Sunday, December 30, 2007

EXCLUSIVE Countdown to New Years: Most significant moments of 2007!

Right now I'm at Crazy Mike's beach house in Lavallette, drinking and getting ready to head out to Sawmill for tonight's New Year's Eve celebration. This is currently the pre-game, but we'll be on our way out in about half an hour.

On Saturday night, we all went to the boardwalk in Seaside and played some air hockey. We walked around on the boardwalk for a bit, even though it looked somewhat deserted due to the fact that it was mid winter. Angie met up with all of us at the boardwalk. After our time at Seaside, we went to the Golden Palace for some Chinese food. Once we got back to Mike's, we played Apples to Apples.

Jack Horowitz arrived yesterday afternoon to join us for this pre-New Years celebration weekend. Volleyball Bob even made an appearance at Mike's, bringing some delicious Cluck U chicken wings in the process. Bob and I were beer pong partners in the beer pong games we played last night. We kicked everyone's ass, up until the point where Ray and Melissa came by to pay us visit. By the time they got involved in the beer pong competition, I was pretty far gone. I was pretty drunk. It was Bob and I vs. Ray and Mel. The game was rather competitive, and coming from behind, Bob and I were launching a serious comeback, up until the moment when I knocked our remaining cups of beer off the table onto the floor. My little drunken stunt cost us the game and awarded our championship to Ray and Mel. Clearly I was done with beer pong for the night.

It was a pleasure seeing Bob again, as well as Ray and Mel. Tonight, it will be a pleasure to see so many Stockton Alums at Sawmill. Supposedly, a number of Stockton alums and old friends are coming out to Sawmill tonight for the New Years Eve celebration.

Alright, at this time I would like take this moment to look back at some of the more memorable moments of 2007 - a year that was jam packed with many ups and downs.

March 10-14, 2007

House hunting and Seaside Heights Boardwalk Part I
House hunting and Seaside Heights Boardwalk Part II
House hunting and Seaside Heights Boardwalk Part III

The weekend, described and chronicled in this three post, three part story goes into detail regarding the apartment hunting going on between Crazy Mike, Colleen, Greg, and myself. An encounter with Adam “The Sheik” also took place at this time. Our love for the shore, beach, boardwalk, and desire to live in the immediate area were detailed in these posts.

July 29, 2007

I'm coming back larger than life: Let the rebuilding process begin!

After a dreadful summer during which my social life and finances went to hell and back, this marked my potential comeback to a somewhat normal life. Summer of this year was probably the worst time of my life to date, but this stage right here was without a doubt the turning point and shift of momentum.

August 19, 2007

Excellent weekend: First one in a long time!

This weekend marked the first weekend of the summer since late June that I was able to enjoy myself and have the fun I am generally accustomed to having. Dennis, Bill Dyer’s manager, held a big beer pong tournament at his house in the old Central Ave hood in D-town and I got WASTED. This was somewhat of a throwback to the old hood. Yes, I passed out in the back yard on the ground. Party foul.

September 2, 2007

My Labor day Weekend in Philly!

This was the best weekend of the summer, and it ended up being Labor Day weekend. Ray, Mel, Mike, and I went to Philly and had dinner at Dave and Busters. Afterwards, we watched Kristen and her hot dancer chicks perform NAKED in Bob Hopes Nightmare. Sensational weekend; what a way to ring in the fall season.

September 23-24, 2007

End of September weekend in Lavallette Part I
End of September weekend in Lavallette Part II

A chance to make it down to the shore for one last weekend of beach and shore appreciation. Due to a financial crisis, I couldn't come down to see my friends the previous months, but made a promise that I would be down for the next get together. This was it, and it was a memorable one to say the very least.

November 6-11, 2007

B-Money's Birthday Bash Part I
B-Money's Birthday Bash Part II
B-Money's Birthday Bash Part III

My birthday was a highly significant event this year, but when is a birthday not significant? It took place at the Grasshopper in Morristown, NJ, a location frequently visited by my friends and I throughout the fall season. At one point throughout the fall, we had gone there eight Friday nights in a row. My birthday celebration, which took place on a Saturday, was no exception. Highly significant birthday, I call it, because it was clearly the biggest birthday celebration of mine since my 21st. I was very pleased with the number of random friends of mine who attended my birthday on that evening.

