Best First Dance Ever

I went to quite a few weddings this past summer (some might even call the number absurd). However, none of the first dances were as awesome as this one. Sorry guys; I love you all, but this takes the cake (pun?). Better luck next time:

Boston: Day Two

Note: This actually took place 10/14/2007. I’m just super busy and haven’t been able to get it all typed up until now.

The following takes place between 6ampm and 2am, Boston Local Time:

Three hours of sleep is not near enough. Fortunately, it was race day and the adrenaline began rushing soon after the alarm went off. We were all out by 6:40am and had Colin dropped off around 7am.

We drove to the prime spectating spot and then found a Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast.

DSC_0835 It wasn’t long before Colin made his first appearance. I think he took us all by surprise since when had no idea where he was in the pack. Jeff, Tim, James, and Elizabeth were ready with Gatorade, goo, and change of clothes. I stood back a bit with the camera.

DSC_0847 Colin shed his hat and jacket and kept on running. It would be about an hour before we saw him again. Elizabeth, with some input for others, made a hilarious sign for Colin.

DSC_0865 The next time around, we were a bit more ready. Gatorade and goo hand off, plus a little bit of running along by Tim.

DSC_0852 As we later learned, Colin never notice the sign. Which is unfortunate because it’s awesome.

Once more around the loop for Colin. Tim and James when a couple miles down the way to prepare for jelly bean dispensing (pure sugar for a quick energy boost). Meanwhile, Jeff, Elizabeth, and I moved across the bridge for the third meeting.

DSC_0941 Colin was looking good. The last Gatorade and goo handoff when without a hitch and Colin was on his way. The three of us jumped into the van and drove to the finish line.

Traffic was hectic near the end. With streets blocked off, runnings in the road, and bridges closed, it was near impossible to get around. Jeff dropped Elizabeth and me off near the stadium where the finish line was. We started into the arena when I saw Colin passing me on my left.

Not wanting to miss him finishing, I took off in a dead sprint to beat him into the stadium. Unfortunately, I had no idea where I was going and was almost bear hugged by a volunteer to prevent me from racing onto the field.

DSC_0984 I back tracked a few paces, whipped out my camera and had plenty of time to capture Colin crossing the finish line.

DSC_1001Colin recovered pretty quickly. We doddled around the stadium for a while, took a group picture to commemorate Colin’s Boston Marathon Qualifying Time, and then headed back to BC.

I had a nap on the way back since I was dead tired.

We had dinner when we got back; which reminds me that BC has pretty fantastic dining service. It’s frustrating that Mines is locked into Aramark, because they do a pretty shitty job. This, however, is a topic for another day.

To cap of the day, Jeff and I went to Mass. I think I’ve only been to Mass once before, and that was for Stephanie’s High School Graduation. My Mom’s cousin was married this summer and they had a Catholic wedding, but no Mass (although we all bet heavy money that there would be one).

Dating Pools

XKCD really needs to get out of my head. Two notes on this comic: A) is validates the long standing rule on minimum dating age (aka standard creepiness rule) of [(your_age/2) + 7], which I first heard on the Bryan Suits show when he was still at KIRO, circa 2001-ish. 21) this is a comic of hope. After having been to a half-dozen weddings this past summer, one can’t help but to feel a little out of place. I’m certainly not in any rush, but at the same time, I don’t have a plan either.

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1 Yes, I know I used A and then 2….it’s funnier that way. Trust me.

Jason and Amy’s Wedding

Jason and Amy’s wedding was the last wedding I was on the hook for filming for this summer and I had a pretty good system down by now. In terms of circle-of-friends, it was very similar to the Gamble Wedding. Interestingly enough, I only made it into about 1.13% of the photos this time (that’s about 6 photos from what I can tell). However, I would say that the quality of the photos that I am in easily makeup for the lack of ones that I am not in:
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My bad-ass pose?

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Part of the Gang: Andrew Ferguson, Peter Walchenbach, Jeff Staples, Ben Andersen

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Standing ready (on the right)

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Setting up (standing next to the tripod…bending over)

Interestingly enough, the main photographer of the wedding, Laurence Kim, has a blog and blogged about Jason and Amy’s wedding:

From laurencekimblog.com:

Amy & Jason set a new record for disparity in ring sizes…
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Note: Photos in this post are copyright © 2007 by Laurence Kim.

Karl and Bethany’s Wedding

In short, Karl and Bethany’s wedding was pretty kick ass. Why? They had an outside wedding with impeccable weather, they had Alaskan Amber, and they had dancing. Jeff Aitken has the most wicked Michael Jackson moves. He’s really quite amazing. Mark Mohrlang is also quite a great dancer.

