Monday, October 15, 2007

Does anyone know any Minnesota puns?

Because I was trying to come up with a cute/cheesy title for this blog post, which is about how we went to Jeremy's college friend Spencer's wedding in the Twin Cities this weekend, and I couldn't think of a single pun.

Anyway, I had been afraid that we were pushing it, flying to a wedding just two weeks before our own, but I have to say it was the best escape from wedding planning I've had in months. We just danced and drank and had a good time, and didn't think about our wedding at all. OK, we didn't think about our wedding much. OK, I thought about it a little. But there was only so much I could to, as Jeremy had forced me to leave the laptop at home for the weekend.

Our rental car was a Subaru Forester, which transported me back to my Alaska days, when I drove a black Forester. I loved that car. Here is a picture of the one we rented, which had an awesome sunroof.



Plus, it matched my coat.

So, since we were at a wedding, I feel that we have to post a picture of the bride and groom. Unfortunately, I didn't take a single good photo of them. This is the best one:



The wedding was Jeremy's first reunion in years with his college buddies. Apparently, he was known back then as "Blondie," and it was kind of wierd to hear everyone referring to him that way. Seems he was a bit of a partier in college - seriously! Who'da thunk it?





It was a karaoke wedding, and so, I finally got to sing karaoke. It took me awhile to pick a song, because all the best songs are about heartache, and I thought it might be a faux pas to bust out "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" at a wedding. So I sang "Something to Talk About" instead, and this nice girl came up and helped me out:



Then there was a cup pyramid.



And the night ended with what I am told is a revered tradition at a bar these boys used to frequent. It involved, among other things, loud singing of Billy Joel's "Piano Man." I had to crop the photo to protect the innocent (this is the Internet, after all), but trust me when I say that it was a sight to behold ...



All in all, an entertaining evening.

Also during our stay in Minnesota, we visited the Mall of America, which was a short drive from our hotel. It's a mile-long loop of stores wrapped around an indoor amusement park. My favorite part was the Lego dinosaur park:



And of course, we had to ride the ferris wheel, which brings our total up to four. I don't think that there will be much opportunity for ferris wheel riding in Kabul, but you never know.



The End.

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