Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Who'd a Thunk

Well it's been almost a month since I last updated the blog. HI MOM! It's been a rather bland month, that is until this last week.

Another one bites the dust!! I don't mean that in a pessimistic way, but there is one less single comrade after this week. Mark and Julie are now Mr. and Mrs. Tesi!! Big Congrats! It was a great 10 days back in the old stompin' grounds. Family, great friends, strippers, dinners, surfing, and a Brazilian drum troop all capped off by a spectacular wedding event.

Pretty much everyone that is reading this was there to witness it for themselves so there isn't any need to go into detail. I'll just say that I was thrilled to be able to participate.

With 90 people at the rehearsal and 250 at the ceremony I didn't get a chance to give a toast, but if I had it would have went something like this:
"Giving speeches in front of large crowds is never easy, but the hardest part about giving this one is not letting it go to long or get to mushy. I haven't known Mark all that long, only 27 years!! We grew up together, played soccer with Roger coaching, raced BMX, skateboarded and started our life long pursuit of surf. We even worked and lived together. I remember when Mark, TQ and I went and bought our first surfboards together. Mark happened to pick out a hollow (Hansen) surfboard. Tommy and I never missed a chance to tease Mark about that, but he was always stoic. As it turns out, Mark gets the last laugh because today, whats the newest hottest technology in surfboards? Yep, Hollow Surfboards! So big appologies to Mark for all the ribbing and Kudos on the foresight.

After Highschool I wandered around the country a bit, but we never lost contact. He'd visit me in San Diego, I'd visit him in Santa Barbara, He'd visit me in Atlanta and we'd always pick up were left off like it was only yesterday. When we were in West L.A., living together in about a 100 sq. ft. apartment with Brian Strahle, another friend and more often than not a few visitors, we were literally living and sleeping on top of each other. Throughout that whole time and for that matter throughout our whole relationship I don't think we were ever mad at each other for more than 10 seconds!! I think that is a great testament to a great friendship and I'm lucky to count Mark as a best friend!!!!

Actually, come to think about it, I think I'm going to have one of those 10 seconds episodes and be mad. Because Mark is holding out on me. I don't know where you find a beautiful, sweet, artistic, caring surfer chick these days, but you really should let me in on your secret!! O.K., I'm over it, 10 seconds is up! And I am extremely happy that Julie is the one marrying Mark.

All I really want to say is that it's an honor to be here and I'm thrilled. I know that you two will continue to be a great couple and I wish you both nothing but perfect and complete Happiness. To the Bride and Groom!!!!! "

It was a great week. We had a blast at the Bachelor Party and Mark escaped without being guilty of any offenses. We had surf sessions together. I was able to introduce a new friend to all my life long friends and the wedding/reception were events that won't be fogotten.

If only I didn't have to go back to work!

Mark and Julie are off to Mexico and hopefully they left the computer at home and won't read this right away. May you two get all the waves you can handle. But save some energy for bedtime......... :)

Pics are located in the "Mark and Julie Wedding" file. Enjoy