and whooping it up.

    Sunday was all about cleaning the house (post party), a quick trip to the mall, a meal with new friends (cabbage rolls but they had a funny name) and sleeping on the couch.

    The last three sentences were all about this past weekend.

    Wasted Youth

    I felt bad coming into work this morning. Not because I didn’t want to be there. In fact, I’m looking forward to today because I’m going to cut out early in order to go golfing this afternoon. No, work has nothing to do with it. I felt bad because I completely wasted the weekend and didn’t even realize how big of a waste it was till I sat down in my little cube this morning. Oh well. It was relaxing anyway. I had lots of time on the couch. We like each other – me and my couch.

    A highlight of the weekend was going over to Gijyun’s for a little off the wagon party. I invited along my brother and Pandy. It’s always interesting meeting other bloggers for the first time. This was no exception. Gijyun was really cool, our conversations flowed really easy and we were even often talking over each other, and my brother and Pandy (as well as myself) totally loved hanging around and getting to know her. Somehow we all ended up getting a little loud and we managed to piss off the neighbors which is always a bonus in my book. Anyway, I had a great time, thanks Gijyun.

    Laguna – Day Two (The Wedding)


    Beach Legs, Laguna Beach, California

    The next morning We all headed down to the beach for a couple of hours before the wedding.


    Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach, California


    Husband & Wife, Laguna Beach California


    Rooftop Reception, Laguna Beach California

    The wedding was beautiful. One of the best locations for a wedding I’ve been to. Of course, I’m a sucker for the beach and have never been to a beach wedding before, so it was all kinds of new and exciting. The bride and groom wrote their own vows and the ceremony was casual, short, and sweet. The reception was held on the on the rooftop of the nearby beach hotel La Casa Del Camino and was tons of fun. Everyone was having such a good time that the entire wedding party had to be kicked off the roof and later kicked off the hotel grounds. We almost didn’t get a chance to throw our shredded coconut (remember, beach theme) at the bride and groom. After the reception I joined the majority of the wedding party at the Sandpiper, a hole in the wall bar down the block. After whooping it up at the bar for a while, I joined a bunch of friends down at the beach for a while.