Wednesday, August 24, 2005
RA training has also begun, and I met the new kid who lives in my former room. He's cool. I approve. I miss those people though. And I also have all this stuff with PSFA to get done or at least started before I go. I hope things go well. Speaking of which, there are a whole lot of people I will miss, but very limited amounts of time to hang out before I go because I have to spend that time with my parents at the building. Hope I get to do everything I want to do and see the people I want to see in the time that I have. I hope.
P.S. This is the new teaser poster for X-Men 3. I soiled myself when I saw this.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Joe posed for some pictures. He was a good sport about it. But then I had to take advantage of some of the more scenic and aesthetic features Dubuque had to offer. Inevitably, I took some pretentious landscapes in black and white.
On Monday, we went to this place called Galena. It's one of those Midwest towns where shops line the streets, people are everywhere, and it's kind of in this century but not (mostly because of all of the antique shops). It was a great day and we saw a lot of old, cool things. But what was most impressive was our trip to Vinny Vannucchi's Italian Restaurant. Best Italian food I have ever had. Ever. Ever in my whole life. Period. Oh man. Getting hungry again.
This trip was da bomb shiz. Glad I got a chance to see the American Midwest, meet new people, experience the transition from 'soda' to 'pop,' but most importantly, to be a significant part, yet again, of quite possibly the biggest milestone of these two people's lives. Thanks for everything guys.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
The ceremony was smooth, short and sweet. :) And then Ben complained about the thousands of pictures that were taken after the ceremony. But the Arboretum was a location the photographer (nor I) could pass up. So we went crazy with the cameras.
The reception was held at the Clarke College Atrium, a grand glass-enclosed reception hall with a staircase, a fountain and columns that surround the dining space. The food was beyond belief. The music resounded. And man oh man, did I get a buzz going.
But the reception was anything but smooth. At the beginning. The lady Audra had commissioned to create the wedding cake (I swear to GOD that she was the same lady as the psychic in the movie Poltergeist) came to the reception, as we were eating, to cut the cake. What she DID NOT realize was that her cake looked like severe ASS and was not going to be cut and served. She had a cow when she was told about her cake, but Sarah, Audra's awesome sister and the matron of honor, chewed her out royally. Poltergeist lady threw a hissy fit and dumped her cake in the trashcan, storming out of the reception and that was that. The rest of the reception involved my consumption of whiskey sours, rum and cokes, miller lights, heineken, white zins and a WHOLE lot of dancing. I made a toast. I sang a song. We danced. And we celebrated the marriage of two very good friends throughout the night.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
I decided that the night before their wedding day was the most appropriate time to have something written down here. Now, despite the relentless fun I’ve had here in Dubuque,
Our fourteen-hour drive here was actually not that bad. It’s never hard to have a fun time with Audra, and so our hours and miles were filled with movie games, twenty questions, the geography game, much karaoke and some mishaps with food. Also, we took some good pictures and she felt the need to prepare me for meeting her family this week. Altogether, trekking across
This week has been amazing though. Finally, I have a much more holistic view of this country. I met Audra’s family, a cornucopia of close dear relatives and insane (evil) stepsiblings (cough cough
Joe and Hailee came today, thank god, and they just made the atmosphere a little lighter, especially at the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner picnic, also where Audra and Ben gave me a beer tankard for a gift that beautifully had engraved on it, “Reverend ‘All-Star’ Don.” I really started missing friends from home too, and can’t help but feel that I’m fucking up a lot of things here, even though I know maybe its just Audra blowing off steam and de-stressing when she gives me that look. I hope I haven’t actually fucked anything up.
But they’ve just been so nice and they deserve such a good wedding that I want to make sure nothing goes wrong for them tomorrow. You can say that after having met some of their families and watching how they’ve reacted to some of the more unfortunate aspects of this week, I’ve gotten pretty protective of the two of them. This will be interesting…and fun. Enough people know how to line-dance to Earth, Wind & Fire’s September, I’m going to help sing their first dance, Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, and the couple only have hours before they will be married. I’m really excited.
And I’m really nervous. But I’m really excited.
To Be Continued.