December 5, 2007

Greg Root's 2007 Holiday Party Weekend Exclusive

Much like last year, Greg Root’s house looked like a winter wonderland. The Root family always does a beautiful job of decorating their household for the Christmas holiday. In my opinion, this year’s holiday party at Greg’s out did the one he threw last year. We even managed to make it to Club Shampoo in Philly, but it was a Latin night featuring Latin music, so I couldn’t dance to it for shit. LOL. Great holiday weekend at Gregs, once again this year. I always enjoy spending a weekend of the holiday season at the Root household with close friends of mine.

December 19, 2007

Stockton 2007 Fall Commencement Weekend

Jack Horowitz had finally graduated from Stockton. He invited to attend his graduation and I was honored to attend. I was not only proud of Jack for his accomplishments, but also somewhat sentimental to be back at a place that was my home for four significant years of my life. The ceremony certainly brought back memories of my graduation almost two years ago that very day.

Final thought of 2007:

Taking a video of me in shower and taking pictures of me while showering is definitely a first in 27 years. Yes, my friends took a video of me on a digital camera while I was showering tonight. Shit, I take that as a compliment! LOL.

New Years resolutions can be made every year. Some people might actually make them happen. Others might just let them drift by, enter the new year, and go about their lives the same way they did the previous year. Sometimes, it's the excitement of a new year approaching that entices us to fathom these high hopes for the future. It's that faith, however, that keeps folks such as myself going strong. Such faith, that pulled me out of a financial life crisis this past summer and brought me to better ground from about August up until now.

These hopes, high aspirations, and goals are what lead to a better way to life as a whole. Ever make a New Year resolution and not keep it? I'm sure you have. So what? Big deal! There's always next year to make another one, or two, or even three. Thought will always preceed action. Always! Through the down and torturous times, remain close to those around you. Learn from mistakes, trials, and tribulations of the past. Embark upon them to make for a potentially brighter future.

Have a Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And may you all visit BLOG OF BRYAN in 2008 and have a great and prosperous 2008!!!!!

New Years Eve celebrations with great friends are calling upon me. Time to go. Be safe and have a great night.


Saturday, December 29, 2007

B-Money's Lavallette arrival!

About half an hour ago, I arrived at Crazy Mike's beach house in Lavallette. Colleen and Raph just got here a couple of minutes ago. Angela has yet to get here. Right now, it's Mike, Greg, Colleen, Raph, and myself. I'm drinking a Guinness and having a wonderful time. Prior to getting here, I stopped off at the liquor store and picked up a six pack of Guinness and a bottle of Black Swan Shiraz and Cabernet. In just a few months, we're going to Seaside to hang out for a bit and then we're off to Carabas for dinner. Folks, the Jersey Shore is where I'll be spending the remainder of the year. Lord knows I did not get down here NEARLY ENOUGH over the summer with all of that drama that happened, but I'm here for the rest of the year and I could not be happier. Last night I went out on a date with this girl Michelle, but I will get to that another time. It's time for me to drink up and get ready for the evening at hand. Happy times - beautiful times - with memories to follow are yet to come.


Anticipation for New Years Eve continues to build!

Alright, folks. It is time for a little mid-holiday blog action, what do you say? We are smack dab right in the middle of Christmas Day and New Years and B-Money has a few matters he would like to cover as we head towards the conclusion to this year. The Christmas holiday was great to me, as I said in my post on Christmas Day. Now the anticipation for New Years Eve grows stronger and stronger as we are only three or four days away from 2008.

Last year, I went down to Jeremy’s for his New Years Eve party. This year I am back to spending New Years Eve in the club scene, as I will be going to Sawmill with Colleen, Raphael, Crazy Mike, Angela, and possibly Greg “the Rootman” Root. Hopefully Greg can make it out for the celebration. Currently working at Sears, he is going to find out what his schedule looks like tomorrow, and if need be, what must be done to modify the schedule so he can come out for New Years Eve. Look out for a count down post in the next few days, looking back at some of the most significant moments of 2007 and posts related to those moments. That should be coming out within a couple of days.

