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Day 2528

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It was a record hot week in central New York this past week. Thursday Syracuse topped 100 (rare up here) We golfed Friday while it was in the mid-90’s. Our hotel rooms A/C unit was struggling but able to maintain the room so it was cooler & dryer than outside.

On my way to Syracuse Friday morning for the wedding golf outing I learned that I-90 was closed at exit 42 – 45 miles from home and exactly 1/2 way to my destination. A semi rear ended a tour bus at about 1:30 in the morning. When the truck hit, both vehicles burst into fame. Miraculously only the truck driver was killed. The clean up & investigation was going to be a lengthy one though.

I was lucky enough to be able to divert south and then east on back roads before I got hung up on I-90. I tried heading up to I-90 again at a point beyond the crash (restricted access – exits can be 15 – 20 miles apart at times) Traffic was backed up more than a mile before the highway access. The only reason any of us were inching up was that other people were bailing out and turning around. I bailed too and kept working my way east on county & state roads. Fun. Slow.

I allowed about 40 minutes extra time for the trip, figuring that if I got there early I could hit the putting green or maybe hit a bucket of balls. Ended up getting there 3 minutes late. Not bad at all really, and I beat both of my boys. They had to wait for Eric to finish throwing up. Apparently the bachelor party the night before was still having a wee bit of an effect on him.

Anyhow. Golf was fun. Hot, but fun. Rehearsal went fine, rehearsal dinner was great. Food was excellent, the restaurants A/C was working good, everybody in the wedding party got along super.

Wedding day was nice and relaxing to start. Found a little diner for breakfast, didn’t have to settle for Denny’s or Perkins. Had only one job to do – shuttle the guys back to Eric’s apartment after they all dropped their cars off at the hotel where the reception was to be held. Easy day. Three of Cindy’s cousins and their husbands showed up around 1pm. They were vacationing in the area. Being between stops (they were headed for a camp in the Adirondacks), they stopped in to freshen up before the wedding. Eight people taking a shower in our hotel suite! Thank heavens it was a suite too, or we’d all have seen more of each other than we bargained for.

The church had A/C. Sort of. 110+ people in the sanctuary at 3 in the afternoon wasn’t too bad. But – those same people in the narthex going through the receiving line? Not good. The line formed the wrong way and actually blocked the exit door. Not that anyone was in a hurry to step out into the 95 degree heat, but that narthex got nasty fast.

Back at the hotel, we got the reception rolling. Of course, the hotel wouldn’t open the reception room until PRECISELY 5:00, so some of the partying started in folks rooms. I think one of my brothers may be implicated in that. I wouldn’t know – I had other folks to tend to and my own stash to work from.

Reception itself was super. The DJ did a great job – did what he had to do but for the most part stayed out of the way. He was also really good at keeping the dance floor packed. The kids provided him with a play list that he stuck to pretty well, but if a song was losing folks on the dance floor he’d fade it out and put on something dance-able again. I gotta add – Kelly’s family are a bunch of dancing fools too.

Best part of all – our family has expanded again. We’ve gained a great new daughter and her entire clan too. Couldn’t be more thrilled with how everything turned out. Without further ado – some pictures of the festivities.

The Place

Reception Hall is furthest back. The Limestone Grill is the Hotels (excellent!!) restaurant

The Cake

Yes, Eric is 6'1" and Kelly is 5'0". It'll work out, I'm sure.

Zach did a fine, fine job with the toast. Got me a little teary even.

The Boys & I. Shoulda done this on the 4th of July!

Stack of games is from Cindy's cousins. Awesome idea. It included a gift certificate to a local Hibachi grill the kids love. Photos are wedding pictures of the kids parents & grand parents. Another awesome idea!

The soon to be new parents

Kelly and her Dad. They sang the song to each other while they danced to keep from crying. It almost worked.

Cake Cutting

They couldn't stop doing this!

Dance action. Yes, the song was "Kung Fu Fighting"

Eric and I, gettting late

Still late, Zach and I

The new, updated collection of family gals.

All night I felt like there was a liner in my tux pants. 12:30 that evening I finally discovered there was! Is that really necessary when it's 95 freakin degrees?

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5 responses

  1. Congrats on the expanded family. Looks like y’all had a blast.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

  2. G.G AKA Ethel

    Aww, a lovely wedding. And look at you all spiffed up!

    July 27, 2011 at 12:25 am

  3. Looks like a low-key, but very fun affair. Thanks for including a cake shot – I always love some bakery porn. Looks like you guys were having such a great time, albeit a bit warm 🙂 Congratulations!

    July 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

    • Brian

      Hiya Rox,

      The whole weekend was a lot of fun – all planned by the kids. We “adults” managed to stay out of the way and let their plan hatch all on it’s own. Heck – it was their vision for their wedding. We were all too happy to enable it. Best part was they had a solid plan and it came off smoooooooth.

      The bakery porn – it was a sugary whipped cream frosting, not butter creme. Good vanilla & chocolate cakes. Moist, solid, nothing fancy – just something easy to do well. As for the decorations – Kelly is NUTS for polka dots. Eric would have been a mad man to refuse her the dots.

      Never showed Kel’s shoes either – neon/lime green. Rebelling inside while being a conformist on the outside. Don’t we all – even if only a little bit?

      Time to track down a job lead or three. New Orleans was offering relocation assistance for people in my field – and I do love me some gumbo . . .

      Take care, Brian

      July 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm

  4. Everyone looks smashing, what a happy day, congrats, Brian and fam!

    July 28, 2011 at 6:07 am

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