"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Home is not where you live, but where they understand you." - Christion Morgenstern
"There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them." -J.K. Rowling

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Oh, The Looks People Have Given Us. . .

For those of you at home, I've got some new people to introduce, with their standing titles, for the sake of the stories.
Maddie - The Supreme Samurai
Alex - The Scottish Ninja
Donavan - The Italian
Preston - The Dancer
Makenzie - TTB
It has long since been agreed on that Katie is the Plotter. She has definitely thought up most of the crazy adventures we've been on. So I must give her the credit for this awesome escapade. You see, it as always been a weirdo, which I saw in the most loving way possible, dream of hers to go bowling in formal dresses. Since neither she or Ryan - The Kids, as Tanner and I call them - didn't really want to go to their Homecoming, she planned her bowling dream for the night of September 11, 2010.
I had my own reservations because I don't do dresses. Katie's plans had never ended in complete disaster so I didn't complain. Right as I was about to leave my house, my little sister Makenzie (a.k.a. TTB), expressed the desire to come along. I called Katie to see if she could join and then ran down and got her dressed up in her nicest dress - because this bowling alley was really high class.
We arrived at Katie's to find her in her awesome 'Sleeping Beauty' dress, Preston in a suit minus a tie because Ryan had said he'd bring him one, and Donavan was decked out in a suit and vest with a pocket watch and hankie for good measure. We all greeted each other and began talking til the rest of our group arrived. Ryan came next, sporting a nice shirt and his skinny tie from Ebay.
"You're wearing a skinny tie!" Katie said.
"I bought another one today," Ryan informed her. "Its a darkish one."
"We really need to help you over this addiction," she said seriously.
"He is addicted to online shopping," I explained seeing the confused looks on the other boy's faces.
There was a knock on the door and Donavan lept up.
"I don't know you," he cried. "You're not allowed in. Go away."
Maddie slid in the door and Donavan slammed it in Alex's face.
"Alex!" Katie and I yelled. "We love you, come back!"
Donavan laughed and reopened the door. Alex walked in and smiled to the crowd.
"How could you come with another girl," Katie cried, stalking up to him.
"I've got two," he said, not even blinking as she brought the old joke up.
"You CANNOT have two!" Katie cried.
"Look at how many you have!" Maddie countered, gesturing around the room. All the guys stared at each other awkwardly and then busted up.
"So we're all here?" I asked.
"Looks like it," Katie said. "To the cars!"
"Which cars?"
"Which one am I in?"
"Am I driving?"
Lets just say a lot of confusion followed until Preston and Ryan ended up in Death - Eater of Humans. TTB, Alex, and Maddie ended up in Denton - The Car.
"Wait, Paige," Ryan said, before he slid into Death's - Eater of Humans - back seat. "Do you know how to get there?"
"Ryan, do I ever know how to get anywhere?" I answered.
"It's right across from my school," he said.
"Hon, I have no idea how to get to your school," I said.
"Just follow Katie," he said.
"Don't I always," I asked and we both slid into our respective cars, laughing.
In my car discussions over the song choice broke out. There were demands from Donavan and threatenings from Maddie. We reached the parking lot, and Katie decided to lead us on a wild chase throughout the parking lot. I ended up parking and waiting for her to pull away.
When we walked into the Jack and Jill's Bowling Alley, I don't know if anyone else noticed, we got a LOT of really, really odd looks. People would glance at us, do a double take and then look back. Some people stared, open mouthed, and others would nudge their friends and mouth 'Are they serious?' Needless to say, I was cracking up. We all stood in the lobby waiting because Tanner had informed us that he would be joining us instead of going through with his original plans. Once he showed up, to the immense confusion to the guy at the cash register, we all bought our two games and rented the shoes.
I giggled to myself as we walked to lanes one and two, and peoples gazes followed us, obviously noting the clack, clack, clack, of our heals and the swish, swish of the dresses. We threw all of our stuff on the table and switched out our shoes. Donavan, Maddie, Alex, TTB and I were on lane one and Katie, Tanner, Ryan, and Preston were on lane two. And the games began.
Alex was obviously the champion, he had the form down pact. I knew I sucked, I think the highest score I'd ever received was a 103 and that was on my EXTREMELY lucky day. Katie ran - as well as she could in that huge dress - at the lane and threw her ball, squeaked, and fell over. The people at the table next to ours all covered their mouths and cracked up - which was really graceful compared to me because I almost fell over I was laughing so hard.
Closer to the end of the night, all of the guys ended up sitting in a row.
"Look," Katie said, "It's the Council of Men."
"We've decided. . . ." one of them said. Either I forgot what they said or they never actually said what they'd decided on.
"I'm not sure I trust their judgement," I whispered to Maddie.
She looked over and cracked up, "Me neither."
Once the lane one game was finished we all switched out our shoes, yet again, and started picking up our belongings.
"Alex, don't forget your real people shoes," I said, looking under both of our tables just in case.
"Oh. . . right," he said, bending over to pick them up.
The alley was less crowded when we left, but every pair of eyes in the building followed us as we walked toward the doors. I went though the check list of all the things I brought: shoes, little sister, keys, debit card. . . oh crud. Wait a minute. . .
"Alex?" I asked all innocent like. "Would you, by any chance, know where my debit card is?"
He smiled the maniacal smile that only Alex can accomplish and slid me my card in a weird overhanded way.
"Thank you," I said sweetly, and went back into my checklist: shoes, little sister, keys, debit card, knock-out ring. . . ah, well it wasn't that important. It'd cost me like fifty cents anyway. I had to run to catch up with everyone. Katie, Ryan, Preston and Tanner had already left, so my passengers were all just waiting around my car. Alex still hadn't lost the smile, which - I'm not gonna lie - kind of scared me, but I ignored it and hit the unlock button.
I slid into the car and got ready to pull out.
"Here, Paige," Alex said - I could hear the smile in his voice.
He reached up to my seat and handed me my ring.
"Really, Alex?"
"I even handed your card to you so you'd feel the ring! You didn't notice," he said, laughing to himself.
I laughed - I'll admit, I can be kind of oblivious. Despite that fact though, we made it back to Katie's house alive. People had curfew's to observe, and we'd never been late before. We were able to stand and talk in Katie's living room. Ryan had to say good-bye so he hugged all of us and rushed to his car. Being the people we are, most of us gathered at the front door to wave while he pulled out. And then. . .
Ryan got back into his car to make cerfew and Maddie, Alex, Preston and Donavan followed. I watched as slowly it was only Katie, TTB, and I left. It'd been a good day. I turned to her:
Moments Like These

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