Posts from November, 2006

The quick brown fox jumped over the good, but lazy Parker family.

Wedding: “Peacock” Wins!

Monday, 27 November 2006

The battle of the bridesmaids color swatches is over, and “peacock” won … likely with a pipe wrench in the conservatory. Truth be told, it was the consensus pick. Everyone seemed to like it, which is great for them, but it’s hard to blog without conflict.

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Photos: Cypress Creek, Wimberly, Texas

Saturday, 25 November 2006

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Out in Texas for Thanksgiving. It’s been an aweful long time since I have done any photography …

Not too long after the trip to Arizona, Emily (the Cat) started having pretty severe problems with her stomach. Turns out that everything is okay, but she has been on twice daily medication which has put some limits on travel and extra-curricular activities.

I had never been to Texas hill country before, so driving out to Wimberly and back was really quite something. My life has been so East Coast-centric, that just about any new biome impresses the heck out of me.

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Cypress Creek, Wimberly, Texas

Carter’s Country Shooting Range

Friday, 24 November 2006

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[Carter's Country Shooting Range, Houston, Texas]
there is nothing better than going with three hot young texas women to a shooting range out her in a suburb of a suburb of houston, texas.

the spindler sisters were decidedly the only women there under 300 lbs — and watching the crowd as they moved through is as close as i’ll ever get to witnessing supermodels navigate the paparazzi on fifth avenue.

i didn’t shoot myself — not sure anybody was ready to a the long-haired hippie with anything approximating a loaded weapon — but watching everybody else watching the spindler sisters squeeze off a few rounds was totally worth all those awkward “who let him in here” stares i recieved.

See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
Carter’s Country Shooting Range, Spring, Texas





Wedding: Bridesmaids Dresses, oh my!

Tuesday, 21 November 2006






Dark Red


So, dear reader, I am starting to get perilously out of my element, so please give me a wide berth as we discuss things … well, female.

With most of the major decisions done (church, reception) or pending (rehearsal dinner) or at least started (wedding dress, band, photographer) The Lady Sparkler and her bridesmaids have turned attention to the bridesmaids’ dresses.

My one request in this wedding journey was for bridesmaids’ dresses with large, taffeta “rear-end” bows. You know the ones that you see in the 80s wedding movies, where the bow sits right on the rump, and takes up the whole small of the back.

Not surprisingly, the ideas was not warmly received. I believe that visionaries are never truly appreciated in their lifetimes.

The Lady Sparkler and “the maids” have pretty much settled on Aria Bridesmaids as the place to get the dresses. Even my “groomsmaid” is on board … While I was pushing to put Chrissy the groomsmaid in a tuxedo, everybody else thought it would be more “traditional” for her to wear a dress.


The store they are looking at is online, let’s you pick a color, mails you a sample dress to try-on, and then makes all of the wedding’s dresses out of the same bolt of fabric so they match. All styles of dresses are in play (because they all use the same fabric) so everybody can buy the cut and style of dress that best suits them.

Lots of the dresses have sashes, but no “rump” bows.

The main focus (right now) is on color, because the color of the dresses is the next step to deciding the color of the flowers … which is the last, big, un-started project. The finalists are shown above. No word yet, but my money is on the Peacock or the Aubergine. Fabric swatches will be exchanged over Thanksgiving, so more info next month.

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Wedding: Dueling Dinners

Sunday, 19 November 2006

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Beacon Bar and Grill

Local 16

We have been scoping D.C. restaurants for the last month or two, working with a very patient, and gracious pair of friends (Sue and Jeremy) to find a couple rehearsal dinner spots that here located close to the church, that served good food, and had space for a private party.

We are under this strange delusion that we might actually be able to walk from the rehearsal dinner, to the church, to the reception site (which doubles as the hotel) and back. Not sure it will happen, but that’s the goal.

To make matters more interesting, my family has a strong background in dining (my father was a Chef for a number of years) and so mediocre food does not pass by an Parker unnoticed.

Finally, D.C. isn’t exactly known for large spaces with plenty of private rooms for parties and events. Especially large spaces with private rooms that don’t look like the basement of the Hinkley Hilton.

Anyway, what would be the point of the story if there was no happy ending? Probably to make you suffer as we have suffered, but fortunately that isn’t the case… Sue, Jeremy, The Lady Sparkler and I have two possibilities for rehearsal dinner spots that are looking promising.

The first is the Beacon Bar & Grill, which is located at 1615 Rhode Island (the hotel/reception is one block west). BBG serves what it calls “Fresh Contemporary American Cuisine,” and (in some sort of incestuous irony) plucked its current executive Chef from 15 RIA (our receptions site) about a year ago.

We took my parents her for a test dinner just this week (my mom was in town for her birthday) and the quality of the food and the service was just great. I had the pasta, and The Lady Sparkler had the fish. The place was a little empty for a Saturday night, but how many restaurants shut down in their first year of business anyway?!? (For the record, 25% in the first year. 60% within three years.)

The other restaurant in the running is Local 16, a local, slow food, organic restaurant which is about four blocks up 16th street. We will give that a try in January.

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Saturday, 18 November 2006


[College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia]

Photos: National Zoological Park, Washington, DC

Saturday, 11 November 2006

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The National Zoo just opened up a new Asian Trail, and I haven’t had a chance to check it out before today. My parents are in town, and we decided to take advantage of an “indian summer” day by spending it outside.

The featured image for today’s entry is probably one of my favorites in recent memory. The pattern and the sunlight … Every once in a while you just get lucky.

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National Zoological Park, Washington, DC