Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Reunited, and it feels so good.

This weekend was so, SO much fun.

Highlights included: The best falafel sandwich in the whole entire world, and
managing to fit in 2 visits in 3 days. French fries from a vending machine (not especially tasty, but ingenious!) at 3 am. Seeing people I'd lost touch with and being incredibly happy (and sometimes a bit jealous) with what they'd done since college. Once again sharing a dorm room with Joanna. Holding an impromptu hall party that became the pre-party of the night. Boxed pink wine and Malibu and Diet Coke. Waking up to the sound of Eric and Allen duct-taping the words "Voorhees 2" to my door (an inside joke that somehow I find hilarious, even though it's about my boobs). Seeing my ex-boyfriend for the first time in 3 years, and hearing him say, "I heard you on KEXP!" Sneaking into our class dance party in the cafeteria (yes, totally weird) through the back loading dock and kitchens (even though I'd already paid for my ticket). Having someone tell me, "I remember you - I used to think you were really cute" (ego boost! [but yes, I realize that he said, "used to"]). Finally being able to tell people I was doing something cool ("This fall I'm starting an MPH program in nutrition at UW!"). Having friends who want to take a cab to the supermarket at 5 am, only to turn around and go right back to campus when you discover the supermarket is closed (nothing in Rhode Island is open 24 hours). Walking in the commencement processional and tearing up to see a man back for his 75th reunion.

Lowlights: Realizing, sadly, that the next reunion couldn't possibly be this
great, that I'm too old to stay out until 5:30 in the morning, and that I really really miss these people.


Anonymous captain inappropriate said...

One tiny correction - we went to Stop&Shop at 4AM, and were back at 4:30, although we did have an offer for breakfast at the local homeless shelter from our cab driver.

Nothing is open at 5AM - going so late would have been completely ridiculous.

7:17 AM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Dude, really? It was only 4 am? Well then, that's TOTALLY normal.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Gloria said...

No way, that's too funny, the Brown thing and all. I looove East Side Pockets, and am so mad that I didn't have time to go there nor to Spikes. Or Oceans. Dammit. Next year, though. Next year I am fitting EVERYTHING in, come hell or high water.

I was going to go to the Ratté (ha ha ha, I can't believe they spelled it thusly), but couldn't comprehend spending $15 to get in. I swear, my 5th year next year is going to have nothing like that. Especially since I'm supposedly helping in the planning.

And yes, I hate those belated recognitions of crushes. It is soo annoying. It's like, why didn't you say something at the time? What good is this admission of cuteness/crush now?

And I forgot how annoying it is that alcohol isn't sold in the supermarkets.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous joanna said...

nice how you worked in the "my ex-boyfriend said he heard me on kexp" in the middle of all your "it was great to see old friends" stuff, like, we wouldn't really get it that the ultimate highlight was kexp and we'd think you actually were equally happy to see us. But I got a specific shoutout, so I'm appeased. Who said you were cute? You didn't tell me that one.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous rotorglow said...

...It's like, why didn't you say something at the time? What good is this admission of cuteness/crush now?...

Shy people do weird things.


9:06 PM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Gloria, don't worry - you have next year for East Side Pockets/Spikes/Oceans (although Oceans isn't exactly "Oceans" anymore, it's now called something else, although they DO still sell Oceans' coffee). I am jealous! And yeah, the cafeteria-club...if you are planning stuff, make it cheaper, get a better DJ, give out free drinks (although I just asked for drinks and then walked away without paying, so they were free for me), and open up the soft-serve ice cream machines.

Also, yes, alcohol in supermarkets is certainly the better option, but I was excited to return to Spiritus for drinks. My old roommate Joanna actually asked the guy to card us, but he refused!

Joanna - this is what you get for being my friend - you get to hear the KEXP story 69798797 times because I'll tell anyone that mentions music who's within 10 feet of me. (BTW, I am STILL thrilled by the fact that Dan was listening.)

And RG... I suppose, in the interest of full disclosure, I should have said that I also thought this guy was cute, and *I* never said anything either. So, yeah, shyness, I get all that. I suppose 2 shy people is an unlucky situation.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous joanna said...

Kate, I want us first to agree that I have every right to mock you for repeating the story because I have **never** repeated a story in my entire life. In fact, I had to use the dictionary to see what "repeat" even meant.

Secondly, my favorite part of the story is when you half giggle, then tell people they should go to kexp.org because its the best radio station ever. I like how you spell out "org". It gives a nice harmony with "kexp". Maybe try spelling out "dot" the next dozen times you tell the story and see if it catches on? (And actually, if you have a good enough connection, you can even hear k-e-x-p-dot-o-r-g on the internet!)

4:07 PM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Joanna, you made me laugh out loud. You're right, I DO spell out the org. But I mean, really - would you expect me to NOT give out the address? You realize I do receptionist work for FREE (it actually is really exciting to deliver the mail), that's how much I love the station. Giving out the address is just the tip of the iceberg.

I should make business cards or something.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Kate, too funny about crushes. I ended up discussing the relative hotness of one of my major crushes with 2 guys in our class who came out after Brown. Apparently Pienaar was attractive to all genders!

Unfortunately no one admitted to having a crush on me :(

7:11 AM  
Blogger BS said...

I've only gotten the "I had a crush on you" comments from high school classmates. Why wasn't I attractive to all of those Wellesley women? What the hell?

2:38 PM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Jess, yes, I can definitely attest to the Pineaar hotness.

BS, I am POSITIVE that some of those Wellesley women were attracted to you. They were just too shy to say anything!

9:54 PM  
Anonymous anna said...

this thread is all too funny. ah, college crushes. so who said you were cute? now i'm curious too

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Allen Y said...

Can you please tell us all who your crush is? Now all of us are curious.

9:15 PM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Hello Allen!

First of all, he's not my "crush." And second of all, if you really want to know, I'll email you. I'm not going to post this guy's name on my blog. (Turns out a picture of him is the first result on google... yes, I know, I'm pathetic.)

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Allen Y said...

FYI, many people thought that Captain Inapprpriate was cute in college, but they never told him, not even at reunion.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous jojo said...

when did you tell him, allen?

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Allen said...

Captain and I are close, but not that close - I think Dainty Mike had a little crush on the Captain, but he has no plans on telling him.

5:09 PM  
Blogger winnekat said...

Finally! We have brought Dainty Mike into this discussion. Just what I was hoping for.

11:31 PM  
Anonymous captain inappropriate said...

Sometime I wish Allen would STOP telling me ...

Isn't Dainty Mike married now too? Do I hold some sort of strange sexual fascination for married men? Can I make money from this?

11:36 PM  
Blogger winnekat said...

For the record, I had nothing to do with the "dainty" part of the "Dainty Mike" nickname.

And yes, he is very happily married now, so we should perhaps leave him alone. And as for his nickname... A man's allowed to make one wrong suitcase choice in his life, right?

CI, I am SURE you could make money off that, somehow. Especially in NYC.

11:39 PM  

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