12 June 2009

Kateapalooza (iii) | Socializing

I would have preferred nothing more than several drinks at the Mandalay Bay Beach after the great swimsuit debacle of 2009. Instead I wore my old (loose) top, my (extremely loose) bottoms, and (non-matching) shorts to Melissa's pool, where we had water. We had planned on margaritas, but there was what I would call a measuring malfunction and we found we did not have enough mix.

Pool time was relaxing, albeit extremely windy. Ross & I sat in the hot tub, mustering the chutzpah to get into the pool. Kate & Melissa stayed on chairs and we discussed the Fire & Rain Firefighter Auction. Melissa was to be an emcee. She had met with the firefighters and was telling us about them. I was not impressed by their pictures or their bios. When a guy says his ideal date is to cook and talk, I find myself asking "really? You just want to chat?" I admit I'm a skeptic.

Melissa went to meet a visiting cousin. Kate & I went home to make dinner, which was a lot more intense than we thought. The plan was baked potatoes, broccoli, and grilled chicken. The outcome was also baked potatoes, broccoli, and grilled chicken -- just an hour later than we had planned. Kate refused to believe it takes an hour to bake a potato properly. Ross underestimated how long chicken (with bone) takes on the grill. I felt responsible, because I believe I suggested both the potatoes and the chicken. It was after 8 when we finished eating. We had invited people to an event at 9. The scramble was officially "on."

We were fashionably late, and after two seat changes seated along a long (giggle) wall at Kona Grill. I think the waitstaff hated us. The fact that there was an 18% gratuity added to all of our tabs further convinced me.

"I haven't shaved in three days. I look like a man." - jhu

I love my friends. I love that they make time to come see me when I visit. I love that they get along, so that I can leave them amongst themselves while I mingle. I don't like being the center of attention, more like the reason for the season. I had a fantastic time and I hope all my friends did too. Of course I cannot divulge what was discussed, or what gossip was gleaned. But I will say it was insightful. And I can't wait to do it again.

Kate & I then went home and ate a lot of cake. Delicious.

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