Sunday, January 30, 2011
Bachelor Party Rewind and awaiting the Snow/Ice Fall...
Usually I don't post on the weekends, but on occasion I want to get things posted and out of the way....
Hal's Bachelor Party____
After finishing up the Junior High games at St. Marys yesterday, I showered and headed south down 127, then crossed into Indiana on US 36 and steered towards the Perfect North Ski Area near the Ohio River, not far from Cincinnati. Hal, Sam, and a half dozen or so other guys, were already there when I arrived just before 4pm. Most had spent the day skiing, or tubing(in Sam's case)...and some were doing it for the first time in their lives. The place was crowded and the weather for skiing was picture perfect. Warm sun coming down, light winds, and highs in the 40 range.
It's been 30 years or so since I last donned the boots and grabbed the ski poles, as I had choose to let that sleeping dog lay. I worked at a ski hill in Wisconsin back in the late 70s, and learned on the slopes of upstate New York at Snow Ridge in Turnin, along with my buddy, the late Jack Friedl, in the winter of 70-71. I liked skiing, but at 61, and the back feeling pretty good these days, no way am I trying that anytime soon, if ever again....I'll let the younger guys go for it.
When done on the slopes, we jumped into our various vehicles, headed for I-275 and backtracked north on I-75 to Covington, Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati. There, 15 of us, gathered in our rooms at the upscale(we had great rates because one of Hal's future brothers-in-law works for the corporation) Marriott RiverCenter, located on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, right at the river front. Once in our rooms, the skiing guys grabbed their showers...meanwhile I walked downstairs to bar areas, and see none other that West Virginia Basketball Coach Bobby Huggins walking through the lobby with his bags...I greeted him, he said he was doing great. It ended up just that, as his Mountaineer team, staying at the same Marriott, defeated his former Cincinnati Bearcat squad later last night.
After the clean up crew was done, we gathered, grabbed 4 cabs and headed the 10 minute drive to the Riverfront "Hooters" Restaurant, where we had plenty of beer and chicken wings, watched Ohio State survive against upstart Northwestern, by a point, and I took plenty of photos. We let the "Hooter Girls" tease Hal as well...leaving there, we again grabbed cabs and headed to Newport...where we spent the rest of the night, downing beer, shooting pool, and riding the Mechanical Bull....
We kept it pretty well together, with me, as the oldest(and dad) keeping an eye on Hal, so he wouldn't get too many spirits. I did well until the last bar, when the boys poured a few shots into him, while I was shooting pool....but we made it back to the Marriott in one piece, once there, Sam and Matt, one of Hal's baseball and high school buddies, decided it was time for a White Castle run. They came back with $47 worth of White Castle products...including 40 "sliders" 20 with cheese, 20 without...a dozen orders of fries, and some chicken rounds. Talk about revolting! This morning, I think there were still a dozen or more "items" left.... because some of the guys never made it back to the hotel last night...but by the time we headed out of Kentucky through Cincinnati this morning, a full head count was made, everybody accounted for...and I think the hangovers were minimal.
Now with one of three phases of the upcoming marriage of my youngest out of the way, we can concentrate on the next 2 portions. The wedding in West Virginia next weekend, and the reception in the Dayton area on February 19th.
But first off it appears we will have a major weather problem on our hands starting late tomorrow night, and lasting into the mid and late mid-week. Hopefully if the predictions are correct(and we are hoping they are not), the mess that appears to be coming will be gone by the time we head east and south towards the mountains of West "by god" Virginia on Friday.
For right now however, they are calling for up to 20 inches of snow north of Celina towards the Michigan line and in Northern Indiana. We are on the border of snow and the predicted Ice, looking like more ice at this time, which could cause power outages and much worse. Once the ice/snow storm is finished, brutal cold and winds are expected. As of now it appears that West Virginia may miss the worst of the storm...our problem is getting through the mess in Ohio and getting there by Friday night, with the wedding set at the lodge for 6pm Saturday.
Top Left: Hal, 3rd from left, with two of his future brothers-in-laws and his future father-in-law Tim. The table at Hooters when the night was still young, Hal gets his own "hooters", Hal with Powell and Stump two old school mates from Celina. Sam, taking his turn on the "Bull". And Stu, Hal's Celina and college buddy, who helped get this party together riding....but all good things end, Turn out the lights, Hal's Party is just about over!
Below, more photos:
I take my one and only ride of the night... and below the Marriott RiverCenter in Covington, Kentucky