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Vogon met the Parents. It went well.

Things didn't go exactly as planned, but they went well with regards to Vogon meeting my family.

We were still getting ready when they arrived, so I went downstairs to meet them and was helping carry some things they'd brought up when Vogon brought Laurel down, who was thrilled to see everyone and take them upstairs to show them 'her' cat and her latest drawings on the patio while we talked and made plans for the night -- dinner reservations at Magic Time Machine and maybe miniature golfing afterward. Laurel wanted to go with them to run errands before dinner, so I saw them off and enjoyed a good two hours of much-appreciated time alone with Vogon.

Laurel arrived to dinner dressed in a completely different outfit from earlier in the day and proudly told us she'd gotten a ballerina outfit too. She was thrilled with our server, Hercules, and he got a kick out of my mom, calling her the best comedic assistant he's had. Dad got a kick out of the menu, frequently asking if anyone wanted a Roman Orgy, and my older sister kept suggesting I get a martini, but we had a fun time and she confused her husband when he called while we were at the salad car (a 1952 MG roadster -- he wanted to know where the driver sat. As expected with their enormous servings, almost everyone took home leftovers and as we were boxing things up, Hercules came by one last time to ask if anyone wanted dessert and if we minded if he brought out cookies for Laurel, spelling out both 'dessert' and 'cookies', which I found hilarious. (:

After dinner, we were enjoying the warm weather while retrieving Laurel's carseat and stuff from my folks' car when we spotted a USGS benchmark on the side of the building. Whee! (I really should start geocaching here so Vogon can see why my family's so hooked on it.) I'll have to keep my GPS receiver in my bag so the next time we're down there I can note the coordinates and take a better photo since the one I took has some flash washout. Mom and Amy were looking pretty tired since they'd been up late the night before twisting balloons, so we agreed to get together in the morning and go from there.

Despite my older sister's threat to call at 0830, Laurel and I were actually up and ready when I called her at 0845 -- and Mom answered because my sister was still getting ready. Goof. We agreed to meet at Denny's and Laurel had a ball there, eating the whipped cream off Mom's hot cocoa and sharing her pancakes while trying to crawl over her to play with Sarah. We went over the park near our house and Laurel played on the playground while the rest of us enjoyed the sunshine and talked.

They left for the drive back to Austin (their flight left around 1900) just before noon and we all got teary-eyed, then Laurel asked for some 'Dora soup' (Campbell's chicken noodle soup with Dora the Explorer shaped noodles) for lunch and I went into the study to watch the end of Puni Puni Poemy with Vogon. Apparently the front sitting over us held off on kicking my butt until then, because I spent the entire afternoon sleeping and was sick all evening, but Laurel behaved very well for Vogon and was thrilled with the "long, long, long bubble bath" he let her soak in before bedtime.

The upshot: Vogon thought my folks were exactly like he expected them to be, everyone seemed to like him, and Laurel is wearing the ballerina skirt and dancing around as I type.

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cloudy_raen
Feb. 22nd, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
Geocaching = AWESOME.

I'm a geography student, so I can appreciate you and your family's excitement about it! This is the website we always used to use: http://www.geocaching.com/. I'm sure you've already seen it though.
oddharmonic
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
I bought a basic Garmin eTrex a few years ago out of geeky fascination, then got my family hooked on geocachine. I think they've actually found more caches than I have! I'm on geocaching.com with the same username I use here.

Do you have a concentration withon your major or is it just geography? I've thought about studying cartography, but I'm not sure if it's what I really want to do yet.



cloudy_raen
Feb. 22nd, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm at Oregon State right now being a graduate student. I'm mostly doing GIS stuff, which is really cool, but they have an excellent cart program (as do a lot of other places).

I feel you on the map thing ... it's so great designing and making sure everything looks asthetically-pleasing. The good thing about GIS though is that it's a little more quantitative than just map-making, and it's so applicable to so many things (business, natural resources, etc.). I'm doing crude oil stuff right now and really liking it. The downside is that I get a little too "involved" and spend a bit too much time perfecting things (my perfectionist side ... I need to kill it).

If you have any questions about it, I did my undergrad in it too and can probably answer any of them. You'll be surprised how many people are such geography geeks though.
mountain_hiker
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
Are you back in CO?
oddharmonic
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
Nope. My family was in Austin over the weekend for a ballon convention and drove up to visit us afterward before heading back to Austin to fly home. They're back in Colorado, though!
mountain_hiker
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
Must be a clown thing. ;)
oddharmonic
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I'm not a clown 'cause I'm only funny-looking, not funny. (;
may_lyn
Feb. 22nd, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
god, i wanna go!
glad you had fun, and noone ran from the room crying. i know you love and respect your parents, and how important it was to you that everyone like each other. kudos! :D
oddharmonic
Feb. 25th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
You want to go to Magic Time Machine? If you're in Dallas sometime, we'll make a dinner date. There's one in San Antonio, too.

I am so glad everyone got along well. (:
may_lyn
Feb. 25th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
oooh, an invite!
sounds like my kinda place. fun and silly. i like fun and silly, in case you couldn't tell.

i can't wait to get well enough to travel!
techno1992
Feb. 23rd, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
that's really great news!
not that I would have expected your folks to not like Vogon, but I know that it's usually an unexpected relief that everything turns out ok.
and I can't imagine what it would be like to meet clown-parents. I'm usually the "funny" one, so I'd feel waaaaaay out of my league.
anyway, I'm very happy for you that everybody liked everybody!
oddharmonic
Feb. 25th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
My folks have generally only been lukewarm on the guys I've dated or considered dating, so their warm reaction to Vogon is one of the best signs of approval I could get.

Vogon has only seen photos of my family in clown, which is probably enough for now -- it's a little disconcerting to see them in costume and character the first few times, especially if Laurel's around because she _loves_ to watch them apply makeup and has been known to make off with a clown shoe to carry like a purse.

Thanks!
angrykeyboarder
Feb. 23rd, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
After reading this I can't help but wonder if a) you've worked in the travel industry or b) you've been in the military....

It's good to hear everyone liked one another. Personally I think my ex-fiancee's family is great. Too bad they didn't rub off on her....
oddharmonic
Feb. 23rd, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
My 24-hour time preference is actually just a quirk like giving out my location in latitude and longitude, but I have been around the military most of my life (my folks met in the Air Force and Himself was active duty Air Force for much of our marriage).

My folks are easy to get along with, so I was really interested in seeing what my sisters thought of him, which seems to be good -- they warmed up to him pretty quickly and didn't blink when she called him Daddy (I don't encourage her, but I don't discourage her if she does), so I think we're in good.
angrykeyboarder
Feb. 23rd, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
cool
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