As Sat Night Continues...Wedding Receptions, Bull Riding, and My Turn to Flash!

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Me, Mel, Talia, and James with the band!

So, Mel and I are ready to head out with James to the first venue which is the private cellar dining location for wine and coffee, etc.  On our way, James realizes he left the “drink for” signs in his room, along with a couple other surprise necessities.  We can’t get a hold of Eric or anyone as they are off renting bikes for their Sunday morning ride.  James gets a call from Talia (Tali08) that she’s on her way.  We decide to have James drop Mel and I off so we will be there as people show up.  We go inside the same place we were so they can tell us how to get to the basement.  She tells us she will take us but that the party is not until 5pm now.  WTF? We were told 3pm.

Shawn and I
  She said she will go check but doesn’t think it’s set up yet.  We stand around for about 15 minutes when she finally takes up downstairs where Mark has been waiting for about 45 minutes!!!!  Uuuuugh!

 

Come to find out, one of their big surprises is Mark and his other friend Mark, are going to play for us!  I love live music and I’ve heard that Mark has a great voice which he certainly did!  Now, the only sad thing was they couldn’t play any Toto – I was hoping for an Africa rendition for James and I!  HA HA.  But they can do America songs which is another one of my favorite groups (yes, I realize these are all before my time but I grew up with my parents listening to them and just fell in love).

Me and James...enjoying a bottle of Sonoma Cab together
  I have a video of Mark and Mark that I will attempt to upload to You Tube and post as well.

 

Now, James is back and we decide it is wine time – but a bottle this time.  We opt for the Blackstone Cabernet from Sonoma which was not bad.  I’ve only had their Merlot which is good and their Cabernet is definitely not bad.  Mel proceeds to start snapping wine photos for us and then I realized this is the perfect time to have her take some “decent” ones of me with the wine for my local wine group profile.  We snapped a couple and then she came up with my “professional” one which was the perfect one! 

 

Next, more of the crew from our hotel started to arrive and I was aghast to see Sal didn’t even dress up for our wedding reception!  Mel and I quickly scolded him and he said he was going for the rocker look and that’s why I married him.

My new "Professional" Wine photo - taken by Melanie
  WHATEVER!  We snapped a few reception photos by the wine bottles for Julz, Jillian and Angel who had received a few texts over the weekend of the craziness going on in the Midwest. 

 

As we were leaving, not sure which one of us got the bright idea to mess with the BIG wine and champagne bottles on display by the door but as you can imagine, we didn’t miss the opportunity for more silliness.  This is what Sal and I like to refer to as our reception toast – Vegas wino style.  Screw the glass – go for the bottle baby!! HA HA.  There are a couple great shots of us with the bottles and of course, we got caught but they didn’t say anything to us.  WHEW.  Unlike poor Shawn who got busted on the PF Chang’s horse earlier in the day.

Drinking...Vegas style!!
 

 

Now we are behind everyone else and not sure where they walked off to for dinner. Uh oh.  My phone rings and it’s my friend John (JohnFutrell) back in Vegas wondering how the meet is going.  I ramble a bit to him and then get off the phone so I can help track down where we need to be.  Eric spots us and directs us to the restaurant which is only a couple blocks away.  As we round the last corner, I am stunned by what I see and can’t do anything but stand there in shock and then squeal.  As though it’s like fate, I am standing before Cinderella’s coach – Sal and I HAVE to take photos…it’s our wedding carriage!  The driver obliges and Mel takes a few photos of us.  The guy suggests they take one from the back through the heart so we do another faux wedding kiss.  Someone tells the driver we aren’t really together and he said he figured that out right away.

HA HA HA HA...no we weren't really kissing silly!
  HA HA HA.  WTF….I thought we looked pretty convincing!!! 

 

We get inside the restaurant (Jack Steak I think it was called) and everyone is settling in and there is a big round table but we are short a seat and me being the lefty, I don’t do so well crowded in round tables.  Us late peeps (Vegas crew of course…ha ha)  sit at the last table by ourselves.  Since we’ve been banished to the kid’s table we continue our goofiness and snap some more wedding party photos. 

 

All kidding aside, one thing that Sal and I are totally compatible on is wine.  It was great to learn we had a lot in common about wine when we were at the first LA meet together in May.

HA HA HA......
  I am really looking forward to him coming out to visit and doing some serious wine tasting.  It’s great to go with people who actually appreciate it and we even have one vineyard in common.  So, with that being said, Sal picked out an excellent wine for dinner and we had such a great time chowing on bbq with Mel, RJ, and Will…with occasional visits from Eric.  HA HA.  I’ve made such incredible friends through TB and sitting there enjoying a nice dinner with them made me so appreciative and grateful they are all part of my life.  Ok, no more sappiness…I guess weddings always do that to a girl.  HA HA. 

