For my father
My parents divorced when I was nine. I know it hurt my father, but he was strong for me through it all. He continued to be a coach, a teacher, a rock, and a friend. I can't thank him enough.
My father has met a wonderful woman, Diane. After 14 years, he will be getting remarried this weekend at our family reunion in Pennsylvania. I couldn't be happier for him.
This last Friday, my father, myself, his brother Jeff and five friends went to Carlyle Grand restaurant in Shirlington, to celebrate his new marriage with a bachelor dinner. It was one of the best dinners I have had in a long time, made tastier by the impending event. Here's my rundown:
1 Tex-Mex Eggroll (taken from someone else)
1 bowl of Lobster Bisque
1 glass of the House Lager
1 5oz. Filet Mignon - medium
1 Jumbo Lump Crabcake
Asparagus and Au Gratin potatoes
1 Vodka with Cranberry Juice
House Dessert - Chocolate Waffle w/ vanilla ice cream
You can see why I haven't eaten much in the past 24 hours since. I'm sure I'll be going back to this place again. Anyway, here are some pictures from the night, there will be more from the wedding sometime next week.
The whole group, from left to right: Uncle Jeff, my father, The Captain, and a large group of friends. Turns out the man in the yellow shirt is now officially the dirtiest old man I know, but we'll save that for another time.
Uncle Jeff and my father. Can you tell they're brothers? They're also the two youngest of seven children.
Dave and John, two friends of my fathers. They're all baseball umpires, a common bond of many of the men that were in attendance.
Bill looking sophisticated drinking his wine. On the right is Tony, who was the groom at the last wedding, #4 that I attended this summer.
The Captain with his father. Luckily, the receding hairline gene has skipped me, at least for the time being. I thought this one came out fantastic.
That's really all. On September 4th, his birthday, my father will enter married life once more. I love you Dad, I wouldn't be nearly the man I am without you.