Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Date 60 - Better Than The Best Ever!

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Type: Out of Town, Friends, Fun
Cost: $$
Planned By: Both

Adam and I attended our second OU homecoming as alumni. Its hard to believe that we have been out of college long enough to go to our second homecoming. We are always looking forward to a trip to OU, and homecoming is the best because most of our friends plan to go, too! The theme this year was Better Than the Best Ever in honor of the late Ron Socciarelli, a past conductor of the Marching 110.

We didn't get in until 1AM on Saturday. We decided to stay with our grad student friend Laura who also hosted Lauren, Rachel and her fiance Sean. We got to Laura's apartment, talked for a little while and went to bed.

On Saturday we all woke up before our alarms that were set for 6AM. We had Sausage Queso dip and Bellini's for breakfast. After we all showered and got ready we called a cab. I have never taken an Athens cab, but we didn't want to walk 2.5 miles up town. We were pleasantly surprised when the limo cab picked us up!! It was very very very exciting for all of us because it was one of the things we have all wanted to do, ride the Athens limo cab!

When we got uptown we went to Pigskin and met up with Penny. Somehow we got a booth and were able to start celebrating pretty quickly. Next, we dropped off our stuff at Anna's (Laura's sister who lives in their old apartment above Pigskin). We also took some great pictures of all of us in our awesome homemade homecoming shirts!
We got down to Union St. a few minutes before the parade started. It was much less crowded due to the route change this year. We were very enthusiastic the entire time trying to get candy and other free stuff. We got a bag full of candy, a pair of sunglasses, 5 drink coozies, a baseball, a plastic ball, and a plastic football. I'd say we did a pretty good job! My proudest moment was catching that baseball one handed like Dottie in A League of Their Own. We enjoyed watching the 110, Alumni band, and the Sigma Kappa banner (which had a band member playing a trumpet (!) doing a rare-back on it.. at least that's what it was supposed to be). The Sigma Kappa homecoming sweatshirts also have a trumpet (!) on the back, and I will keep begging my little Kelsey (who was homecoming chair) for one until I receive it. :)

After the parade we went back to the bars. We spent most of our time at Pawpurrs. Had a few black outs, took over the stage, danced, had lots of fun. Then we went to Broneys. We didn't get champagne slushies because we had too much champagne for breakfast, they were extremely busy and of course their machine was down. Then we went to the Sigma Kappa Alumnae Brunch where they had a waffle bar! It was pretty good and we had fun looking at the changes in the house. Then we went back to Pigskin and got ready for the game.

Even though the Bobcats are undefeated and an awesome football team we decided to show up during the second quarter just in time for half time to watch the 110 and alumni perform. They were amazing as usual. They played a bunch of songs we also played in high school including MacArthur Park, Red Light and Long Train. The entire band did the Long Train dance break which was awesome considering its usually only the Tubas! It would have been nice to stay for the rest of the game and post game to see all the best songs, but we were tired and wanted to take a nap. That's what we get for waking up at 6AM. Maybe next year. Good news though the killed Akron and are still undefeated! :)

After our naps we got O'Betty's for dinner. Yummmmmm! We hung around in the apartment for awhile playing games and watching TV. Then Adam and I went to see JT at Lucky's. Its been about a year since we've seen him so it was nice catching up. Then we met up with the rest of our friends back at Pigskin (yes, this was the third time) for almost the rest of the night. Towards the end of the night we decided we had to go see Tim & Liisa at the Crystal and Megan at Broneys. It was so nice seeing all of them, and it makes me wish we could see them more. (Everyone should move to Cleveland!!) Before we went back to Laura's we had one last stop: Good Fella's! It is very unlikely Adam will ever go to Athens and not get Good Fella's Pizza. I even had a piece this time, which is surprising because I think Good Fella's is gross. Then we went back to Laura's and went to sleep.

The next day we got up and got ready to leave. We went up town and I got my first alumni t-shirt! Adam got a new shirt and a coffee travel mug. The drive home wasn't too bad especially towards the end when the Browns won their first game of the season against the Bengals! Too bad we arrived downtown only minutes after the game ended and got stuck in traffic.

Overall, homecoming was a success, and I can't wait for next year!

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