Work has been going alright. There are some bumps and smooth spots here and there, but where is that not the case? We run into ups and downs in all places of business and walks of life. Overall, I continue to go to work and continue to make money. Although I desire something more lucrative, I must go with the notion at this time that money is better than no money. The folks at CitiStreet have been fairly courteous to me. To applaud my efforts of staying later on Christmas Eve to help process a 185 page payroll from E-Serve (India), management has awarded me one extra paid day effective after the New Year. For that, I am very thankful to the management team of CitiStreet.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Christmas Glitter Graphics
Last night, as part of the Christmas Eve tradition, I watched the Christmas Carol starring Alaster Sim as Scrooge. In my opinion, that is the best Christmas Carol. Christmas was very kind to me this year. I enjoyed the holiday as I do every year. I received a number of really nice gifts, including Sirius Radio, a new laptop, printer, and a new cross and chain. Great gifts and a super sensational day. My mother also cooked a ham, which turned out to be delicious. Onto Sawmill next week for New Years Eve. Just as was the case today, that's going to be a beautiful night of celebration.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The return home of Scott Davies: Our trip to Hot 22!

During my time in South Jerz this past weekend, best friend Scott Davies returned home from his place in Las Vegas to Mine Hill to spend the holidays with his family. I finally got a chance to hang out with him on Sunday night, after coming back home from Stockton.

Where exactly did we go? I'm sure you've read the title by now, so as long as you can read, you know the answer. Yes, we went to Hot 22. Hot 22 in Union happens to be one of our favorite strip clubs. It was the site of Scott's bachelor party in June 2004. We also went there another time last year, so Sunday night marked our third trip ever to Hot 22. The great thing about the club is that it has a B.Y.O.B. (bring your own booze) policy. Admission is $16, but that's not too bad considering the fact that you save money by bringing your own alcohol. Scott and I brought a six pack of Blue Moon with us, sat down at a table in the back, and enjoyed the show.

We went to the Palm Diner afterwards on Rt 46 in Parsippany and got a bite to eat before Scott eventually drove me home. I got about three hours of sleep on Sunday night and felt slightly hungover and fucked up at work on Monday, but it was all well worth it.

Stockon 2007 Fall Commencement weekend!

As the years progress, and time marches on, Stockton continues to evolve into a reputable, heavily populated college. This fact was never more evident than was case this past weekend when I went down there for Jack Horowitz’s graduation ceremony.

Originally I had planed to drive down to P-town on Friday night immediately following my day of work at Citistreet in Somerset. However, I did not get out of work until 7pm, so I decided to go home and rest up for the evening. Besides, I forgot to bring extra clothes and essentials with me for the weekend, so I decided to drive down on Saturday. I left D-town on Saturday around 1pm.

Apparently Crazy Mike Milek was going to be in the area as well, as intended to go to the Egg Harbor Township police department to pick up an application. One problem, though. On the letter that was mailed to him from the police department, a section of the letter clearly stated in bold print that he should not come down to pick up the application on Saturday. Applications are to be picked up on Monday to Friday. Having driven down to EHT and around for an hour and a half to come to that conclusion, he claims he felt retarded. In the end, it was all well worth it.

Eventually I had arrived in P-town, which is Exit 44 off the Garden State Parkway. It has been. It still is. In all likelihood, it always will be. B-Money had arrived at his old beloved stomping grounds. Upon my arrival, I met up with Mike in the parking lot by Big Blue and we walked around the campus and reminisced about the good old times that we had at that school when we were students.

I got sentimental at certain points of the visit, once again being reminded by the familiar buildings and areas of the campus that this institution was my home for four years and was a major factor in the progressive structure of my adult life.

Eventually, Jack met up with Mike and I at the campus and drove us to Hamilton Mall. We all had a bite to eat at the food court and then walked around in the stores for a bit. Jack was trying to find Spencers Gifts so he could spend the gift card that Mike had gotten for him the previous holiday season. LOL. He’s cutting it pretty close there, being that December 2007 is already more than half way complete.

Following our time at the Hamilton Mall, we headed over to Corner Tavern in Jack’s development to enjoy a pitcher of Yuengling and talk about life. This hot chick, Nicole, was bar tending there. I remembered her when she helped out Professor Daly in my Courses Majors and Careers class in Fall of 2003. Back at the time, she was a blonde and she was fuckin’ HOT! She’s a brunette now, and she is still hot, but she lost a little bit of weight. I think I liked her a little more when she had a little bit more meat on her, but she’s still really hot.

