Anyway, they got married out on the coast, so had the reception today closer to home. Dianna was hired to take pictures, so I opted to go with her and pass along my best wishes and see some people. Turns out that Angela's family has some serious money flowing through their veins. They rented out the main ballroom at the Portland Golf Club, and the setting was pretty fancy. needless to say, my Good Ol' Boy Self felt a little out of place, but that's OK. Good food, too (Angela's family is Korean, and everything was delish!).
It really made me think, as I sat there chatting with people I basically did not know: I just cannot understand why people do this. Spend a fuckton of cash, get some overdone area and get all dressed up just to sit around and stare at each other in a place where you can barely hear each other over the table, while remaining on your best behaviour, which seems to equate to "stiff, boring, and bland." I'm not saying that it has to be a drunken debauch, but, c'mon, it's a celebration, get happy and celebrate. Show some animation, be comfortable, have fun!
Hey, maybe it IS fun for this crowd. Me, I'm just uncomfortable. Gimme comfy clothes, a relaxed atmosphere, and good friends whose company I'm actively enjoying, any day.
Speaking of which, spent last night out at dark_knightly's birthday gathering, and was much closer to my idea of fun. It was very good to get out of the house and see people, have a few beers, and play a few games...though, admittedly, I spent the majority of the time in conversation with friends, and really, that's the best. Of course, it didn't hurt that I got a ton of hugs from beautiful ladies and good people (I'll always take as much of that as people will give!), and even had a couple consent to just hang out with my arm around them. Nothing overtly sexual about it, just felt good. I needed that. Knowing that dark_knightly is a huge Batman nut, I dug into my comic collection and found all three issues of Batman Versus Predator, still bagged in mint condition, for a present. I had a small moment of "dear god, this came out when she was four...man, I'm old," but I got past it. ;)