 

Now, it’s time to head out for the real meet up location and we get as far as the door and are fascinated with the nice bull statue out front.  Oh boy, you can imagine where this is going….

This is for you JPChoi!
right?  Well, since James was nice enough to photoshop me on a cow, we figured we needed the real thing!!! Well, Mel and I climb up on that thing in our dresses and snap a photo or two before James comes and joins us!  Of course, we got busted while we were still up on it and what a pain to try and get off…hopefully no one has pics of us trying to get off the bull!! EEeeeeeek! 

 

Ok, now we are at the venue which has a “welcome TB sign” which was totally awesome!  This is more like a regular dive bar that I hang at so I was thrilled when I spotted the pool table.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have though as it was without a doubt, the worst game I ever played in my life.  A 5 year old could’ve played better than me!  Usually I do well on the smaller bar tables since I have my own 8 foot table at home but yeah, uh, not so much this time.

The TB veterans ready to do battle on the tables! LOL
  My only salvation was RJ scratched on the 8 ball so I won by default.  Our rematch game got interrupted by ceremonies so we never got to finish (rematch when I am back in Vegas next month RJ!!)

 

So, with the ceremonies, it’s time to present Yadi her shirt for the farthest traveled TB and also, James was presenting Mel with her crown and she was doing the “official” knighting ceremony for James, Will, Sal, and RJ didn’t know he was now one too.  Apparently I missed the initial one that took place with a butter knife at the April Vegas meet up!! HA HA HA  Some of the cameras were dying so most of the pics are on my camera which is why there are even more photos than I usually take (just throwing that out there since Tim keeps picking on me about the number of photos we take). 

 

After the crowning ceremonies, it’s time for the “drink for” signs.

Our Julz! Julz...we missed you girlfriend!
  Mel and James are bickering over whose signs we are using and who’s are better which was hard to keep a straight face for.  They are like serious brother and sister I swear! LOL.  Anyways, we took a bunch of photos and then decided to do a couple “extra special” ones for J.C. (Ratu) in Spain and my “sex text” partner, John (JPChoi). 

 

By now people want to go dancing again and we head back to the Power and Light District.  On the way out of the door, we run into Kirk (kirkeedoo) and his friend Dan who reluctantly agree to meet us over there (they aren’t the biggest fans of that area since people can be snobby sometimes and it’s always packed).  James, Mel, and I set off together while Sal is still on the street corner on his phone.

A better shot without cutting out poor Dan! HA HA
  We end up running into him so I jump in his car so he’s not alone.  It’s not our Cinderella carriage but the SUV works! LOL. 

 

Sal and I had a nice time chatting alone on the way (ooo la la) and as we arrived, things started to get confusing.  James was out of gas and had to find a station, some people were all over the place, my phone was dying and Kirk’s friend Dan was texting me.  I hurried up and programmed his phone number into Sal’s phone since I would never remember it when the phone shut off.  We get up to the line for Howl at the Moon which is long and RJ said it’s packed inside.  Finally we get organized enough to end up back at the Irish pub, in our little cubby again.  SWEET!  This is where things start to get a little jumbled for me as I was all over.

Rock on Jen!!! :D
  We were drinking, I fell out of my dress, flashing RJ and Mark (who didn’t tell me either), we were dancing, and then we were chatting with a married Army man and his friends.  HA HA HA.  We chatted with them for a bit and after a shot of Grey Goose and my beer, it was past Mel’s curfew! LOL.  We all sorta parted ways here – the guys had to get up for their early am bike ride, some folks went dancing, and the rest of us went back to our hotel. 

 

At the hotel, we got Mel to bed, and met the gang downstairs for a last drink and our goodbyes.  Apparently Eric and Yadi had crashed some wedding reception at the hotel, made friends, and were talking to a few of the attendees when we arrived.  And then there was Marcus…not sure if he was with the wedding party or not but he was hanging with our group and said he’s joining TravBuddy too.

Tim and I again
  We can recruit anywhere it seems!  Whoo Hoo! 

 

So, now it’s time to retire upstairs for my hour and half of sleep and poor James to take us at 4:30am.  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………..