After polishing off the pitcher of Yuengling, Jack, Mike, and I decided to buy some alcohol in the liquor store section of Corner to bring back to Jack’s with us. Jack and I went half on a six pack of Guinness, which I haven’t had in a while. I also purchased a small bottle of Southern Comfort as well as a can of Sparks (which happens to be a malt liquor beverage that is really good – almost like the Mikes Hard drinks). Mike stayed for a little bit to watch Season Two of Robot Chicken with us, but didn’t drink much being that he had to drive back to Lavallette. Soon it was time for Mike to depart, so he left Jack’s apartment to drive home.

Jack and I stayed up for a while, enjoyed our beverages, and watched Transformers. Colleen texted me during the movie, saying that she had a fever and didn’t know if she’d be able to make it down for Jack’s graduation. That was as excusable of a reason as any not to come down, coupled with the fact that her area up in Blairstown was under a winter weather storm watch. For those two reasons, she had to withdraw from Jack’s ceremony. We definitely missed her.

On Sunday morning, I woke up and drove to Wawa to get breakfast while Jack showered and got ready for his big day. I ended up getting one of those Sizzling Pancake breakfast sandwiches with the sausage, egg, and cheese inside. Those breakfast sandwiches are absolutely amazing!!! I also got me a chocolate glazed donut and a bottle of orange. Following my breakfast, I was good to go for the day. I got dressed up, left Jack’s apartment, and headed over to Big Blue for the Winter 2007 Graduation Commencement ceremony.

As I stated earlier, the arena was packed with family members due to the fact that this was a record-breaking crowd of graduates. Jack graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Congratulations to Jack for graduating Cum Laude as well as with distinction. During the ceremony, I saw more graduates than I have ever seen at a ceremony before. According to Dean Saatkamp, this was the highest amount of graduates ever at commencement ceremony. The time came when Jack walked up to the announcement of his name from President Saatkamp to be declared a college graduate. Once again, I reiterate, it was in 2007 rather than 2010! LOL.

Immediately following the the ceremony, every one made their way over to I-wing for the reception. I had some cake and coffee and ran into a few old professors of mine. Donna Albano, Michael Scales, and the distinguished Professor Bill Daly are a few of the professors I ran into.

Jack asked me if I would care to join him with his family for dinner at Applebees to celebrate his graduation. I declined on the offer, due to the fact that that moment belonged to Jack and his family. I wanted them to spend some time together. Therefore, I quietly left the campus and went for a drive around P-Town, Galloway, Absecon, and some of the other surrounding towns.

It was good to be back at the place that I labeled my second home for so long this past weekend, but the time eventually came for me to leave and head back up North to D-town. After stopping for a Cinnamon Dolce Latte at Starbucks, I made my way to the Parkway.

Will I return to P-town/Stockton again in the future? Sure, it remains likely, but the exact time of my next return is uncertain. The place has become a location filled memories, ghosts, and history from my past that will live on for an eternity. Whenever I return, those memories will always surface to the forefront. That was my weekend down in South Jerz at good old Stockton.

Once again, congratulations Jack Horowitz!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Another great fight night at Miami Mike's last weekend!

Last Saturday night, I went to Miami Mike's in East Hanover with Billy G, Tommy Lenox, and his younger brother Bobby, to watch the Mayweather vs Hatton fight. After picking up Tom and Bobby, Billy G drove over to my house to pick me up as well.

At approximately 9pm we made our arrivals at the Miami Mike's, just in time to see the very beginning of the HBO PPV telecast. This marked my third visit to the vastly evolving sports bar and it proved to be a memorable one. We ordered like five or six pitches or Miller Lite, a sampler appetizer, and entrees. I ordered myself a cheeseburger with provolone cheese and some fries. After the first couple pitchers of beer, I was feeling pretty nice. For the most part, the crowd in attendance was a pro-Mayweather crowd. This was not just a match up for the World Welterweight and Pound for Pound Championships, but also a battle of patriotism in the eyes of the viewers. Country vs. country. USA vs Great Britain. The stakes were high and the fight was pretty good. Mayweather prevailed, retaining his title by means a 10th round TKO.

