Love holiday weekends. Particularly when you get a day off after driving for ten hours in the previous two days.
Reunion was great. It was so good to see everyone. I only wish more people could have made it. So many people look exactly the same, which is great because it certainly lessened the possibility of “who the hell are you?” and a surrepticious glance at the name tag. (Not that it didn’t happen once or twice, but I won’t name any names.)
George and I left right at 3:30, and made it out of New Orleans without hitting too much traffic. And then we got to Baton Rouge. The interstate goes through the city in about ten or twelve miles. So on a day with no traffic, you can drive through it in less than fifteen minutes. Unfortunately, we hit it right at Memorial Day Weekend Rush Hour Traffic (TM). Took us two hours. I had to pee the whole time. George, while admirably patient through most of it, nearly lost it when we had about two miles (and twenty minutes) left. The rest of the trip zoomed by and we made it to Natchitoches by 9. Went straight to the Ramada and saw Maura, Ann, Kettie, Bill, Erik, Betsy, Allison, etc, etc. It was so great. I am so glad we were able to go up on Friday. Drank a few beers, chatted with everyone, and went back to The Best Bed & Breakfast in the World (TM). Okay, I guess that isn’t fair to all of the other B&B’s on Earth, especially considering this is the first one I’ve stayed in. But it was so nice. Antique furniture, our own bathroom, our own deck overlooking the beautiful backyard, a little bottle of wine, and the next morning, a delicious breakfast. It was just so cool. I want to go back!
Saturday morning, we got up and ate breakfast with Kettie, Maura, Donald, and two other couples. Then we sat in the upstairs parlor and watched the Senior Class Video. Poor George. After that, we walked around downtown, went in the shops and then stopped for a beer (George’s request) at a rather nice pubby-type bar. Very nice for Natchitoches. Then we went to Lasyone’s for meat pies. Yummmmm.
Went back to the hotel, met up with some people, then went to the high school building for a class picture and a little reception. Was cool to see the building again. On the way back (in Rebecca’s jeep) we stopped at Maggio’s for a daiquiri and then went back to the hotel to hang out by the pool with everyone. After a while, everyone went in to get ready for dinner.
Dinner was at the Landing. Food was not very exciting, but whatever. It was a lot of fun. Talked to more people, handed out sponsor forms (as if I’d let this opportunity pass me by) and collected $80. Not bad! Everyone went to the pubby-type bar after that until we were too tired to stay out any more.
Went back to hotel. I tried to meet up with people to hang out some more, but didn’t have much luck, so I went to sleep. Sunday morning was the breakfast at Merci Beaucoup. Fun again. Yummy food again.
I guess the whole weekend doesn’t sound very exciting, but it really was a lot of fun. Who knows when I’ll see some of these people again? Hopefully sooner than ten years. Oh, and pictures of the reunion are here.
I just relaxed yesterday. Terry and I went to see Bruce Almighty. Was funny. Bought wedding presents for Ann and Kettie. Read and watched TV for the rest of the day.