Eric's bachelor party

July 2nd, 2005

Eric's getting married! In what can only be described as a typically Schwim-like comedy of errors, Eric almost missed his own bachelor party. Cross-country flights with multiple connections can be a bear, and he got a big helping of bad luck on this trip.

He missed the paintball tournament we held that afternoon (probably a good thing--I'm still sore and bruised from it), but he made it in time for the bar-hopping later that night.

1: Brendan and Tom at the BBQ.
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2: Dale, Brian, and Aaron wait for the salmon to cook.
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3: Jonathan took the worst injuries at paintball--he was only wearing a thin t-shirt
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4: Aaron
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5: Our hamburgers turned out to be a little small, which presented a problem to those of us with large appetites, like Aaron.
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6: The solution!
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7: Gary kept saying things like "you know who would really like this party? Eric."
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8: These guys are fun to hang out with
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9: Brendan annoints his bratwurst with the sacred oil
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10: After the food, the party moved inside and we began getting ready for Eric's arrival.
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11: Brendan prepares to inflate the centerpiece of every good bachelor party
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12: We figured that she had to be clothed for us to take her into bars with us. Brian volunteered to dress her in an army-surplus bikini.
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13: Tom, Dale, and Brian
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14: At 11:59pm (many many hours late), Eric finally arrived.
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15: Eric thinks his hellish day is over . . .
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16: He does not suspect what we've got in store for him.
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17: It's like leading a lamb to slaughter
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18: Step one: Put on the orange jumpsuit (with "Bachelor #070905" stencilled on the back)
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19: Step two: Introduce him to his companion for the night. And we do mean "for the night"--note the cuffs in Gary's hands. :)
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20: Eric surprised us by almost immediately trying to gnaw his arm off.
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21: When that proved to be too painful, he tried a different tactic
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22: Ah, sweet sweet freedom!
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23: The Schwim was a good sport.
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24: He even went so far as to examine the 'tattoo' on her thigh.
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25: And now he is truly happy. Not only is he back in Seattle, but he has beer.
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26: Jonathan, Matt, and Gary listen to Eric tell his tale of travel mishaps
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27: Eric is momentarily non-plussed when we imply that we'll be dumping him off on Anne's parent's porch at about 3:00 am, after he has passed out.
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28: Imitating the blow-up doll's expression. A remarkably good likeness. :)
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29: When we arrive at the bar, Eric notices that he is still wearing the handcuffs.
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30: Tom brings beer!
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31: Brian's having a good time
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32: So is Gary
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33: And so is Eric, despite what this picture looks like.
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34: After the bars closed, we went to Brian's house. Once there, Eric discovers a practical use for the handcuffs--opening beer!
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35: Playing Super Smash Brothers
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36: Entranced by the game
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37: More beer
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38: It's been a long day for both of these guys.
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39: Eric discovers a vegetable platter . . .
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40: . . . and almost immediately passes out.
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41: None of us can figure out why he took off one shoe.
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42: Not wanting the platter to go to waste, we set out to decorate Eric.
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43: He is having none of that, though, and semi-consciously tries to stand. This is not an action photo--he stood like this until we took pity on him.
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44: Brian helps him to the bathroom
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45: Where initially he seems to be doing okay.
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46: But about an hour later, we noticed that he hadn't come out. :)
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