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Old 04-07-2012, 07:03 AM   #1061
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Great video TD, watched it a couple times. Just being envious.
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:35 PM   #1062
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Last month we attended my cousin's wedding in Austin. He's an Army Ranger leaving the service after 12 years-- both enlisted & officer, four deployments, and four years at West Point. His spouse is a field medical assistant with two years to go on her West Point obligation.

The wedding was in the lobby of the Austin Omni Hotel. Highly recommended. The reception was a loud drunken brawl blowout in their mezzanine banquet area-- also highly recommended. On Saturday nights the hotel even has a couple of Austin Police Department troopers stationed in the lobby. No, I don't want to get into how we learned that, but the bar closed at midnight and the DJ had to shut off his speakers at 2 AM. Luckily the hotel is near 6th Street and I hear Austin has some live music inside its city limits.

The first photo is spouse, our daughter, and me standing behind my aunt. My aunt is the fun one among our elders, and just before this picture we'd been swapping punchlines. The expression on my face is after spouse reminded me that I'd promised to behave. I was given special dispensation by the groom to wear aloha casual instead of coat & tie. I'm wearing actual shoes and my daughter is wearing two-inch heels, so that evening we were both 5'11".

The second photo is spouse and me at the reception table L (for "Losers") with other parents of friends of the bride & groom. (Our daughter was seated at the table of the sisters of the bride, but that's another loud drunken brawl story.) We were sitting among Foreign Service diplomats and PhDs and neurosurgeons. None of them will ever retire, and they cannot even spell "ER". I lost count of the number of times I said "No, really, I find plenty of things to do all day. Oh, you don't surf?" I'm smiling because the Classic Rock DJ had just fired up the speakers too loud for anyone to tell me again that I was too young to retire.

Right now ClifP is thinking to himself "My gosh Nords, is that your daughter? I've never seen your surfer grrrl wear a dress before!!" She had a great time at the wedding and an even better time at the reception, especially when the sisters broke out shots of the traditional Lithuanian brandy. She met a lot of very friendly Army Rangers. That's her story and she's stickin' to it.

The wedding photographers were pretty smart-- after they finished the wedding portraits, they set up a portable studio outside the reception for more family portraits. But we're still waiting on those.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:00 AM   #1063
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Last month we attended my cousin's wedding in Austin. He's an Army Ranger leaving the service after 12 years-- both enlisted & officer, four deployments, and four years at West Point. His spouse is a field medical assistant with two years to go on her West Point obligation.

The wedding was in the lobby of the Austin Omni Hotel. Highly recommended. The reception was a loud drunken brawl blowout in their mezzanine banquet area-- also highly recommended. On Saturday nights the hotel even has a couple of Austin Police Department troopers stationed in the lobby. No, I don't want to get into how we learned that, but the bar closed at midnight and the DJ had to shut off his speakers at 2 AM. Luckily the hotel is near 6th Street and I hear Austin has some live music inside its city limits.

The first photo is spouse, our daughter, and me standing behind my aunt. My aunt is the fun one among our elders, and just before this picture we'd been swapping punchlines. The expression on my face is after spouse reminded me that I'd promised to behave. I was given special dispensation by the groom to wear aloha casual instead of coat & tie. I'm wearing actual shoes and my daughter is wearing two-inch heels, so that evening we were both 5'11".

The second photo is spouse and me at the reception table L (for "Losers") with other parents of friends of the bride & groom. (Our daughter was seated at the table of the sisters of the bride, but that's another loud drunken brawl story.) We were sitting among Foreign Service diplomats and PhDs and neurosurgeons. None of them will ever retire, and they cannot even spell "ER". I lost count of the number of times I said "No, really, I find plenty of things to do all day. Oh, you don't surf?" I'm smiling because the Classic Rock DJ had just fired up the speakers too loud for anyone to tell me again that I was too young to retire.

Right now ClifP is thinking to himself "My gosh Nords, is that your daughter? I've never seen your surfer grrrl wear a dress before!!" She had a great time at the wedding and an even better time at the reception, especially when the sisters broke out shots of the traditional Lithuanian brandy. She met a lot of very friendly Army Rangers. That's her story and she's stickin' to it.

The wedding photographers were pretty smart-- after they finished the wedding portraits, they set up a portable studio outside the reception for more family portraits. But we're still waiting on those.
Nice writeup on the wedding. Gotta love those Army Rangers
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Nice writeup on the wedding. Gotta love those Army Rangers
Pretty good-looking family too. Congrats to Nords et al.
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Nords, thanks for the post and pics. Sounds like everyone had a great time. Sure have a good looking family there. PS, I think your casual tux was right on. What else would a guy from Hawaii wear?
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Nords , Your daughter is very pretty !
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Nice family picture. Your daughter is very pretty.
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Thanks, everyone. It's hard to get them to agree to stand still for a portrait, and then I'm usually the one on the wrong side of the camera...
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Our lychee are ripe!

I pruned this tree five years ago and I've regretted it ever since. I'll let it keep blocking the horizon view if it keeps rewarding us this way...
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Nemo, are the pics the ones titled Posado? If so:

A: the pool is killer!
B: the beach is gorgeous!
C: WTF are the carcasses?
D: love the vegetables!
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Nemo, are the pics the ones titled Posado? If so:

A: the pool is killer!
B: the beach is gorgeous!
C: WTF are the carcasses?
D: love the vegetables!
Sarah, you must've accessed all the SkyDrive 'presentations' we have stored.....the Posado shots were from Puerto Escondido, (Mexico), last year......great little hotel, (almost all the guests were Mexican), we really enjoyed it.

The carcasses are hind & fore-quarters of beef.......the veggies were superb!

This year's lot are entitled "Costa Rica 2012", but you're surely welcome to view them all, (some of which are from digitized slide collections of trips in the past).

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I've been told that, for many people, the previous link doesn't work......here's another:

http://sdrv.ms/L9X2zb
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I've been told that, for many people, the previous link doesn't work......here's another:

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Col pics, but where is the meat?
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Col pics, but where is the meat?
The first link of Nemo's had some of their other pictures, but not the ones from Costa Rica--I looked at the Posado ones from last year, re: the meat!

However, the second link does indeed work, and it looks like a lovely place. Again, the vegetables are great, but my favorite is that monkey--what an awesome expression you captured!
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The first link of Nemo's had some of their other pictures, but not the ones from Costa Rica--I looked at the Posado ones from last year, re: the meat!

However, the second link does indeed work, and it looks like a lovely place. Again, the vegetables are great, but my favorite is that monkey--what an awesome expression you captured!
They are nice pictures, but I had my heart set on the carcasses.

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Meat is under 'Posada Real'.

(Clicking on the first pic puts it into slide show mode.)

Posada Real: http://sdrv.ms/JM2tn9

While we, (and when I say 'we' I mean my lady the technophile), were 'simplifying' the links we did it for other groups compiled earlier:

Pics from the past: http://sdrv.ms/M8BDWZ

Botswana: http://sdrv.ms/JM2BCV

Digitized slides: http://sdrv.ms/JM2IOX
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I had no idea Puerto Escondido was so luxe. I thought it was ganga surfers and hippies.

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Is that short lady Tarzan's Jane? Nice pics. Thanks.
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