Warning: inane content ahead. It is a journal of what we did while on vacation. It is not particularly well-written, and should you decide to read it, you will likely experience an overwhelming sense of boredom similar to watching someone else’s home videos. Proceed with caution.
We headed up to the house in Mendocino, and on the way we stopped for dinner at Kelly’s grandma’s house. We pulled in at 6:30pm, and it was still oppressively hot. If memory serves correctly, it was still in the 102F range. Nothing a little pizza from the local pizza parlor couldn’t fix, though. For being such a rinky dink little hole in the wall, they sure make great pizzas.
After about an hour layover, we forged on to the coast. Highway 20 between Willits and Fort Bragg is extremely windy. I was trying not to make Kelly and Troy sick, so I was taking it easy around the corners. We made it through with 0 barf-related incidents.
The house we stayed at was amazing. We had a big room downstairs, with a nice window seat. There was also a huge TV room and a bathroom that we had all to ourselves.
Upstairs, there was a large kitchen, a big family room with a fireplace, and a TV room with a huge TV. The master bedroom and a third bedroom were also upstairs.
It is a very nice house. My words don’t even begin to do it justice. You’ll just have to take a look for yourself:
So, thanks, Mom & Dad! That was one bitchin’ beach house!
A friend from college, Pauly, and his wife Valerie just notified us that they are expecting their first child. Here's to a healthy and happy pregnancy!
Also, I just received exciting news from another college friend, Sean. In addition to accepting a big promotion at his current job, he just became engaged to his long-time girlfriend Colleen.
Many thanks to my family for coming over to celebrate. Little Man got me a new 22.5" Weber One Touch Silver charcoal grill (how did he know???), and we used it to 'cue up some juicy cheeseburgers. Coupled with the various side dishes and ice cream brought by the guests, we had an awesome early summer BBQ.
I couldn't have asked for a better day.
Congratulations to my buddy Matt, his wife Heather, and their entire family on the birth of Matt and Heather's baby daughter Delaney!
So I spent the past weekend in Vegas at my buddy Dan’s bachelor party.
It was fun.
(Congrats, Dan! Can’t wait for the wedding.)
Edit: Much like my high school reunion, seeing most of these guys in Vegas was like a time warp. I hadn’t seen the groom-to-be, Dan, in almost 3 years. Similarly, I have seen the other guys only sparingly since we graduated — like, maybe once per year. But after the initial "Oh, hey, what are you doing now?" chit chat, it was just like being back in college, hanging around the house, or being in a chapter meeting, shooting the shit. The only difference I noticed was that we can now afford NOT to pack 15 smelly dudes into one hotel room. That’s one change I am overwhelmingly happy to embrace.
It’s a great feeling to be able to pick up right where you left off, even though much has changed over the years.
On Sunday, we visited Kelly's grandma in Healdsburg and got our last (semi-)generational photo:
Missing from the picture is Kelly's father, who was unable to make it.
Also on Sunday, we hung out with Kelly's brother Chuck, his girlfriend Becky, and her family in Petaluma. They fixed us a feast and entertained us on the back porch on a beautiful, temperate afternoon. They live on 1.5 acres, and some deer live behind their house. Several times while we were sitting back there, the deer wandered by the fence on the back of the property. Very cool.
Anyway, they're nice folks, and I'm glad we had the chance to meet them.
Auntie Darci recently gave Troy his First Giants Tee as a gift. Here is the ensuing conversation regarding team choice, in its entirety:
Me: What if he's an A's fan?
AD: He's a Giants fan.
Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Kelly’s mom, and, of course, to Kelly.
We have known for a while now that our friends, the Eoffs, will be having a baby in September. What we didn’t know was the sex of the little peanut. Well, now we do! Danny and Greta are expecting a baby girl! Congrats!
Edit: Please participate in my latest poll.
Thanks to Bret and Vanessa for a fabulous evening of dinner and drinks. The tri-tip was outstanding, and the shrimp? Oh, the shrimp… Succulent. Juicy. Cajuny. Very, very good.
Sadly, I was too distracted by Señor Coors Light to even attempt to take any pictures, so you’ll have to use your imagination. Or, look at some of our old ones.