I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Billy G wanted to see Hatton win the fight and give Mayweather his first loss, but that just wasn't in the cards. HBO viewers can see the replay of the Mayweather vs Hatton tomorrow night, Saturday, December 15, on HBO at 10:15pm PT.

New Years Eve 2007 being celebrated at Sawmill!

On December 31, 2007, I will be ringing in the new year at Sawmill in Seaside Heights, NJ. They have a spectacular deal for which one can purchase a ticket for $35 and enjoy an open bar and free food for like three or four hours. It is not unlike the deals that I enjoyed at Headliner on New Years Eve 04, 05, and 06. Sawmill will be very similar to that. In attendance will definitely be Crazy Mike, Colleen, possibly Raph, and Greg "Rootman" Root. We have to make sure we purchase those tickets in advance. Yes, New Years Eve WILL be on of the biggest, best, and most anticipated evenings of the year. Let's do this!!!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Miami Mike's Sports Zone tomorrow night for Mayweather vs. Hatton!

Tomorrow night is a big night for boxing, as Pound for Pound King and World Welterweight Champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather and Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton will face off against each other a twelve round championship fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

These two gladiators, who happen to be in their primes, boast a combined professional record of 81-0. As it generally comes with the territory when there are big fights, I will be heading to Miami Mike’s Sports Zone, formerly known as the Bistro, with best friend Billy G and some other folks to view the championship fight and enjoy some food and drinks. It should be a truly spectacular evening. Miami Mike’s happens to be the same site where I viewed previous mega fights such as De la hoya/Mayweather (back on May 5, also with Billy G and HBO employee Tommy Lenox) and Hopkins/Wright (on July 21).

My discovery of this sports bar back in May was truly a blessing, as Miami Mike’s is the ideal place for this boxing fanatic to go when it comes to viewing big pay per view match ups! Tomorrow night marks my third visit to the remarkable sports bar and I am looking forward to going over there to watch this fight.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Attending Jack Horowitz's graduation on December 16!

Winter 2007 graduation brings B-Money out for his long overdue trek to Stockton. I just needed one reason, and what better reason than a graduation ceremony?

Upon reading an email from Jack Horowitz, an old friend of mine from college, a few days ago, it has been determined that Jack has invited me to his graduation. He is graduating in the winter commencement ceremony this year on Sunday, December 16, 2007. No, he will not be waiting until 2010 to graduate. He'll be doing it much sooner thank God.

Pleased at the invite, I am delighted that I can attend a graduation ceremony at Stockton just two years after my graduation. After all, the last Stockton graduation I attended was the one that I graduated in. Colleen graduated in December of 2006, but I was not at the actual ceremony. Following Greg’s holiday party last year, Jack and I drove from Cinnaminson to Stockton to surprise her after the ceremony. This year, however, I will actually be present at the ceremony as well as the reception. Hopefully I get the chance to see and congregate with some of my old professors, such as Dr Worthington (the best professor I’ve ever had in any school year at any school or college), John Boyle (financial accounting professor is who razor-thin close second to Worthington), Dr Whithem, Donna Albano, and Professor Scales. Seeing a number of the professors I took courses with would truly be a pleasure.

This gives me the opportunity, not only to witness another graduation ceremony, but also to once again see Jack. Lord knows I haven’t seen Jack since Colleen’s birthday celebration back in April. Apparently, the new housing complex is now completely built, and operational, if I am not mistaking. I’m looking forward to seeing what that looks like as well as the rest of the campus amidst its recent renovations. P-town and Stockton College will once again witness yet another return of one of its most legendary superstars. I love Stockton College. Pride is a major factor in my fondness for that school and I have a lot of pride that I still bare within when it comes to Stockton and my years served and spent there. I love P-town, always! I love the Pine barrens and the fact that Atlantic City is not that far away from Stockton. Galloway Diner will always be a favorite spot of mine in that immediate location. Next week, I will see it all once again. Amen to that! No question this going to be a throwback to what once was and what is still dearly missed and remembered.

Jeremy Martinsen, my old roommate from my final year at Stockton, still lives in the immediate area. I texted him to inform him I’d be down there the weekend of the graduation and to see if he wanted to hang out at all that weekend. He told me to call him when I arrive there, so I will do so. I haven’t seen Jeremy in almost year, since his New Years Eve party at his apartment in Club III.

