Monday, October 27, 2008

Last Weekend

Last weekend was somewhat of a trip down memory lane. Beth was lucky enough to get Friday off of work so on Thursday we headed up to Dallas for a Jason Mraz concert. I first heard Jason Mraz back in 2002 and ever since have really enjoyed his music. In fact, Thursday night was my 5th time to see Jason Mraz in concert, but my first with Beth. He was playing at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas(basically directly between Dallas and Fort Worth). We left Houston around 3:45 p.m. and made it to Grand Prairie around 7 p.m. We had dinner at Don Pablo's. It's a Mexican restaurant that my friends and I used to frequent during college in Norman, Oklahoma. The food was really good and luckily our waiter gave us quick directions to get to the concert.

The concert lasted until about 11 p.m. and was a lot of fun. I must admit that it probably wasn't my favorite Mraz concert, but it was still good. After the concert, we headed to downtown Dallas where we had booked a hotel through Priceline. We stayed at the Westin Dallas City Center. The hotel was pretty nice I guess. We ended up getting put on the "Preferred Guest" floor which I guess meant a bigger room. Considering there were only about seven other people staying at the hotel, they should have put us in the Presidential Suite. But oh well. I'm glad we only paid $90 for it, since we had to pay $23 for parking.

We got up Friday morning and drove to Tulsa and met up with Sean and Kelsey at the University of Tulsa. I hadn't been to the university in probably six or seven years and it had really changed. We got to see both Sean and Kelsey's dorm rooms and meet some of their friends which was fun. After going out to the lunch with them, we headed to Bartlesville in time for Justin's rehearsal. After the rehearsal, we all headed to a local restaurant for dinner. Below are some pics:

The second picture is of Justin, Jacob, and Justin's cousin Chris. The summer before our sophomore year of high school, the four of us were inseperable. We literally spent everyday together. And each day usually included playing tennis, buying shaved ice right down the road from the tennis courts, and then swimming at Justin and Chris' Grandpa's house. We would all usually go our different ways in the early evening to go to our respective practices(baseball or soccer) and then meet back up later that night. And we did that for an entire summer. So it was fun for the four of us to all be together again for a few days.

Saturday morning Beth and I woke up and drove to Tulsa for the 31st Annual Tulsa Run. It is a 15k(9.3 miles) run that starts and ends in downtown Tulsa. In fact, the start of the race was in the shadow of the Williams Tower where my company's headquarters are.

Beth and I both had a lot of fun running the race even though there was a never ending hill about a mile into the race. We both had respectable times. In fact, Beth finished in a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes and 5 seconds which put her in 311th place out of 3362 total runners. Beth and I ran together for about 12km and I finished in a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 40 seconds which put met in 225th place out of 3362 total runners. Beth finished 11th in her age group of 266. And I finished 24th out of 203 in my age group. Below is a pic after we finished the race.

After we got back from the race, we had the chance to hangout with my childhood friend Kevin Hay and his wife Caroline. They just found out recently that they are having a baby. It was good to see both of them and catch up. We hadn't seen them since they were down here for our wedding. We also got to hangout with Matt Twyman and Jacky Manning, two of my good friends from both high school and college. Saturday night was the wedding and we had a lot of fun. Below are some pics.

Sunday morning we went out to breakfast with my friend Shawn whose house we stayed at, although he was out of town for most of the time we were in Bartlesville. After that, I gave Beth a tour of some of my old stomping grounds. I also got a chance to go out and see my Grandma's gravesite and show it to Beth. It's actually where my Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Kenny are all buried. It was kind of bittersweet thinking that the church where Justin got married, is the same church where over 21 years ago we had my Uncle Ken's funeral. He was only 22 years old when he was killed and I can't help but think what things would be like had they turned out differently.

Overall, our trip to Bartlesville was a lot of fun. I got to see old friends, Beth got to meet some new people, and we got to have ice cream at Braum's. I'm not sure when we'll be back, but I know that when we do make it back, it'll be a trip down memory lane all over again.

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