TYoungTX says:
Things did get a little crazy at PNL district that night! And yes, you did take a ton of photos. I am sure you took the number over 1,000,000 -- and I only missed the guess by two hours!!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2008
pvtjoy says:
WOW - that really is a lot of photos!
You guys look like you ahd a LOT of fun!
Posted on: Jun 24, 2008
geerbox says:
Holy Cow picture freak, haha. I think I just smiled a gazillion times :)
Posted on: Jun 23, 2008
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Shawn and I
Shawn and I
Me and James...enjoying a bottle o…
Me and James...enjoying a bottle …
My new Professional Wine photo -…
My new "Professional" Wine photo …
Drinking...Vegas style!!
Drinking...Vegas style!!
HA HA HA HA...no we werent really…
HA HA HA HA...no we weren't reall…
HA HA HA......
HA HA HA......
This is for you JPChoi!
This is for you JPChoi!
The TB veterans ready to do battle…
The TB veterans ready to do battl…
Our Julz! Julz...we missed you gir…
Our Julz! Julz...we missed you gi…
A better shot without cutting out …
A better shot without cutting out…
Rock on Jen!!! :D
Rock on Jen!!! :D
Tim and I again
Tim and I again
Bill, Jennifer, Andy, and Talia
Bill, Jennifer, Andy, and Talia
Mark and Mark - tuning up
Mark and Mark - tuning up
Me, James, and Mel with the band
Me, James, and Mel with the band
Band groupies! Whoo Hoo!
Band groupies! Whoo Hoo!
Wine spokesperson! HA HA
Wine spokesperson! HA HA
CUTE!! LOL
CUTE!! LOL
Mark squared jammin
Mark squared jammin'
Cheers to Tim and I!
Cheers to Tim and I!
Some of the group down in the priv…
Some of the group down in the pri…
The girls of the meet up!
The girls of the meet up!
What you are looking down at?? HA …
What you are looking down at?? HA…
Awww...the married couple and our …
Awww...the married couple and our…
Yeah....we probably could drink th…
Yeah....we probably could drink t…
Mel has Grey Goose..I have wine an…
Mel has Grey Goose..I have wine a…
OMG! LOL
OMG! LOL
Awwwww, Cinderallas coach awaits …
Awwwww, Cinderalla's coach awaits…
One of the tables at dinner
One of the tables at dinner
Mark and friends...too bad it came…
Mark and friends...too bad it cam…
Ring bearer and maid of honor
Ring bearer and maid of honor
Me with the best man
Me with the best man
Awwww......our reception dinner! L…
Awwww......our reception dinner! …
Uh, there seems to be an extra set…
Uh, there seems to be an extra se…
Will...look at the camera!!!
Will...look at the camera!!!
Cheers to all of us!!
Cheers to all of us!!
Enjoying our Charles Krug wine
Enjoying our Charles Krug wine
HA HA HA...forgot who told us to p…
HA HA HA...forgot who told us to …
GIANT stuffed mushrooms....mmmm, t…
GIANT stuffed mushrooms....mmmm, …
My burnt ends plate - brisket and …
My burnt ends plate - brisket and…
My potato fixins
My potato fixins
Sals ribs
Sal's ribs
Cmon Will..take a bite!
C'mon Will..take a bite!
Sal enjoying his ribs
Sal enjoying his ribs
YIKES! LOL
YIKES! LOL
Unhinge the jaw...we know you can …
Unhinge the jaw...we know you can…
Enjoying my fungus!
Enjoying my fungus!
Cute pic!
Cute pic!
Oh Mr Nose in the air...again! LOL
Oh Mr Nose in the air...again! LOL
James trying our Charles Krug wine
James trying our Charles Krug wine
Cheers to the happy couple! LOL
Cheers to the happy couple! LOL
Our fake wedding kiss!
Our fake wedding kiss!
Awwwwww how cute!
Awwwwww how cute!
Yikes...didnt come out so well..
Yikes...didn't come out so well..
Love this pic...is Will finally lo…
Love this pic...is Will finally l…
Mel and I taking the bull by the h…
Mel and I taking the bull by the …
Ride em cowgirls! HA HA HA
Ride em cowgirls! HA HA HA
Nope, no photoshopping...we actual…
Nope, no photoshopping...we actua…
The meet up gang after dinner
The meet up gang after dinner
OMG...we have a welcome sign for u…
OMG...we have a welcome sign for …
The actual meet area
The actual meet area
Gotcha Shawn! LOL
Gotcha Shawn! LOL
Eeek..that was supposed to be of E…
Eeek..that was supposed to be of …
RJ getting serious
RJ getting serious
James getting ready to present the…
James getting ready to present th…
Yadi being called to the stage
Yadi being called to the "stage"
Our Kansas City Princess!
Our Kansas City Princess!
Whoo Hoo...look at her!
Whoo Hoo...look at her!
Showing off the back
