October 1997

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October 27, 1997: T'was a pretty relaxing weekend. I was kinda tired so on Friday night, I just hung in an took it easy. Saturday, spent most of the day watching my roommate clean up our townhouse. Heheheh, was good to see them get down and dirty for a change. Saturday night I only went out for a couple of hours and then just hung out for the night (getting the impression that this was a lazy weekend? Well, you are right!). Sunday, me, JJ, Greg and Rob went down to Weymouth, MA for an afternoon of eating and drinking at the Union Brew House. Greg's brother, Darrin, is the bartender and he treated us very well. Hat's off to JJ, though, for he recommend some of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying. Two of my favorites were "La Fin Du Monde (The End of the World) by Unibroue Breweries out of Canada and Apollo Ale. There were four other really good ones, but I don't remember their names right now.

Well, Paul Barnes is back from Fantasy Fest (Key West, FL). He had an incredible time down there, and the stories that he's been telling certainly reflect that. Basically, it was the most incredible anything goes party that he's every been to (for 9 days, and he said that still wasn't enough time to experience it all!). He came back with pierced ears, a tan, some incredible stories, and a strong desire to go back next year. All I know is that I'll be with him next year, hell or high water! Click here to check out some of the photo's from the KeyWest.Com www site. Hopefully, I'll have some pictures up here by weeks end from Paul's collection.

Wow, the end of October is almost here. Wow, I can't believe this year has flown by so quickly. Hmmmm, Halloween is almost upon us! Gotta figure out what to do this year. More on that later.

And for now, that's about it. ~Penz

October 21, 1997: Well, it's been a pretty busy around here lately. Last Thursday night was Adam "Skinny Daug" Arnold's rehearsal dinner down in North Easton, MA. It was a pleasant night of eating and drinking with Dean and Scot Servis (hehehe, ok, a lot of eating and drinking) and seeing people that I haven't seen since high school.

On Saturday, the wedding went off without a hitch. We (the ushers) looked awesome in our tuxedoes (a picture will be posted when available) and the brides maids looked ravishing in their gowns. The bride and groom took the cake though and the entire ceremony went off without a hitch (with the exception of a few goldfish which seemed to turn up at some weird moments! Heheheh). After the wedding, we had the pictures down at a nice park about 5 miles from the church (or if you are us, you took the 30 minute route…), and then back to the hall for the dinner. It was awesome spending time with Scot and Dean. I have really missed having these two friends of mine around over the past two years, and it's a great feeling having them (now accompanied by their wonderful wives) back in my life.

On Sunday morning (5:15 am to be precise), our CEO and I flew from Manchester, NH to Houston, TX. We went there to give a presentation of our software product to Compaq Computer. All things considered, it went very very well for us and our hosts were very pleased. It looks like we will be doing more of this with Compaq during 1998. We flew back home and arrived back in Manchester, NH at 11:00 pm Monday evening.

Needless to say, this morning I had a couple of cups of coffee to get myself in gear!

Here's some news for all of you who know Travis "Shoebox" Nelsen. I spoke with him late Monday night and he asked me to be his best man!!! The lad is planning on getting married in Sept. 1998 to a Stephanie Wolfe. Well, needless to say, it's time for me to fly out to Dyess AFB to check this lassie out! Heheheh, considering Travis's good taste, I'm sure she is a wonderful woman.

Paul "Dubbah" Barnes is down in Key West, FL for Fantasy Fest '97. That lucky bastard! I hope he's having the time of his life. He's worked hard for this vacation so I hope he has an awesome time!

And that's about all to report for now. ~Penz

October 13, 1997: Ahhh, well, I'm back and feeling much better. As I mentioned, last week I caught a nasty case of strep throat, but after a couple days on antibiotics, I was feeling much better!

Last weekend, I flew down to New Mexico to visit Scott Sczypien for a couple of days. We had a great time hanging out and catching up on the past few years. It was really great to see him.

This past weekend, I got to pick up Scot Servis from Logan as he arrived from Seattle, WA for Adam Arnold's bachelor party. He and I spent most of the day together catching up on current events and reminiscing about the "good ol' days" back in Marsh-vegas (or Marshfield, MA to the rest of the world.) That night we gathered at Matt and Mike Dardis's house for a kick ass bachelor's party. The night was filled with excellent music (played by our various guests on their guitars), drinking, smokin', and all in all, FUN! Also attending the party were Dean Miserandino, Eric Bryant, Tom and Michael Clarke plus a bunch of other cool dudes whose names escape me.

Sunday morning, we awoke, went out to breakfast and then I headed back up here for a bit of R7R. Last night, my roommate J.J. conned me into going out for a few late night margarita's and beers at Shorty's and Penucchi's. Oh boy, what a silly thing to do. Especially on a school….errrr, work night! Heheheheh, ahhhh well. He was buying!

Heard from Eric Larson. He mailed me up a cool article on his USCG buoy tender, the Juniper. He even got his picture in the paper. I'll try to scan it up here in a few days.

Mike Evans now has his own web site. Check it out!

And that's about it, for now. I'm off to find some coffee!….. ~Penz

October 8, 1997: Well, I'm stuck at home with a case of strep throat. I can't believe it. Haven't had this since I was 15 years old. Ahh well.

Had a great weekend and much to tell, but it'll have to wait a few days. Too tired right now. ~Penz

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