Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wedding #5

Shafts of sunlight shone down through the redwoods. For a moment, birds stopped their chatter. Men wept. Even the little ants crawling along the forest stopped in a moment of reverence as two souls, perfect for each other in each way became one in the eyes of the State of California.

Girls, do you want this perfect wedding moment? Talk to my friend Veronica who constructed the most beautiful moment of marriage you could construct without a billowing John Williams score and a full movie production team.

Last week, I attended the wedding of two of my good friends, Dylan and Veronica. Dylan and I played lacrosse at Stanford together, Veronica and I were classmates, and the both of them lived my co-op Chi Theta Chi. These two have been in love for a long time in a type of relationship that everyone envies for its naturalness. It was only fitting for the two of them to get married in a perfect splendorous blast of awesomeness.

Their ceremony was in this awesome redwood grove in Woodside, CA and included some really cool, meaningful stuff including a multi-lingual reading (now that I think about it, Victor and Cady did something similar... three-cheers for weddings in Spanish!) and a sand-mingling ceremony. After the ceremony, we had a delicious dinner and then we got our dance on. It was really great to see Dylan and Veronica, as well as our eclectic range of mutual friends, from tour-guides and lacrosse guys to the co-op community.

Have you ever been to a black-tie wedding with an 8-piece funk band? If you have not, you have never lived, my friend.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Back to the Bay (70 Things)

From Seattle, I flew down to the Bay Area, where I began my young adult life. Because this was the last time for me to see college friends and others before leaving for Italy, I packed my schedule for the week leading up to Dylan and Veronica's wedding (the reason I flew here in the first place). My week in the Bay Area was so busy, I can't even describe it in complete sentences. Instead, I will list the 70 things that I did. If you're curious, email me or chat me and I can tell you some good stories. It was a very fun (but tiring) week.

1. Landed in San Jose and took the train to Stanford!
2. Hung around my old alma mater, did a bunch of work and visited my old job at Stanford.
3. Went to the Stanford Band rehearsal where I played with Joel and Tanicia's kids.
4. Went to the Dutch Goose to celebrate Tom's birthday
5. Hung out with Liz and her housemates
6. Slept for some small amount of hours
7. Went back to Stanford to get more work done in the sweet Alumni Center Library
8. Went to Vaden Health Center to Obtain Proof that I won't get measles
9. Took a Golf Cart Tour that made me realize that not everyone is meant to be a tour guide
10. Worked more and studied for my final exam for my online Econ class
11. Took the CalTrain up to SF to stay with the amazing hostesses Marie and Tina
12. Slept for some small amount of hours.
13. Took the first half of my final exam for econ
14. Took the BART to Oakland to get lunch with my sister Kimi.
15. Had an awkward conversation with my sister's boss who considers my school "very conservative"
16. Took the BART back to SF to meet up with my buddy Zach who will be in Italy with me
17. Went over to the headquarters of the place I've been consulting for for a work meeting
18. Went to a happy hour with above work people at the 21st Amendment
19. Left happy hour to go to a dinner with some SF people who are my friends. We ate Thai
20. Went back to Marie and Tina's for some quality hang-out time
21. Slept for some small amount of hours.
22. Got up early and took BART to Berkeley to borrow my sister's Prius
23. Bought a peach at Safeway so I could get cashback and pay for the new $6 Bay Bridge toll
24. Picked up my buddy Becca from SFO
25. Parked in the Mission district
26. Took the second half of my econ final
27. Got back into the Prius and drove to Woodside, CA
28. Found a place in Woodside that would press my tuxedo for the Saturday wedding but not my suit for the Friday rehearsal dinner
29. Met up with Dylan's bachelor party and a limo at the Dutch Goose
30. Shot things with guns
31. General Mayhem
32. Hijinks
33. Shenanigans
34. Dinner at the Dutch Goose with Veronica's bachelorette party
35. Drove to Marie and Tina's to change and regroup
36. Drove to Sausalito to pick up Zach (mentioned earlier)
37. Drove with Zach to Berkeley to Kimi's place
38. Slept a negligible amount of hours with a cat on my face
39. Met up with Kimi's friends and drove to Auburn where Kimi's friend is a rafting instructor
40. Learned things, like how to blow up a raft
41. Chilled, ate some lunch. (Notice the lack of meals in this list?)
42. Rafted down a bunch of rapids
43. Teamwork
44. Said farewell to my sister Kimi and drove with Zach back to Sausalito
45. Dropped off Zach in Sausalito, drove to Woodside
46. Arrived just in time for Dylan and Veronica's rehearsal dinner
47. Changed out of dirty rafting clothes into my sweet-looking suit in the car
48. Ate what I thought was the main course
49. Listened to a capella music about Dylan and Veronica's love
50. Discovered that the "main course" was just a salad course and that I could eat all the meats
51. Left the rehearsal dinner with a warm glow in my heart
52. Hung out with Liz and her housemates in their sweet cabin-house thing
53. Became the Foursquare mayor of Liz's house
54. Slept a negligible amount
55. Woke up extremely early and drove back to Berkeley to return Kimi's Car
56. Bought a new tuxedo vest (mine was lost at some point)
57. Ate some bread
58. Re-borrowed Kimi's car
59. Drove back to Woodside to pick up my tuxedo
60. Made the lady at the dry cleaner feel really guilty for not having my tie ready because I was going to leave the Bay Area and never come back
61. Drove to SF and got dressed for the main event
62. Got to know my friend Becca's boyfriend Pedro (cool dude)
63. The main event!
64. Drove to Berkeley to drop off Kimi's car and say goodbye
65. Took BART back to SF
66. Slept for a negligible amount of hours
67. Had my awesome super-friend Marie drive me to SFO.
68. Hated on United Airlines
69. Got over it
70. Said farewell to the Bay Area and everyone in it

