I just had an absolutely amazing weekend. Great time with friends, an excellent charitable cause laid to bed (for this year, anyway), and quality time with my family for my dad’s birthday. And since we live in such a wonderful techological age, you get to see a tongue-in-cheek, almost real-time display of it (as it really happened – don’t believe the rumors you heard).
My friend Jonathan drove down from the Virginia Beach, Va. area on Thursday. It goes without saying that it was great to spend time with him! So good, in fact, that I apparently decided to eat his face.
As you can tell, he loved it. To get the weekend off to the proper start, I introduced him to the Matilda Wong drink at 300 East. If you’ve never had a Wong, I encourage you to do so. Immediately. Here’s why:
Basically, it’s $10.50 of alcoholic goodness. (note: please drink responsibly. Oh, wait… you have to since they limit you to two because of the outrageously high alcohol content.)
On Friday, I had a chance to spend some time with a whole group of friends. We stopped by The Bar at 316 to help celebrate David Brown’s birthday, then went on to Sidelines, where we were surprised with a visit from Chad and Louis. For those of you who don’t know, Chad and I were pretty much inseparable during college and lived together several times after.
But there’s nothing quite like getting together with Chad and Jonathan. As the original members of the A-List, it was great to see the three homigos in action again.
Inebriated adventures aside, I also also had a fantastic time participating in the 2010 Charlotte AIDS Walk. I am incredibly proud to say that our team, Friends4Life, raised $6,961 for the AIDS Walk and ranked fourth highest among fundraising teams! Overall, the Walk had raised nearly $160,000 by the end of the Walk.
As a team, we all painted our faces to increase awareness of photographer Keith Bailey’s Stop AIDS Worldwide Project. I must say that Jason, Dale and I looked rather distinctive (primarily because we’re the ones in the picture below, but really, that’s neither here nor there).
On a serious note, I must say that I am very proud of every single person who walked on our team this year. This was my sixth year participating in the Walk and it never ceases to amaze me how much love, compassion, and generosity is shown by the Charlotte community in support of this fundraiser. I think that my friend Joey summed it up best when, in the middle of the Walk, he said, “I’m kind of overwhelmed by this.” Until you participate in the Walk, until you see the church congregations, drag queens, bank officers and children uniting in a common cause to benefit the community, it’s almost impossible to imagine the emotional effect it can have on you.
I felt honored to walk with the people of my community and proud of the folks who joined me in my fundraising efforts. Team Friends4Life is a phenomenal force for good, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!
After the Walk, quite a few of my teammates and I went for lunch at The Philosopher’s Stone and that evening, Jonathan and I went to T.G.I. Friday’s to see his friend Linda. I was able to play with her brand spankin’-new iPad.
On an unrelated note, my birthday is June 7.
After Jonathan left this morning, I visited my parents to celebrate my dad’s 69th birthday. On his card (which I wish I’d photographed), I very fittingly wrote, “Until some archaeologist digs up that stone tablet, there’s no way your birth certificate can be used to prove that you’re old!
But workaholic that I am, after such a fun-filled weekend I did have to do a little bit of work, so I uploaded the graphics that my fabulous friend Dan Stroupe designed for the Charlotte Pride Band’s next concert to the band’s website, where it just so happens that tickets are available for sale…
and then designed a flyer for the cleaning company my amazing cousin Anna is starting…
… and now, I’m rather pooped. Actually, I’m not pooped – I’m thirsty. Wong, anyone?
Until next time…