Yesterday was a long day. Babbs pointed out that it seems like i've been here for like two months and i totally feel that way. This week hasn't been super eventful but it has seemed like a very long time. I'm grateful for that however, because i didn't want the time here to just speed by. If anything, the opposite has been true, i've been able to just leisurely enjoy Michigan. It was damn hot yesterday though but luckily i wasn't fully clean and awake till about five o'clock so the weather was okay by the time i was fully mobile.
Maristella took me out to dinner at Palio's which was really nice. I think i've been there before but i'm not really sure. I think it was for Kevin Oh's birthday freshman year but i can't even remember. I look down Main Street and i realize i've never been to any of the restaurants really. One nice thing about Ann Arbor i guess is the diversity of the food and the quality of it. I haven't personally experienced a lot of it but it's cool that Ann Arbor is like a compacted little city. Then again, because it's compacted, there's only about one of everything, except for coffee shops and record stores.
Watched SlamNATION at Jill and Palak's after dinner and we sat outside on their balcony and had a session (as Babbs would put it) of hookah. Rollen really enjoyed it i think and i'm guessing him and Babbs will be having a few more sessions. After all that, it was still only barely midnight and everyone was getting antsy so we ran off to some house party on Geddes to see assorted people. The place was jam packed with young miscreants. I recognized maybe one person (Pam who i met recently) and everyone else was a mystery. After saying several quick "hello's" i was ready to go. One thing i don't miss about college is the party hopping. While parties are fun, standing around after five minutes at a party and then agreeing that it's wack and "let's go do something" isn't that appealing. I miss the Wilmot parties.
We hung out at Peter/Howie/Erik's house (across the street from Geddes) for awhile after that and in our extreme and utter boredom, we started playing....Mafia. All these people invaded their house and Peter asked me how to gently but forcefully kick them out and i basically said, tell them your roommates are going to bed. We exited shortly after to be polite but as far as i know, they stayed in Peter's room forever and he didn't kick them out. It's a delicate situation when a dozen strangers show up and you don't want to be a total ass and boot them but you don't want them there either. Their house has a nice (albeit scary) rooftop on which i chilled for a second with some people. That was probably the highlight of the night actually, the short rooftop experience. Very relaxing.
This post is getting pretty long. To sum things up, we all went to the Diag, relaxed on the grass until we gathered enough social refugees to begin a game of...Mafia. When the sprinklers started going on, we moved to steps of the Grad and played...Mafia. Finally, to end the night, we went to watch Memento (which Sharon got me for my birthday, thanks Mom!) and everyone eventually assed out before the movie was done.
Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday (except for George who didn't even think of it until she was drunk and it was past midnite here). Thanks to Rollen for the dope one-armed Shao Ding Dong ballon guy...thanks to Sharon for Memento...thanks to Kyle and Co for the hideously ugly and colorful, yet excellent, cake. Thanks to Maristella for dinner...thanks to Martin for the energy boosting contents in the brown bag...thanks to everybody and anybody who cared. Thanks are free...have one. I'm twenty three...oldness.......