As you might have guessed. This week made me very sleepy. Stay tuned for the next week when I also stayed up late, but this time for studying instead of fun!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Seattle Shenanigans

After Cady and Victor's wedding, a bunch of us drove up to Seattle to hang out with Seattle friends and our friend Plotz, who drove up from Portland. We spent some time at a beach near the Lake Washington locks and i was pleasantly surprised by the day's warmth and general sunniness. After a dinner that involved an inchworm, we watched the Hangover at an outdoor community theater. Later that night we chilled at an awesome bar that had shuffle board and darts and giant mugs of delicious beer.

On Sunday, after a day at the Seattle Zoo, I found myself eating some pretty bomb Thai food at a park on Angle Lake, listening to a funk band. Seattle is really awesome and I would totally live there, but I know that it's trying to trick me because every time I'm not visiting, it is depressingly cloudy and rainy all the time. You can't pull a fast one on me, Seattle.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wedding #4

I'm writing from the beautiful state of Washington, where I just had the honor of watching two extremely amazing people promise to spend their lives together.

Victor and Cady had a beautiful ceremony in Gig Harbor, a quiet little town outside of Seattle, surrounded by the beautiful waters of Puget Sound. These two kids also have a lot of super great friends, some I already knew, and some I met, who flew in from all over the country to celebrate. This was definitely the most twentysomething-heavy wedding I've been to all year, which certainly makes for some great dancing (although I'll have to give props to the little kids at the wedding, who had moves that would make Michael Jackson weep with joy).

Congratulations Cady and Victor. You are going to have a pretty sweet life together.

Note 8/5/2010: Maybe the brevity of my post doesn't give it credit, but this wedding was AMAZING. I might never have so much fun ever again.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Goodbye San Diego, Hello Suitcase!

After a month and a half of some high-quality home time, it is time for me to leave. My super awesome (but truncated) summer allowed me to catch up with some old high school friends, have some great bonding time with my sister Jen, make some money with my consulting job, and begin my studies for school this fall.

Today, I leave on a 3-week wedding adventure that will take me to Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and back to San Diego before I begin pre-term classes at SAIS. I'm extremely excited to celebrate the love of my friends, dance my butt off and live the vacation life.

For the curious, I'm in Washington, DC from July 25 - August 24 taking intensive intermediate economics before I head out to Italy.

I spent my last evening in San Diego sitting at Torrey Pines Beach, watching the sunset with my sister and chomping on some In'n'Out. You will be missed, San Diego.

On to some adventures!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Celebrating Japanese-American Friendship

So I thought of a whole bunch of names for this blog post, but they all seemed like they could offend someone for their World War II references, so I opted for this boring title. It should suffice to say that I got to go onto a Japanese warship last weekend and it was pretty sweet.

This year is apparently the 50th anniversary of the Mutual Cooperation and Defense Treaty between the United States and Japan. The Japan Society of San Diego put on a cool little celebration in downtown San Diego. My mom's side of the family is pretty involved in the Buddhist Temple of San Diego, so I was asked to volunteer at the event, representing the Temple.

They only really needed me to staff the booth while some of our volunteers were doing a Bon Odori dance exhibition, so I had a chance to wander around. Guess what was parked outside the event? Three giant Japanese warships! We all know that the Japanese constitution forbids Japan to have an army or a navy, but it sure looks like they found a few loopholes. I got to tour two of the ships and they had all the usual war stuff: missiles, helicopters and big cannon-looking things. It was pretty awesome. Each ship had tons of Japanese sailors on it, standing at attention. They weren't super intimidating, the way I would imagine Chinese soldiers would be, but they still made me uneasy because I've recently watched HBO's The Pacific.

Anyway, I had some good Japanese food, got to see some cool performances, and I sold some Japanese wares at my Temples booth (all proceeds go to a scholarship fund). Go Japan! Go USA! Too bad you both lost in the World Cup!