Sunday, June 29, 2008
1 A Fun Weekend Filled With Lots of Activity!
This was weekend was great! I just came back from my hometown, where I attended the town's Fourth of July parade & my 20th high school reunion the previous afternoon & evening (respectively). It was a total blast.
It was really fun catching up with so many of my classmates at the reunion. Over half of out class showed up! Everyone was hugging everyone, laughing, & most people seemed to be having a really good time. In fact, we were having so much fun that they had to kick us out of the first facility (LOL!), & then we all headed over to a local pub to continue the fun there. At 1:30 am, the party was still going strong, & again, they had to flicker the lights several times to move us out! ;-)
To my total amazement, lots of my classmates told me they were reading my blogs & had also visited my online stores. Wow, that totally blew me away. The nice thing is that I didn't have to say much about what I was up to, because most of them already knew from reading my blogs! ;-)
However, it didn't save my vocal cords, because I spent most of the evening asking people how & what they were doing, & exchanging hilarious stories & memories with friends. By the end of the night, I could barely speak, even after several glasses of water! ;-)
The next morning (i.e., this morning!) around 8:30 am, my sister & I went for a short walk (which lasted about a 1/2 hour or so). It was slightly overcast, but very pleasant. Since the weekend was a very short visit (we got in very late on Friday night & had to leave by the early afternoon today), it was nice to have the time to spend together with my sister. We had a lot of fun on our walk, & coincidentally, waved hello to some family friends of ours who were running on the opposite side of the road, whom we'd seen downtown at the Fourth of July parade just the previous afternoon! ;-)
Speaking of which, our town's Fourth of July parade is a fairly big spectacle, & is usually held a few days before Independence Day. People come from all over to see, & also be in, the parade. The last time I'd been to the town's Fourth of July parade was when I was a little girl. It's gotten a lot bigger since then, & is a truly fantastic event!
This year, the parade started off with a roaring B-25 bomber flying directly over the parade route; the plane flew so low that there was only a few feet between the tops of the buildings & the plane! There were marching bands from all over, fire trucks & police cars, parade floats & cars containing veterans, representatives from Congress & other political offices, & people from various organizations in the community. Of course, we knew a lot of people from the community who were in the parade, so it was great fun waving to everyone!
There were several people in the parade throwing candy & pennies, & of course little kids scrambling everywhere to collect it. By the parade's end, there were kids walking around with gigantic bags of "booty," stuffed to the hilt with almost every kind of candy imaginable. (That's a lot of post-parade hyperactivity. One can only imagine the fallout. Those poor parents! ;-) ) Even when it started to rain midway through the parade, that didn't stop the kids from unabashedly going after their precious candy as it was floating "down river"! One kid even squeezed the water out of the treats he'd scooped out the water & then put a few of them right in his mouth! (Yikes! I wonder where his parents were at that moment!)
My sister & I snapped lots of pictures of the parade; I'm going to post mine on Flickr soon....
Anyhow, it was a great weekend. It was truly enjoyable to spend time reconnecting with family & friends!