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Pride '05 
27th-Jun-2005 10:21 pm
Me & D
We arrived in Atlanta around 10 or 11AM on Saturday and spent the morning and afternoon getting arie moved into her new digs, which are beyond swanky. The entire complex she's moved into is absolutely gorgeous, from the landscaping to the apartment layouts and the color scheme of everything inside and out. We all (arie, her Mom, D, and I) were worn out and very accomplished by the end of the move and decided to go down to the pool for a swim to relax and cool down. We went to dinner at this great Italian place in Kennesaw, I cannot remember the name of it. arie, what was the place called and where was it so we can pass it on? We went back to the new apartment just as darkness crept up and helped finish get things in order before bedtime. That was when I made the post announcing my intentions to ask D to marry me. I hardly slept at all that night and what I got was very restless from being both nervous and feeling like I wanted the moment to be perfect for him. We got showered in the morning and bid my sweet arie adeiu and then set out for Pride. We met Mom & Tina within 5 minutes of arriving at the train station, and all of us took the train to the Civic Center. We had been there a short time when I finally got to meet princessnoire, who is so much more adorable in person than I had anticipated. A few minutes after she joined us, wsbsdrewnelson hsowed up. Before too long, I spotted huffdaddyatl and djxatlantaacross the way, as well as two guys I recognized from Bear411. I also finally got to meet beefybull, whom I am certain now thinks I am completely delirious. Just before I proposed, roypup came and joined in the fray. While waiting for the parade march to start, I finally summoned up the courage to propose. I swear, I have never been so nervous in my life!



Within minutes of him saying "yes" (SCORE!) and many tears, hugs, phone calls and text messages to let others know, the parade kicked off. The weather was wet and cool for pretty much the entire day and we weren't complaining, it's usually Africa Tarzan hot this time of year and Pride is always a sweltering affair. It always rains, too. No way of ever avoiding that. I don't mind the rain either, it always cools everything down and gives perspective. Plus, it's fun playing out in the rain with lots of other people all having a good time together. It was great fun watching the people in our group experiencing their first Pride ever, seeing their reactions to everything and the emotion that always comes along with it - especially on your first one.



I have to admit, I never really feel like it gets tedious or boring, I'm always excited and full of energy. There is something completely liberating about this experience, I've said this many times before. The comeraderie, the pageantry, the complete uncivilized debauchery, and every other element you can think of. I love when we hit Peachtree and walk past St. Mark's, the congregation has the church decorated with rainbow flags and balloons and streamers and banners all over everything and they set up water stations and take turns running out into the crowd, giving everyone a drink and sometimes spraying them down with a water hose if it's really hot. Always a kind word, and always said with a smile.



Finally got down to the larger part of the parade route that has all of the spectators, it was awesome. We marched with the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club, and our chant was FABULOUS! Tyson would lead the chant and we'd all repeat in earnest several times over the following:
Monday is a wanking day! *make simulated masturbatory gesticulation*
Tuesday is a finger day! *wiggle a finger*
Wednesday is a fisting day! *guess what we did here*
Thursday is a fucking day! *pull fists down into pelvis, thrust hips forward, repeat ad infinitum*
Friday is a drinking day! *simulate drinking from a glass*
Saturday's a Rugby day! *throw both fists in the air*
Sunday is the Lord's day! *kneel on one knee*
BUT SATURDAY'S A RUGBY DAY!!
After each cycle of this, he'd scream "IS EVERYBODY HAPPY?" to which we responded "YOU BET YOUR ASS WE'RE HAPPY!", then put our cups or whatever we were holding on top of our heads and turn around singing "La, la, la, la, la, la, la..." in a decrescendo. SO much fun! Got to the park finally and made a beeline to find six10steve, who was waiting on profundis to give him a massage, then made the rounds for a bit. Got lunch, saw roypup for a bit, ran into (and finally introduced myself to) redteufel, and generally hung out a bit before heading back home. The two pictures below were my very favorites of the day, so I post them in full.



