Where Our Roots Have Grown So Deep

[This Is Our Town – We The Kings]

Today I caught up with 2 groups for reunions (coincidental planning), and dragged Jac along with me.

Dressed in the new hoodie I bought at Chadstone, I waited 2 extra trains for the as-ever-late Jac. We got to the city, where she went to do some Uni thing, and I waited for everyone to arrive.

Gil (Pearl, but I cal her Gil) and Pal arrived first, and they went to get crepes. Shortly after them, Cathy, Sisi, Alex+Jack (twins, who I will refer to as Jalex) and Cathy’s boyfriend Carey arrived, and we all decided what we’d do. We agreed on going to Chaplin to karaoke, as we did the last time we all caught up, but after FINALLY walking there we realized the place doesn’t open until 3 in the afternoon. So instead we went to the bowling venue in Melb Central, which had a lovely interior, with chandeliers and all that jazz. Jac came along halfway through the game, and we both watched (having bowled just the previous day) the others bowl.

Highlight? Gil’s thin fragile-looking arm seemed to snap back everytime she tried to bowl. It scared the crap out of me, and everyone else when I brought their attention to it. Pal pwned everyone, the underdog and what not.

I mucked around a lot while watching everyone bowl, including stealing Cathy’s hat and messing up her hair (she responded with tickling me) and also attempting to tickle/poke Gil at every chance I got. Then, when I went to hug Cathy, she freaking lifted me off the floor and laughed at my “flailing arms and legs”. Well she got her comeuppance when later her and Carey started playing DDR, and her failure rendered a completely random kid (around 4 or 5) coming up and trying to help her.

After that, we decided to go to lunch. Some people wanted Nandos chips, some wanted KFC chicken, some wanted sushi, some wanted Hungry Jack’s – but mostly Pal, Gil and me just wanted chilli food. So we all went our separate ways to buy the bits of food we wanted, and then all came together and feasted at Nandos – which probably wasn’t very nice to them but we DID buy stuff from them.

Jalex work at the Melbourne Aquarium, and they told us the story about how some people got drunk, snuck into the aquarium and went shark-diving at 3 am while plastered. Then, as conversations with the twins always do, sex-ed got brought up. The poor, innocent Jac sat at the end of the table mouth gaping open in shock.

After lunch, they headed to Chaplin but to our shock we realized that Jac and I were late. So after parting our ways at Elizabeth Street, Jac and I went back down to Glen to meet up with my 2nd reunion (yes Jac got dragged along to that as well).

The 2nd reunion was with the Glen Waverley train line from back in high school, and having shown up 1 hour late I was still greeted warmly by everyone. Nat had died her hair, Bee’s fringe had grown out, Carm’s hair is shorter, Eunice looked the same, Shaz still talked non-stop, Sneha got to meet the person who ACTUALLY went to the party she got tagged wrongly (by me) in, and Emily was still smiley as always.

Highlight? Nat was arguing against Shaz, and in a desperate attempt to win back a losing fight, she shouted to Shaz, “WELL YOU HAVE CAKE ON YOUR TEETH! HA TAKE THAT!”

We sat for about 40 minutes, but when Bee made acts of needing to leave, Jac and I decided to follow suit. We bid goodbye to everyone – me hoping to see them again, and them agreeing with what Dani said yesterday about how Jac looks like another MacRobbian – and bussed home. Now my feet hurt like fuck.

I will take pictures of my presents tomorrow, and edit the post later.

Alex.