We went to see Kung Fu Panda with Erik on Saturday.Â (I only have one word for you, “Skadoosh!” I’d see it again a million times!Â Do sit through the credit for a little cute snippet at the end.)Â Then I left to surprise my friend Amber at her little sister’s graduation party at her mom’s house.Amber’s mom is a genius. Â First she got me, who fetched Nora.Â Then she got Michael, Amber’s best gay and my prom date.Â Nora and I arrived late when both Mike and Amber were already buzzed.Â The look on Amber’s face when Nora and I came through the door was priceless.
After most guests have gone, we even got to have a beer with the conquering graduate with a few swear words thrown in for good measures.Â We finally welcome no-so-little-anymore Alicia to the adult table.Â Haha.
Alicia graduated from that other university across town.Â I promised not to stir any rivalry pot when I showed up and someone would start picking on me a bit.Â And I would mention the truce and we all had a good laugh at the expense of the lone Trojan in a bruin’s den.
I later showed Alicia what I stowed into the fridge as her graduation present.Â It’s a little puke blue and pale yellow tote with pockets.Â I’m sure the real intention was for a new college student to carry their stuff to the shared dorm showers.Â It just happens to perfectly hold a 6-pack of beer in paper carrier.
I happily fit a 6-pack of Red Trolley in it.
“Now, that’s grown-up beer I bought for you,” I told her.Â “You graduated from college and therefore graduating from college beer.Â Enough with the Miller and Coors and Corona crap.”
Alicia laughed.Â “I still can’t believe you actually bought a UCLA tote.”
“The cost of my Trojan pride had better be the best damn present you’ve gotten today, little one,” I looked up at Alicia.
Yes.Â Up.Â This “little girl” who used to hang around with us back in high school is damn near 6 foot tall now.Â The next thing we’ll know is Amber’s little girl Brittany, who is 9 and bigger than me, will be graduating college in a few blinks of an eye.
I had a fantastic time with Amber, Michael and Nora.Â I played some piano and we sang a bit.Â We joked around and walked down memory lanes, laughing our butts off.Â I am once again reminded of the value of true friendship.Â Across states and continents, and across time, when you have it, you have it.
On the contrary, today is what Thai people call a “Just Grandpa-Grandma” weekend.Â It was just me and my B.
I made breakfast. He ran the laundry.Â I put it away.Â He let me hawk the couch.Â I let him play his game.Â We started on Lego Indiana Jones game, and went to see The Incredible Hulk.Â (Very entertaining, by the way. Not as much fun as Iron Man, but I did like it.Â Oh, and you don’t have to sit through the credit for this.)
Low key.Â Low stress.
…which doesn’t explain why my head hurts and my skin is sensitive.
I think I’m coming in hot with a fever.Â And I didn’t even do anything that would warrant it this weekend!
Hopefully it’s going to contain itself overnight.
How was YOUR weekend?