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08

Homecoming Weekend + A Good Book

Posted on Friday October 08, 2010 at 9:04pm in ,

Last weekend was homecoming weekend. I realize it is already the next weekend, but I’ve been busy and haven’t been able to write anything yet. This year’s homecoming was extra good because both Chris and Larry came over from out of town to celebrate. The first celebration was going to see Mike’s concert. His band, Incriminating Silence was playing at Xorn Arena.

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Mike on bass.

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The whole band.

Later on, during the after-party we celebrated at Shanghai Bistro.

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Shanghai after-hours.

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Bryan pouring some beer.

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Margarita.

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Larry’s specialty drink: ginger mojito with self-made ginger vodka.

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Mike and Olivia.

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That’s the candle lighter I’m holding.

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Everyone fit in for a group photo.

The next day, the group started off with morning drinking at the Pioneer Tavern. I was at guitar lessons so I met up with them as they were just finishing. I gave them a ride back to the room.

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Chris took this from the backseat of my car.

For lunch we decided we wanted to go to Court’n House which allegedly has the best burgers in Eau Claire according to Volume One polls. We wanted to try it out, but thanks to Homecoming weekend they were carding everyone in the bar before we could order and we had minors in our party. So, we had to find some place else to eat. Within walking distance was Galloway Grille, a place that Bryan and I really like.

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Galloway Grille.

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Unfortunately for us, even though it wasn’t crowded at all, it was a pretty disappointing experience. The service wasn’t very good and the food also left much to be desired. It was disappointing to be disappointed by a restaurant I like, but I guess these things happen. No one in our group was fond of it.

The rest of the weekend I mostly spent working on homework so that was all the fun I had. It was a great homecoming weekend though, especially with Chris and Larry in town. Unfortunately though, Larry never came to lunch with us so I only got to see him one day.

Lastly, I finished a book this week…

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Confessions of a Yakuza. This is a very interesting true story of the life of a Yakuza (the Japanese mafia) boss. The man grew up in the early 1900’s so there’s a lot of first-hand Japanese history. He had quite an eventful life. The book starts from his childhood and how things began to go wrong for him, how he began to get involved in the Yakuza, and then lastly his ascension to the higher ranks. It was a great read. You don’t have to be interested in Yakuza or Japanese History to enjoy this book. I recommend it!

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