This weekend was one of the best I can remember having in a long long time. It all started Wednesday night when my best friend from middle and high school (Mike Lewis) landed in Las Vegas late that night. I picked him up from the airport and then headed down to his hotel to get him checked in. He was staying in a separate hotel room from his soon to be wife. She is a bit of a traditionalist and wanted to stay in separate rooms in the couple days leading up to the wedding. Wednesday night was pretty tame with a little gambling, drinking, and some late night steak and eggs.
Thursday brought the arrival of the majority of the wedding party and guests that were attending. The wedding was Friday night and everyone came in a day early to catch up and have some fun. It was great meeting a bunch of Mike’s family and friends, but it was even neater hanging out with my old friends. We had a core group of us back together hanging out for the first time in over a decade. We were so excited to see each other and be hang out that most of us forgot we are no longer in our 20’s. I have no idea what I was doing, but I had WAY too much to drink.
Friday was welcomed in with a serious hangover and left me wondering if I should find a body double to stand in for me at the wedding. Somehow I managed to pull it together though and got to Caesars in time to get dressed for the wedding photos. We grabbed a quick snack before the wedding and before I knew it we were in one of the Caesars wedding chapels listening to “I DO”. I was actually more nervous staining in Mike’s wedding than I was in my own wedding. I don’t know why, but I was feeling faint and my legs were shaky. It was a bit hot in there, but I attribute it mostly to drinking too much the night before.
The actual wedding ceremony was the quickest I’ve even seen. From the time the bride walked in the room, till the time they were walking back down the aisle, was less than 10 minutes – my kind of wedding. After the wedding we went to the reception at Joe’s Stone Crab in Caesars and then did some more drinking after in a bar off the casino. Compared to the night before it was a pretty calm night and I got home around 3am.
Saturday night was when the real party started though. After an awesome dinner at Ni9e Steakhouse in the Palms we ended back at a bar off the casino floor in Caesars. All of the old gang was hanging out. It was just like old times, except this time we were all 10 years older and married. After dinner, one of my friends turned me on to a new drink called an “Old Fashioned” and evidently it’s a pretty strong drink. After a few of those babies it was all over and next thing I knew it was 5am before we got home.
Sunday was a day of recovering and goodbye’s. I always hate saying goodbye to people and it’s even sadder knowing it might be many years before all of us are together again. It’s even possible that we may never all be together again, at the same place, at the same time. However, for this one weekend in Las Vegas, the old Lakeridge crew ruled the world.
Thanks to Mike Lewis, Matt Petrus, Matt Arden, Brain Rand, and John Sounders for all the great memories. Also, a special shout out to my wife for putting up with my drunken ass all weekend.