October 30, 2006

Hillsdale Homecoming Part 3

Fri Oct 6, 6:00 pm: Allie, Nic, Kim and myself arrive at the Hunt Club to find out that the entire upper level of the tavern is reserved for us. Apparently there had been numerous fights over billiards games in the upper area, so they only use it for large groups. Amazingly we arrived before Dr. Reist, which may have been a first not only for us, but for anyone.

6:01 pm: Dr. Reist arrives.

6:01:30 pm: Dr. Reist tells his first joke and orders his first gin and tonic.

6:20 pm: As we start to wonder if anyone else is going to show up, Marty Muntz (he took over my position as youth pastor at Somerset Congo) arrives followed soonafter by Muffin Moorman, who finally finishes her day of travel that I think began at 5 am from Dallas.

7:15 pm: The party is jumping now as Crazy Carl and Robey show up, followed by the boys who have returned from Fort Wayne with a Mr. William Gray in tow.

7:25 pm: I order a boring salad, since nothing else on the menu agrees with my stomach as the effects of the funky cappuccino continue.

7:30 pm: Kim's slow friends finally show up. That would be just about all of them.

8:30 pm: With the party still raging, we all line up for a group shot in case anyone would later need photographic evidence to support an alibi.

10:00 pm: The group makes it way down to College's Homecoming Bon Fire and Fireworks. Since we were having so much fun at the Hunt Club, we missed the steel drum band the college brought in from Iowa. We were able to see the fireworks as we ventured down from Whitely to the soccer fields.

10:15 pm: Seeing the college students running around the bon fire, giggling like idiots and looking like junior highers, I realize that those days appear to be over for our group of friends.

10:16 pm: I turn around and observe off in the distance a sumo contest between Gray and Mohler. They enact the entire pageantry of the contest. The old man wins convincingly. Perhaps our glory days are still at hand. But then again I am pretty loopy at this point having had no sleep in over 40 hours.

10:20 pm: A Hillsdale Collegian reporter begins to interview Tony, Joel and myself asking for memories of days gone by and our thoughts on homecoming. After giving my two cents, she asks me for Joel's name since he left before she could ask. I think of three possible answers: 1) Joel (that is quickly dismissed), 2) Nate Davis (classic, but sometimes overplayed) and 3) Andrew Burns. Since Burns decided that the birth of his first child was more important than us, I told the reporter "Andrew Burns is his name."

10:45 pm: Tony, still retelling his collegiate tales to the reporter, is now through his sophomore year. The reporter eyes an escape route but none are available. (Here is the website of the article: http://www.hillsdale.edu/collegian101206/default.asp?sect=arts&item=they_did; Tony's comment at the bottom of the article is about yours truly.)

change before heading over to the Phi Mu Alpha house (where Carl, Robey and Mohler are staying) to hang out. But after not having slept in a long, long time, I hear the muses of the bed beckon me to sweet, slumber. I heed its call.

Sometime after 11:15 pm: Apparently Carl "accidentally" spills some Coke on Tony, who is able to control his five (maybe more this time) seconds of fury. I continue to sleep.


Burns said...

Thank you for trying to get my name in the Collegian in my absence!

Bethany and I wish we could have made it out and we're sorry to have missed all the fun. We are now enjoy multiple late night feedings!

ldmiller said...

Burns! You need to send me some pics by e-mail. Pronto!

stina said...

hey! we're not slow! = ) just took our time... haha!

MM said...

Correction: Muffin Moorman appeared BEFORE John Reist. Not after. This is key.

ldmiller said...

My apologies. Did I get your travel itinerary correct?

B said...

Slow? Me? Honestly, I'm insulted!!


Becca said...

Um... I accidentally hit "publish your comment" without typing in my full name. That was me...

KI said...

Reist! The Hunt Club! Gin and tonic! You're killing me, L. When do we get the Saturday narrative?

Mom in MI said...

Thank goodness for Part 3. It is finally getting interesting. I loved the pics. Didn't know some of the kids. Or do I???? Have they changed? Mom in MI
Did Tony come all the way from Japan or is he in the USA...i wouldn't know he never writes or emails me. ddmiller56@hotmail.com
hint hint.

Hack said...

i expect to read about the runaway baby in the next installment, keeping in mind that yours truly did not know that the baby was barrelling towards him, due to extreme focus on the frisbee. dad throws the frisbee, mom rolls the baby down the hill... not a hard call to make, except that i saw the frisbee first and have never been that good at multi-tasking.

twas great to see you. and other people too. i have returned to cyberspace, though not so triumphantly as i would have liked. nonetheless, i am back.

Hack said...

and to mama miller, thanks for thinking of me. but as always, i am only a click away. come visit me at hack rambler's blog. MY mom doesn't even know how to use the internet, and my dad refuses to post comments. boo hoo.

BillG said...

In all fairness, Mohler caught me off guard with his "Sumo torpedo" technique.

I didn't even have time to snap off a Sonic Boom or anything.

Del said...


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