Showing off the back
Hail to our Queen CW
Hail to our Queen CW
A toast to the Queen and her knight
A toast to the Queen and her knight
The Queens wave...and not sure wh…
The Queen's wave...and not sure w…
James being knighted
James being knighted
Sal being knighted
Sal being knighted
Wills turn to be knighted
Will's turn to be knighted
Yeah, bow down Sir RJ! LOL
Yeah, bow down Sir RJ! LOL
Ok, knights look at the camera..Ja…
Ok, knights look at the camera..J…
Now Wills elsewhere! LOL
Now Will's elsewhere! LOL
Almost everyone....
Almost everyone....
Oh good grief! LOL
Oh good grief! LOL
No knocking over the Queen RJ!
No knocking over the Queen RJ!
Sals unique placement of his bee…
Sal's unique placement of his "be…
Yeah, RJ..you and your bee are sex…
Yeah, RJ..you and your bee are se…
The Queen
The Queen
Me...aka her Biatch (I much prefer…
Me...aka her Biatch (I much prefe…
Wills actually holding drink to d…
Will's actually holding drink to …
Cheers to Sybil
Cheers to Sybil
Cheers to our Jilly!
Cheers to our Jilly!
To my PIW...JOY!!!
To my PIW...JOY!!!
Watch out Chicken group.....Lauro …
Watch out Chicken group.....Lauro…
HA HA...the showing of how disorga…
HA HA...the showing of how disorg…
A cut off Sir Bennie! LOL
A cut off Sir Bennie! LOL
One of our special poses for JC …
One of our "special poses" for JC…
Giovanni...we miss you!! Hope you…
Giovanni...we miss you!! Hope you…
Adrian...see we remembered you...w…
Adrian...see we remembered you...…
Our Tiffy!!! My other PIW!! Wish y…
Our Tiffy!!! My other PIW!! Wish …
For our Doris!!!
For our Doris!!!
For Jenn!!
For Jenn!!
And Tracy!!!
And Tracy!!!
Our Melissa!!!!
Our Melissa!!!!
And cant forget Ms. Angel!!!
And can't forget Ms. Angel!!!
This kiss is for you John HA HA
This kiss is for you John HA HA
This boobs for you John!! HA HA
This boob's for you John!! HA HA
I miss you my fellow BAB!!!
I miss you my fellow BAB!!!
For the Chickens!
For the Chickens!
For Melissatms
For Melissatms
HA HA HA Alex..this Smokes for yo…
HA HA HA Alex..this Smoke's for y…
For Devi!!!
For Devi!!!
LOL For Wendy
LOL For Wendy
For Hanie!
For Hanie!
For Ms Sylvie
For Ms Sylvie
For Marj
For Marj
For Mr. Pieter!!!
For Mr. Pieter!!!
HA HA HA...dream on JC! LOL
HA HA HA...dream on JC! LOL
Watch out with Mel and her Septor
Watch out with Mel and her Septor
The Queen and Sir James
The Queen and Sir James
Shawn and Harriet
Shawn and Harriet
Melanie and Kirk (kirkeedoo)
Melanie and Kirk (kirkeedoo)
Mark and Sal
Mark and Sal
Sari and RJ
Sari and RJ
Me and Dan (Kirks friend)
Me and Dan (Kirk's friend)
The official Mark Meet Up Kiss
The official Mark Meet Up Kiss
The Not so official....Mark Meet u…
The Not so official....Mark Meet …
Tim and I....aww, this is a cute p…
Tim and I....aww, this is a cute …
Tim and Shawn
Tim and Shawn
The Queen is down! HA HA
The Queen is down! HA HA
Shes coming out of her office
She's coming out of her office
Mel under the table...not literall…
Mel under the table...not literal…
The Queen and I
The Queen and I
Sal and I with the Queen...unfortu…
Sal and I with the Queen...unfort…
Take two...except Sal forgets to l…
Take two...except Sal forgets to …
Boobie grab....
Boobie grab....
HA HA...as we start to fall over
HA HA...as we start to fall over
Reverse boobie grab
Reverse boobie grab
The bachelor whos friends asked u…
The bachelor who's friends asked …
Mel grabbing my boob yet again! LOL
Mel grabbing my boob yet again! LOL
The die hards at the Irish Pub
The die hards at the Irish Pub
Bill and Mel
Bill and Mel
Hee Hee....Love it Jen!!!
Hee Hee....Love it Jen!!!
Jen is such a ham!!! Mel with Andy
Jen is such a ham!!! Mel with Andy
Tim and the Queen
Tim and the Queen
Me and Mel with Tim (his lap was a…
Me and Mel with Tim (his lap was …
Shawn squished under Mel and I
Shawn squished under Mel and I
Mel and I with Dan
Mel and I with Dan
Nice Dan! LOL
Nice Dan! LOL
Now we are all looking at the came…
Now we are all looking at the cam…
Not sure what we were going to do …
Not sure what we were going to do…
LOL @ Mel!!!
LOL @ Mel!!!
Hi Mark!!!
Hi Mark!!!
Dan couldnt leave Mel out
Dan couldn't leave Mel out
OMG..Mel had my camera and apparen…
OMG..Mel had my camera and appare…
Tim and I finishing our drinks
Tim and I finishing our drinks
Bill and I
Bill and I
Mel and Sari
Mel and Sari