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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Houseguests are still the new awesome

a few weekends ago, betsy and I both had guests in town, and we had to compete to see who could show their guests the best time. This weekend we lured another group to SF - my parents and Nathaniel - so we started out Saturday determined to show our respective houseguests the best time ever.

the weather was a-maz-ing, so betsy and nathaniel decided that their best bet at winning the 'best guest saturday ever' contest was to go to the beach. nathaniel looked a little like a guy who uses AXE body wash, and betsy looked like a girl who hangs out with guys that use AXE body wash on the beach.

also, nathaniel pointed to his crotch a lot (which is probably something else that guys that use AXE body wash do) on the beach. obviously time well spent.

meanwhile, my parents and i camped out at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park to see banjo god Earl Scruggs, the all-male clogging team the Barbary Coast Cloggers (who betsy and i will be taking clogging classes from), and lots of other big names.

you only get this kind of smile on your face when you have just seen Earl Scruggs play for free and you know you get to hear Gillian Welch next. Or if you are wearing a sweet BART hat.

But, betsy and nathaniel's day wasn't over yet. They also went to a plastic surgery conference to find out about getting nathaniel some butt implants.

and they ate at our favorite down and dirty taqueria, El Farolito, and made morissey poses in front of the meat stick.

that night we all met up for dinner at the fabulous Sri Thai to discuss our day, and you should have seen my mom's face when she found out all the fun stuff that betsy and nathaniel did without us.

i told her that she ought to be happy for them, and that if she couldn't muster a smile, that all she really had to do was open her mouth and it instantly made her look happy (which is is a great trick that i learned from Cindy).
See mom - like this:

she is a quick learner, my mom.

nathaniel gave my dad a pointer - "a little more mouth" he said.

my dad is a pretty quick learner too.

jordan couldn't quite pull off 'open-mouth happy' as well as paul...

but that is because she pulls off 'super-prettiest-girl-ever' pose so much better.

and when the lights dimmed and the creepy birthday music started playing because we decided to celebrate my roommate's bday a little early so that we could get free mango icecream and fried bananas? betsy didn't even have to PRETEND that she was open-mouth excited.

We ended the night with some quality cinema. Stick it. You should know, that all ALL of us showered with AXE body wash this weekend. Which is probably how we manage every day to break the law ... OF GRAVITY!


  • At 7:55 PM, Blogger Tannerama said…

    Sorry, but, you were too early to declare "Best Saturday ever." That's gonna be this saturday... bam.

  • At 9:44 PM, Blogger Cindy said…

    Your parents are naturals at the open-mouth smile. Everyone else, might need some more practice. Somewhere there's a tutorial video that Aaron took of me and Becca doing the open-mouth smile, it should be really helpful.

    How come I don't hang out with Nathanial and he lives up here?

  • At 11:33 PM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    i made some minor altercations to the video, but it's coming to the internet nearest you very soon.

    i think stick it is a great movie that's not only about sticking your landings in gymnastics, but also about sticking it to the judges who are totally unfair. i learned a lot about life when i watched it 3 times in 1 week.

  • At 2:20 AM, Blogger English said…

    Man. I've been practicing all night and my 'super-prettiest-girl-ever' pose is getting pretty good.

    I'm not gonna lie to ya. I ain't gots no reason to lie.

  • At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Nathaniel said…

    How come cindy doesn't hang out with me and i totally live up here?

  • At 9:51 AM, Blogger bets said…

    Take me out tonight
    Oh, take me anywhere, I dont care
    I dont care, I dont care...

  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger bets said…

    "open mouthed" is making me laugh

  • At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    if you guys are serious about the clogging class, let me know. i'm in. i took some classes when i lived in idaho and i've been itching to get into it again.

  • At 2:00 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    Please DO come to our clogging classes - three Monday nights a month at the Jon Sims Center in SF. Check our web site for updates! Thanks for coming to the show at HSB.

    Barbary Coast Cloggers


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