Congratulations to Jack for his upcoming graduation.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Greg Root's 2007 holiday party weekend EXCLUSIVE: Even better than last years!

"Drinking before the club - $20.00. Gas Money - $40.00. Club - $10.00. Surviving both Philly and Camden in one night - PRICELESS."

This weekend I attended Greg "Rootman" Root's 2007 holiday bash. I can honestly say this year was even better than last year in terms of the enjoyment and quality time I spent with all of those wonderful friends of mine. Just as was the case last year, the Roots did a tremendous job of decorating the household for Christmas. From the moment I walked into the house, I thought to myself, "Damn, this place literally resembles Santa's work shop up in the North Pole, or something to that effect."

Seeing everybody in attendance, as well as Greg's parents, was both a blessing and genuine pleasure. Those in attendance included Greg, Ray, Melissa, Melissa's brother Chris, Colleen, Raphael, Crazy Mike, Angela, and yours truly. Greg's little dog Alfie was there as well, an in good health. Last year, I recall him wearing socks around the house due an infection in his feet. This year, however, he's better and walking around the house in good health.

On Friday night, I left Citistreet around 5pm and drove to the Stop and Shop on Stelton in Piscataway to pick up some gift cards for my friends who were participating in the gift exchange. After Stop and Shop, I went to the liquor store across the street and bought two bottles of wine and a six pack of Yuengling. My two wine selections were Cavit Merlot (obviously a red) and Beringer White Zinfandel (clearly a pink). Finally, I was on my way down to Cinnaminson as I took Interstate 287 South to US 1 South to US 130 South ALL the way down to Greg's house. Taking the Turnpike probably would've gotten me to Greg's considerably quicker, but I went with the directions that Mike gave me as well as mapquest.

Once I arrived at Gregs, Mike greeted me at the door. Angela, Mike, and Greg were the only ones there at that point. Later in the evening, Colleen arrived with Raph; she hitched a ride with Raph on the way down. Last to arrive was Ray, Mel, and Chris. Ray got me a beer-themed 2008 calendar. Angela's gift to Ray was, how shall I say it, interesting? She got him a Hanukkah stuffed bear as a present. Angela is a sweetheart, and that was a very thoughtful gesture on her behalf, but there was one problem with that. Ray isn't Jewish. LMAO!!!! Everybody burst out laughing at the sight of the gift. It's the thought that counts, ladies and gentlemen. It is the thought that counts. Remember that.

We all spent the night talking, exchanging gifts, drinking, eating, and having an awesome time together. Mike, who attacked me with red oven mits at one point in the evening, also invited Angie to, "come up and sit on Santi's lap." LOL. Greg's Christmas tree was lit up in the family room. As was the case last year, we set up all the snacks in the family room. Colleen brought chocolate brownies with vanilla icing and sprinkles that her grandmother had baked. They were absolutely delicious; practically sinful! LOL. Mel baked some star-shaped cupcakes and brought them as well. All very very good!

Eventually I passed out on the floor.

Saturday morning began with breakfast at Nick's diner. Actually, I ordered my meal from the lunch menu. I had Buffalo Chicken tenders with Bleu Cheese and a Creamy Potato soup. The meal was pretty good. Whenever I'm in Cinnaminson with friends visiting Greg, we always like to make it a point to hit up Nick's Diner. The circumstances are parallel with our desire to go to Galloway Diner whenever we're down by Stockton. After breakfast, we all went Target to do a little shopping (or window shopping) and walk off the meal we just had. Greg and I were checking out the decorative Christmas villages, noticing that many of them were running on LCD this year rather than the usual fiber optic. We also rummaged through the electronics and DVD section of Target.

We went back to Gregs and got there around 1pm. Upon our return to Greg's, I wasted no time in go for the bottles of the wine that I had brought to the party. I quickly grabbed a red cup, poured myself some Cavit Merlot, and found a seat in the living room. For a portion of the afternoon, Mama Root was sitting in her chair talking to us about life, work, the world, and some other stuff relevant to us as a group. Mama Root is a very sharp woman who is filled with knowledge and wisdom. She's awesome. Papa Root is also quite intelligent; he went to Harvard, an Ivy League institution, so that speaks volumes right there. Once I polished off the Merlot, I poured myself a cup of the Beringer White Zinfandel as well. This lead to bottles of beer, which consisted of Killians, Yuengling, and some other different types of beers that were in sampler Mike had brought.

