Phoebe (@fotofobe) invited me out to Cafe Berlin (@CafeBerlin) for brunch with a friend of her’s from out of town. I of course had to accept the invitation, I mean, it’s freaking Cafe Berlin!
Being all photo nerds, we spent probably a good twenty minutes talking about photography and playing with our cameras, in the midsts of sticky syrup and slippery butter.
Phoebe got some pretty funny/embarrassing photos of me over on her blog. I definitely did not get any blackmail worthy shots of her haha.
And wouldn’t you know it? Bumped into a gaggle of my friends having brunch just a bit after we were finishing. Sometimes living in a small-ish town isn’t so bad. Randomly bumping into the people you love isn’t such a bad thing, huh?
Find them on twitter, well most of them, Justin (@joneal65203), Chadd (@Chadd65203) and Akiko (@akikooda). Afterwards I met up with Chase (@clettenberg) for a trip to the bike shop, some lunch and coffee at Starbucks.
All and all, a pretty great weekend, until I had to go to work of course. Then, back to work as usual. At least I got a few hour break before going back to the usual grind! Oh and the weather, awesome. Gotta jet.
I’ve made some wonderful friends through Twitter and just a few weekends ago, I got to share one of these friendships with many of my old friends.
Ryan and Ben, (@rzhale and @joubiku, respectively on Twitter) came into town for a weekend away from the bustling city life that is Kansas City, ahem. The weekend had been heavily anticipated for all involved for a few weeks and as the days closed in the anticipation grew to astronomical proportions.
I welcomed them to their new home for the weekend, my apartment and shortly after their arrival we headed down to Shakespeare’s Pizza (@ShakesPizza) for some dinner, drinks and a fun environment.
After pizza we stopped by Top Ten Wines for a few minutes before ultimately heading back to my apartment for wine, cookies and hours of hilarious YouTube videos. I don’t’ think Phoebe (@fotofobe), Josh (@brooding_soul), Ryan, Ben or I had ever laughed as hard in our lives. One of the most entertaining evenings in I’ve ever had.
Phoebe and I decided we should share our new addiction to Cafe Berlin (@CafeBerlin) to Josh, Ryan and Ben. Amazing breakfast, delicious food, fun, waitstaff and a comically difficult cream dispenser.
That evening was Cake and a Movie Night (#CaaM). I made a Chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and a bittersweet chocolate-peanut butter ganache.
Before Cake and a Movie, we headed out for wine drinking at Top Ten Wines downtown (@TopTenWines), my absolute favorite wine bar, where Chase (@clettenberg) performing. Yet again, Chase put on a great show and as per usual, Lauren (@laurenkilberg) proved to be a fantastic wine maiden.
Cake and a Movie had a great turn out, some regulars and some new attendees.
My Ryan (@kaleb1983) finally got to join us for the weekend festivities. We watched Toy Story, the Pixar film that put them on the map. Wow, who would have known how funny that movie would be, over ten years later. I sure wasn’t expecting all the laughs.
The next morning, Ryan, Ben, Ryan and I went to Bleu for a brunch before Ben and Ryan had to head out of town.
My dear friend Karen aka @ok2baprincess always refers to her “boys” as the important guys in her life, her closest male friends.
Being a gay male, you’d think that I have a lot of really close gay friends, like you see on television. Well, TV lies. I do have a few great gay friends but really… in Columbia, besides my amazing incredible beautiful wonderful boyfriend… I only have two or three super close gay friends.
I won’t name them… you know who you are.
So, when I say “my boys” I mean the guys in Columbia that for any particular amount of time were of the most importance to me. In particular we’ve got Chase and Corey ( @clettenberg and @coreyschmidt respectively). They are of the awesome band, Scouts (check them out at http://scoutsmusic.com or on their MySpace).
The band recently moved outta town, off to Kansas City Missouri, you know, where all the big bands really make it… Well… hopefully that’ll be the case for them.
Ever since, my life has been a little empty. I miss the late night bad decisions they helped me make, the trips to the tattoo parlors where I drunkenly asked for full sleeves and various body piercings. There’s the incredibly open conversations about sex, relationships and emotions that I don’t think I could have with any other friend. I miss Chase’s insults on my clothing, taste in music, taste in television, taste in movies, taste in… well my taste period. I miss the apparent battle between Chase and Corey for who could wear the gayest outfit, the tightest jeans, the deepest v-necks.
I miss their concerts, taking their pictures, shooting the shit with the band and just generally experiencing all the good, and bad, that we all went through together. Breakups, new relationships, shit jobs, shit classes, you get the point.
I miss the random trips to St. Louis to hang with Chase’s insane(ly awesome) cousin and the completely EPIC beer pong tournaments at Corey’s apartment.
Bottom line, I miss my boys. And Chase coming into town the other day, seeing a movie with him and Karen at RagTag Cinema just brought back all those positive memories.
Soon I’ll be moving to California, well in about a year. There I will be reunited with all of my old wonderful friends. Meanwhile, I have a few of those really special friends in Columbia; as time passes and external forces push us away, again I will look fondly at the times we had together.
So here’s a cheers to my best brotastic friends, even if they abandoned me here in the great abyss that is Mid Missouri.