Friday, July 15, 2005

Best Weezer Video Ever

Thursday, July 14, 2005

I don't know if I put this up before, but I *heart* The Comics Curmudgeon

Victoria and her kids dancing. These kids danced non-stop. And me getting my groove on. Posted by Picasa

Elli and her dad dancing, that guy can really cut a rug. Posted by Picasa

I really liked this picture. That's my dad and Elli. Posted by Picasa

Our first dance. Posted by Picasa

We're on our way out and people are throwing bird seed at us. That's why I look kind of funny. Well, I look kind of funny anyway, but more then usual. Posted by Picasa

Here we are at the end getting ready to smooch. During practice I kept asking when I was going to get to kiss her. When Reverend Pat said "at the end" I said I didn't know if I could wait that long. Posted by Picasa

Elli's sister, Alyce, said a few words and read a poem near the beginning of the ceremony. Sometime I'll put up a copy of it, parts of it were funny. Posted by Picasa

Here's Elli facing me. Posted by Picasa

Here's my close personal friend Rob, doing the honors of playing the wedding music. Elli came in to "I Will" by the Beatles, and we walked out to "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones. Posted by Picasa

I'm kind of doing this backwards, but here are some pictures of the wedding. Most of these were taken by my friend Kathryn (thanks K!). Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 07, 2005

During our time at the resort we amused ourselves by playing a game in which we counted lizards, or as we called them "lizarders." Thus the game was called "lizarderering." Elli was the undisputed champion of lizarderering, ringing up twice my totals a good portion of the time. This guy was pretty easy to spot, as he is black and sitting on white. You didn't see this too much, and I think the birds also enjoyed playing lizarderer. Posted by Picasa

Every night at our resort the Animacion people would put on a show. There's a good number of different shows, this one was called "Mega-mix." It had a lot of American pop music in it, so me and Elli liked it the best. Most of the other ones were merengue. Posted by Picasa

In our resort each cluster of rooms had a statue of the native Taino gods in it with a plaque about the god. Most of the Dominican people that we saw looked like they were of African descent. In general, Dominicans are a mix of Hispanic, African, and native populations. They are supposed to be very proud of their native heritage and they celebrate a good number of native holidays.  Posted by Picasa

The resort area was dotted with little ponds and nice landscaping. Posted by Picasa

Another beach shot with my wife in the foreground. Posted by Picasa

Here we're right on the edge of the greenery next to the beach. The beaches in the D.R. were very pretty. The weather in the picture is pretty much how it was the majority of the time that we were there. Party sunny. It would rain at random times for a couple of hours then it would be back to partly sunny. I was told that summer is the rainy season, if you go in the winter the weather is either sunny or partly sunny for about 6 months. Posted by Picasa

Here's a view of the approach to the beach. Over on the left out of sight was the place they served the continental breakfast, and to the right was one of the many bars that lined the beach. All of this was included in the price that we paid to go to the resort. Posted by Picasa

Here's a closer picture of the swim up bar. If you've never been to one it's pretty cool. They have little stools that are underwater. We spent a lot of time here in the afternoons sipping on tropical frozen drinks. Our biggest gripe the whole time we were there was that merengue was the only music we heard, and it was playing everywhere. Usually the same 4 or 5 songs. I've got nothing against merengue, but I certainly wasn't happy to hear it 24/7. Posted by Picasa

This is a picture of the largest of the swimming pools from far away. The building in the middle is the swim-up bar. In the front is one of the hot tubs. Posted by Picasa

This is typical of the paths that go from place to place all over the resort. It was nice to be able to walk in shade pretty much everywhere. The plants were really beautiful. Posted by Picasa

There's a pond in front of the Palladium Bavarro Grand (our resort) that has flamingos, turtles, fish and other creatures swimming around in it. Posted by Picasa

Some pictures from my honeymoon to the Dominican Republic. Here's my wife in the hotel lobby. Lobby is really kind of a misnomer, it's like a big open air pavilion. We spent a good amount of time here, it's kind of a night-time meeting place and hangout. You couldn't sit down for more then a minute without one of the staff from the bar asking if you want anything (unless you already have a drink in front of you.) Posted by Picasa