Matt & Spenser Cousin Reunion Pt. 1

On Friday,  On my way to my parents, I picked up my wedding rings. They looked brand new! The rhodium dip made them sparkle and shine! I can’t stop looking down at my left hand.

When I arrived at my parents’ it was around 11am. My mom was due to get off of work around 12pm. I wanted to get over there early and help her get things ready around the house, and of course see my dogs.  While we waited for my mom to get home, my dad and I sat outside and listened to some 90s music, and talked. My mom stopped and brought home Subway for us, to hold us over until dinner. We weren’t going to eat until around 7pm.

After she came home, we ate lunch, then relaxed. My mom and I laid in bed and watched the movie, Belle. I love a good period drama. She had never seen the whole movie, just bits and pieces, because she falls asleep while watching movies. I do too sometimes, but I do love my English and French period dramas.

When we got to the store, we picked up the catering that my parents had ordered for the party, and it is always a trip to go anywhere really with my parents. When we got home, we unloaded everything into the house. We weren’t sure what time people were going to start arriving, but she was thinking not until 6pm. I went upstairs, and changed my top. I put on a strapless top, that had some ruffles going down the bottom. I love baby doll tops. I remember feeling not too sure about what to expect out of today. I just kind of went with the flow. There was some drama in my family, in the past. It had nothing to do with us, children in the family, but more to do with our parents, and my aunts and uncles. Not so much the family out of town, but I am sure everyone knew a little about the drama that took place in Pittsburgh. Two of my cousins were coming, that I hadn’t seen since 1997.

Back in 1997, I was probably 10 or 11. I was in awkward phase. My hair was short, and my bangs were straight across my forehead. I was heavily into Hanson and the Spice Girls, and I think I was a bit chunky, or at least a bit thicker, back then. So yes, things have definitely changed since then.
Around 6pm, the first of my family to show up was my cousin Marilyn and her husband, Chuck and their little boy Charlie, who is now 6 years old. I met him when he was a baby. He was only 5 months old, now he is a little man. He doesn’t really say too much to me, then again I am a girl. :p

After they came in and sat down started visiting with us in the living room, my cousin Amanda. I went to the back door to greet her. I asked her where her girls were, and she said that her mom and dad are bringing them.  When Amanda’s parents arrived, my Uncle Tom and Aunt Phyllis, they parked out front. I went to the door and asked if they needed help. They were good. Olivia ran up the front steps to greet me. I love that they remember me. She gave me a big hug and went on inside. She was a leaf girl in my wedding. They unloaded their car with Liliana and  Isabella  who is is the newest little edition. She was in a baby carrier. She has gotten so big since the last time I saw her, which I think was back in March or April. My Aunt Phyllis grew up in my parents’ house, so I welcomed her home. She laughed and said thank you. They haven’t been in our house in probably 12 years. It is sad, but I think a new leaf is turning.

When I went to the back door, I saw that Becky and David had arrived and  they brought with them, Spenser and Matthew, the two boys I have not seen since 1997. I introduced myself as their cousin, Danielle and shook their hand. I felt like I didn’t know them well enough to hug them, and I didn’t want to be weird.

As the evening got underway, Matthew played his guitar for us. He had Uncle Larry’s guitar that he had bought in the 70s. His grandmother, Sharon gave him the guitar. Larry would be his grandfather. He played so well. I took a little video of him. He is a rapper. He played 50 Cent In da Club, and Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow. It was a great time.
After dinner, and after the rest of the family had left, Spenser and Matthew  wanted to go out and experience Pittsburgh’s nightlife. Andrew wanted to, but he was so tired from working all day that he decided to go home and go to bed. I understood. He worked all day, I didn’t. I was looking forward to getting out for a bit. I haven’t been out since, Anthony’s birthday, last month.
Around 11pm, the boys and I drove to Mount Washington, so they could see the Overlook. Matthew didn’t really care. He wanted to get a drink. Spenser, he is more the laid back, artist intellectual type and he loved the visual arts, so the view was more for him, then the bar scene.  After taking a few pictures, and checking out the view. The boys and I left, and said goodbye to my parents, Becky, and David, and then we were on our way to the Southside. I figured that it is a good place for the younger 21-23 year old crowd.