Photo courtesy of and copyright by Darren Justus. (I’m working on tracking down some more photos.)

Photos from Audrey and Griffin’s Wedding

Since I posted photos from the Gamble wedding, I figure I better post photos that I have from the other weddings. Here are some photos from Audrey and Griffin’s wedding, which was all the way back in June.

Yea, you don’t need to tell me the summer went fast. I have first hand experience.

I somehow managed to make it into about 9% of their photos. Here are some of the goods ones:

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Not only is this just a completely badass photo, but my sunglasses also had a starring role on Griffin’s head:
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Note: Photos in this post are Copyright © 2007 by Everett J. Stout.

The Gamble Wedding

Jesse and Kendal were married just over about two and half weeks ago. It was an awesome wedding with many memories. For those that missed it, there is a DVD of it that Kendall Snow Gamble now has. It’s pretty good if you ask me, but I may be biased.

The best way I think to document this wedding is through photos because, let’s face it, I love to be lazy when it comes to writing and picture books are always fun. And as it turns out, I made it into 2.63% of the photos taken at wedding/reception.

Here are the random pictures that just happen to include me in them:
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Then there are a couple of me in the walkway with Peter Walchenbach and company:
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Next, we have two pictures with the Bride and/not1 Groom:
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…you’ll have to forgive the foolish man in the background.

Finally, we have my favorite part. Photos from the Cha Cha Slide. The Cha Cha Slide is one of my favorite dance activities of all time despite the fact that I’ve only done it three times (High School Graduation night three years ago and change, Audrey and Griffin’s wedding a couple months ago, and Kendall and Jesse’s wedding).
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I think the last photo is pretty rockin’. There are actually a bunch more photos online (1066 to be precise) that you can get access to if you know the super secret password. If you don’t know it, I will refer you to Kendall or Jesse for access.

By the way, why the frick are wedding photos so expensive to buy? A 4×5 proof costs $11! Didn’t the photographer already get paid for his or time? When I get married, I’m going to require that the photographer release all the photos of wedding under Creative Commons.

There’s also this video which really makes no sense out of context in which is was recorded and the people it includes, but I needed a place to put it, so here it is:

Note: The photographs used in this post are Copyright © 2007 by Simply Photography.


  1. And/Not: I’ve been using this term for some time, although I don’t think anyone else uses it. Example: I’m going to have lunch with Alice and/not Bob. This would be equivalent to: I’m going to have lunch with Alice or Alice and Bob but not Bob without Alice. 

Jacqueline Is Married

Jacqueline Passey married the man affectionately known as GK (Good Kisser) over the weekend. I met him when I was Vegas last spring and he’s a pretty cool guy.

The best wedding quote goes to Jacqueline’s dad:
From www.jacquelinepassey.com:

Dad: “I can has beer now?” … “I’m in ur buffet, drinking ur beerz.”
Apparently there was an article about lolcats in this week’s Time magazine.

Technically, I don’t think this isn’t part of Wedding Fest 2007 since I didn’t actually attend. But it’s another person whom I know that is now married.

Don’t worry though. The real fun starts tomorrow!

When We Last Left Our Hero

  1. I was in Colorado
  2. Didn’t have a job
  3. Hadn’t started work
  4. Had only been to one wedding this summer

One week later:

  1. Back in Seattle
  2. Have a job
  3. Started work
  4. Have been to two weddings, sorta

So how does this all work out? Well, getting on a 8:30 am flight to Seattle last Sunday morning was the easy part. Then the real fun began. I really don’t care to get into the details because A) they don’t matter to people who aren’t involved; and, B) it would probably be appropriate to keep them under wraps (at least until sufficient time has passed that people no longer care about/read this site).

What I can/will say is that I’m back at Boeing and started on Friday. I spent most of the day reading hard copies of material related to my project because my computer access hadn’t been restored yet.

I was supposed to go to Brent’s wedding today and I did, just at the wrong time. So pretty much completely botched that one. I did catch him before they left for the reception.

Audrey and Griffin’s Wedding

Audrey and Griffin (by Carl Nelson)

A fantastic wedding for a fantastic bride and groom. Audrey and Griffin were married yesterday at The Pines at Genesse and I don’t think the weather could have been more perfect.

Audrey and Griffin are very fortunate to have great parents and great friends; and now each other for all of time…a match made in heaven.

The best is yet to come, I’m sure.

Photo Credit: Carl Nelson (Carl Nelson Photography)

On somewhat, but not entirely, separate note: Audrey and Griffin’s wedding marks the start of what will probably be several dozen weddings of people my age over the next decade or so. It’s