Later in the evening, following a game of Cranium that was played by Ray, Mike, Angela, Colleen, and Raph, we decided to stay at Greg's and make some burgers. Originally, we were going to go out and have some Chinese food/sushi, but some people opted to save money, so the burgers were the more viable option for dinner. In between dinner and going out for the evening, we managed to watch the movie Fido. Mike ordered Fido on Netflix, and was quite fond of it, so we all watched it while eating dinner. Fido is a movie, more like a satire, based in the 50s about these families who are using zombies as their servants. The zombies are wearing electronic collars to prevent them from getting out of control or eating the brains of their masters. It was pretty stupid, but in a silly and comical way. Basically it was a satire of what the aftermath of Night of the Living Dead would look like.

Chris told all of us about this country club called Prospectors. He suggested this place rather than Shampoo because he wanted his younger 2o year old sister, Mel, to be able to get in somewhere because she felt left out of the good times that we were having. The group, as a whole, bended on the plans and made a decision to go to Prospectors instead. Unfortunately, Colleen and Raph had to leave to head back up to North Jersey. Colleen was supposed to babysit her nephew, and Raph was her ride to Gregs, so they both had to split. Following their departure, we pre-gamed a bit as we prepared for our evening out on the town. I took a shot of Gordon's Vodka with Chris and then we headed out. Ray drove Mel, while Greg took Chris, Mike, Angela, and myself. Once we got to Prospectors, Ray was wise enough to actually drive into the entrance. Greg, however, took a different alternative for his entrance. Instead, he drove in through the exit when a big black pick up truck was just coming out. Luckily, we were not killed. Or else I wouldn't be here to type this. No, we were safe, thanks to the black pick up not crashing into us. HAHAHAHA. A little extreme and exaggerated, perhaps??? Maybe.

Let me put it this way .... Prospectors was not for me. The place was more of a restaurant than a club. There was also an older crowd present. Maybe it's a nice place to get dinner, but to go out and party? I don't think so. Besides, they were carding folks at Prospectors as well. Mel, being 20 years old, wasn't being granted entry into that place either. Angie accidentally left her ID at Greg's as well, so we walked out of Prospectors. What was the new plan? The original plan was the new plan. Shampoo in Philadelphia! Ray and Mel went back to Greg's and stayed in for the night, while Greg drove us back to his house so Angie could get her ID. Once she grabbed it from inside, we headed off to Philadelphia. I had not been to Shampoo since Fall of 2002, when I went with some Stockton heads from the old school L-dorm days. That seems like yesterday, but shockingly it was over five years ago. I still don't understand how time flies by so quickly, but it does.

It was great to be back in Philly again. Shampoo, on that evening however, turned out to be a disappointment. Why is that so? Because it was Latin night!!!!! Lord knows I am NOT a racist person; I get along with all cultures and races, as those closest to me would honestly tell you. However, I do not know how to dance to Latin music. Plus all the people who were there appeared to be together in couples, so I really didn't blend in as a single white man and neither did my friends who were with me. Angie and Mike could care less about the club, or who was it, because they are happily together which is a beautiful thing. Whether we were at Prospectors, Shampoo, or even Greg's house, it didn't matter. They have each other. We didn't stay at Shampoo for very long at all. I drank a Corona, watched some of the Latinos dance it up on the dance floor, walked around a bit, and then we left.

The most interesting part of the evening was Greg driving us back home. Nothing beats taking a wrong turn in Philly and driving through Camden to get back home. As Angie posted as a comment on my myspace, "Drinking before the club - $20.00. Gas Money - $40.00. Club - $10.00. Surviving both Philly and Camden in one night - PRICELESS." It was priceless. Eventually, after some close calls on the roads and some cursing from Greg, we made it back to his house safe and sound. After watching a porno, we all passed out and went to bed.

On Sunday morning, everybody packed their stuff and said their goodbyes. Ray and Mel left a little earlier, while Mike, Angela, and I stuck around a bit longer to chat with Greg's parents. What a weekend. I had a terrific time at Greg's house. This was my second year in a row attending a Rootman holiday party weekend. This year's was definitely better than the previous year's party.