Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Demolition Derby Baby!

We had a great time at my wife's 20 yr high school reunion in Illinois over the weekend. I love 80's music, but I think I am up to my ears in it....that's all they had playing all weekend at the get togethers...I would post some pics of the 80's night, but only a handful of people got into the spirit of it and dressed up in 80's clothes (my wife included--hottest 80's chick by far)....I was totally bored most of the time because my wife was catching up with old friends and I knew none of the people there.....the first night we were in a bowling alley (oddly enough, nobody bowled) and I found another bored spouse so we shot pool and hung out together all night. That was pretty fun. Oh, and I also regained the title of Ms Pac Man Champ of the family by beating my wife. (I also beat her in Donkey Kong and Galaga, but who's keeping track?)

The next night was a dinner and dance, which was fun for about the first two hours, then I was bored again. The music was so loud that you couldn't even have a conversation, so we left and went to the 24 hour Steak and Shake with another couple and hung out for about 2 hours. They have killer homemade ice cream shakes, by the way.

For Sunday morning, we were asked to lead the song time at the memorial service/church service during the reunion. It is something we've done for years and we enjoyed making some music together. My wife and I are both musical. I play guitar/piano and she has a killer voice, she even got her degree in vocal music. She was also in all the musicals during high school and stuff too (she is responsible for getting me interested in musicals), so her classmates were used to seeing her up on stage. We led a few worship songs and performance songs as classmates that had passed away in the last 20 years were remembered. It was a nice service.

Lisa and I singing for the HS Reunion

By far the highlight of the weekend had to be the Demolition Derby. My kids absolutely loved it too. After the first 5 minutes, my 7 year old said "I want to be in a demolition derby!" The fair was in town and my mother in law had gotten tickets for us to all go together. (unfortunately, she became ill and was unable to attend with us) We had 3rd row seats, with a great view of the action.

Here are a few pics:

Getting ready for the Demolition Derby to start

Amazing that with today's economy, people would still buy a car just to crash it.

After each heat, they have to pull the wrecked/stalled cars off the track. Look close and you can see the driver is still in the car.

And here is a short video of the action. If you have never been to a Demolition Derby before, they are a lot of fun.

We rode a few rides after the Derby. Here is a pic of the fairgrounds from the top of the Ferris Wheel. The weather was perfect and it was a perfect evening for a small town county fair.
We also ate all the fair food--corn dogs, nachos, sweet potato fries, lemon shake-ups, etc. Truly a fun way to end our reunion weekend.

btw, anyone else have issues with your blogger reader/dashboard?


Shannon said...

I had my 20th HS reunion this past weekend as well. My husband and I both had a great time because he actually knew a lot of the same people. I still am recovering from the blisters I formed from dancing so much.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

a lot of people seem to be complaining about google reader/blogger list issues

X-Country2 said...

My reader is thankfully safe, but I've read a ton of people having issues with it today.

lindsay said...

i hope you had a funnel cake! :)

they show demo derbies on tv here sometimes... looks like someone's home-video quality but still random to watch. i'm sure it's much cooler in person!

Fair Weather Runner said...

oh what a fun weekend.... trust me that had to be FAARRR better than that evil race on saturday. you guys are such a cute couple/family!