Comments 
28th-Jun-2005 03:10 am (UTC)
So very happy for you :)
28th-Jun-2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 03:12 am (UTC) - He said Yes.
Congratulations to you both!
xox
28th-Jun-2005 08:54 pm (UTC) - Re: He said Yes.
Thank you! BTW - HOT icon, I'm loving the new pics!
28th-Jun-2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Yay! I've been waiting for this post so I could hear what happened. :)

Congratulations to you both, and I wish you the very best together. :D
28th-Jun-2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 03:22 am (UTC)
You so cute, boy-o. Happiness and blessings to you.
28th-Jun-2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 03:23 am (UTC)
congrats.
Sorry I didn't see you guys.
28th-Jun-2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! No worries, there'll be other times!
28th-Jun-2005 03:24 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
28th-Jun-2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 03:26 am (UTC)
It's called Capalbo's. It's on the corner of Old Hwy 41 and Barrett Parkway. (a block west of Barrett Parkway and 41)

Like I told D, I can't thank you guys enough for all your help. You're welcome here anytime you like.

I'm so happy for you both. :D
28th-Jun-2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Tonight I'm making eggplant parmesan, oven fried zucchini, and foccaccia. I only wished I could've gotten taht red sauce recipe!

Welcome sweeetie, our pleasure. We'll se you in a couple of weeks!

Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 03:41 am (UTC)
Aww! Congrats!
28th-Jun-2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 03:45 am (UTC)
Sounds like you both had a great weekend. Congratulations! I wish you great happiness.
28th-Jun-2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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28th-Jun-2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! HAD to get pics, have video of it also - in time it'll be iploaded.

ROFL @ the dog!

See you in a couple of weeks!
28th-Jun-2005 03:50 am (UTC)
YAY! CONGRATS! Cute pictures too! CELEBRATE LOVE!
28th-Jun-2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 03:53 am (UTC)
Yay! Congrats to the both of you!
28th-Jun-2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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28th-Jun-2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 04:08 am (UTC)
Its about time. :-) You two are an incredible match. Luv you guys.
28th-Jun-2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you, baby - we both love you more than you could know!
28th-Jun-2005 04:08 am (UTC) - CONGRATS!
CONGRATS!!! The pictures are wonderful! Very happy for you! I am sad I didn't FINALLY get to meet you at Pride this time...it was a last minute decision that I went so I was unable to access my computer to "get up with you". I am sure you had fun, as I did too. (MUCH NEEDED)
Anyway----long long story, more later! Glad you displayed the pictures it was great to see.

Hopefully we can chat sometime soon.

B
28th-Jun-2005 08:59 pm (UTC) - Re: CONGRATS!
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 04:30 am (UTC)
congratulations puppies!
28th-Jun-2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 04:32 am (UTC)
This is such wonderful news! Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

It sounds like it was an fun filled weekend.

I wish you both a life filled with love, joy, happiness, family get togethers, holidays with family and friends and a joy that comes from knowing you are loved.

You both look so throughly estatic. I'm so excited for you both!

Congrats!

Christina
28th-Jun-2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 04:56 am (UTC)
Words cannot describe the time i had with you all. The Bucks were wonderfully great! The smile on Tina's face for most of the day was heart warming. To walk behind you and D and see you holding hands was great! I'm glad I'm able to be a part of this. I love you both and i love your friends too!
28th-Jun-2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
It will never be the same unless you're there from now on, both of you. Weren't the Bucks great?

I love you, Mom - more than you know. :-)
28th-Jun-2005 05:09 am (UTC) - Re: Pride '05
he said "yes"!!! congratulations, you two, and much, much happiness!
28th-Jun-2005 09:01 pm (UTC) - Re: Pride '05
Thank you!
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28th-Jun-2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 05:21 am (UTC)
HE SAID YES! Woohoo!!! Way to go, man, that's awesome! I'm so happy for you. When you write about him, you sound so much in love, and this is just so wonderful. You can't imagine how big my grin was as I clicked through the pictures of you proposing, and I'm still grinning all big and goofy right now. Congrats! :D
28th-Jun-2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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28th-Jun-2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 05:52 am (UTC)
Of course he said yes -- he'd be stupid not to :)

Congrats to you both. May you live as long as you'd like, and love as long as you live.
28th-Jun-2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
28th-Jun-2005 09:32 am (UTC)
congrats! sorry we missed you.
28th-Jun-2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! No worries, next time!
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28th-Jun-2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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