As were driving through East Carson Street, Matthew made a comment and said, this looks a little shady. I said, “Yes, it’s not that great of a place to be anymore, but this is a historical part of town, and always known for bars and restaurants. There has always been bars and restaurants on East Carson, dating back to the days of the Steel boom.” He kind of gave me this look like I am crazy. I have always been fond of history, culture, and the human experience.  Aside of chatting, I was trying to find a place to park, and the parking lot that I like was full. Southside has many memories for me, good and bad. I found a spot that I could parallel park in, but I was failing today at parallel parking for some reason. Matt hoped in my driver seat, and I got into my passenger seat and he was able to park my car for me.
As we walked up towards East Carson street, the first bar I wanted to take them to, was the Tiki Lounge. I just love the layout of the bar. It has this Island theme to it. When we walked up to the door, we handed the bouncer our IDs. Matt’s was broken and an end was chewed off. The bouncer asked about the ID, and he said, “My German Shepard chewed it.” I wanted to laugh, but it was true. I do remember him saying something about his ID on the way down here.
Once inside Tiki Lounge, we walked down the stairs, to the bar. We ordered our drinks. He wanted a tangeray with a lime. The bartender must have thought we were together, because she made two. Spenser got a Rum and Coke. I bought them the first round, and we went upstairs to where the dance floor is, we wanted to sit at a table, but I wanted them to get a feel for the bar before we sat down.
When a booth opened up, we made our way to the booth and took a seat. I asked them what they thought of this bar? They liked it, but also wanted to go somewhere else. I said, Okay, once we finish this drink, we will go somewhere else. I wasn’t sure where else to take them. When we left the Tiki Lounge, we walked down East Carson. Girls were tripping in the heels. One girl was wearing only one shoe. Oh Southside. I  don’t miss being down here, but it is nice to venture down here once in a while, it is just so bad down here anymore.
Once we approached Diesel and Skybar. I thought they would like it, but there was a cover charge. I thought with only an hour left until the bars close, a cover charge isn’t worth it. We walked on. We stopped at this bar called Local bar and kitchen. It seemed pretty chill. I haven’t been in there before. We decided to go there. We walked in, and the bar was crowded. Matt found a spot and squeezed in and ordered us our drinks. He bought this round. They switched to Titos and vodka. I  switched to Coors light. We went upstairs, and on our way upstairs, people were trying to come down stairs. It was crazy.

Finally there was a break in traffic, and we were able to make our way to a table. Once we sat the table, we talked about where they are from? the family? uncle Larry (their grandfather), we just talked about anything we could think of.  They never been to a big city before, and thought the girls and the crowd were different, then what they  are used to seeing at bars back home. It was fun getting to know them. Throughout the evening, they both lit up cigarettes. I guess they chimney smoke when they drink.  Around 10 minutes to 2am, they closed the top section and said we could go downstairs and finish our drinks. We went downstairs to the downstairs bar, and hung out at a table, finished our drinks, and then walked outside.
Once we were outside, we walked back towards the car, dodging the streams of people, most of them were drunk. It was a little intense, but then we made it back to the car. I got it in, and at that point. I probably had three beers and a tangeray with lime. I was feeling pretty good. I probably shouldn’t have driven home. I should have asked for an Uber, but I did. I drove them back to the hotel. I could tell Matt was feeling good. He was drinking all evening. Spenser might have been buzzed , but not as bad at Matt.
Finally, I got them back to the hotel, I parked the car and I had to go pee so badly, so I walked with them up to the room, so I could use the restroom. The one down fall about drinking, having to pee all the time. When I came out of the bathroom, I said goodbye to them, and then I went outside to my car and drove home.
When I got home, it was about 3:30am. I got changed and crawled into bed with Drew. I was so tired. It had been a long time since I had been out that late. Tomorrow was going to be another crazy day.

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