I luckily found a Macy's and booked it inside to have them measure my arms and neck so that I wouldn't have to spend the rest of my afternoon trying shit on like a woman (note: not even gay men like to piss away an afternoon twirling in front of a mirror in a clothing store while checking out how fat their asses have become in the surrounding mirrors). They gave me my size --16" neck and 36-37" arm length (I've got fucking gorilla arms, shut the fuck up) -- and then I began tearing the store apart looking for a shirt in that size to match my suit.... None existed. After spending 35 minutes with 3 effeminate store clerks scouring the shelves for any gray/white/light blue/or even purple or pink shirt in my size, one clerk finally conceded that "most guys in this city are fairly petite. Sorry, sir, but you're just too much man for us I guess. *Giggle*" I shit you not. He giggled.
The giggler's coworker then suggested that I check out the big and tall shop down the road, but I told him to shut the fuck up by punching him in the nuts. Then a third store worker suggested I try a size larger in the neck but with a "fitted" collar or some such. I did pass one shirt with a 16 1/2" neck with my arm length, so I just bought it without trying it on because I was tired, hungry and sick of talking about clothes and how pretty different shit would look on me. I got a tie too, but whatever.
Long story shorter: I found a used game store in the same mall as Macy's and found a GameBoy Advanced game I had been looking for for months now! Street Fighter Alpha 3. For only $15 it was a steal... Short story made just a bit longer: I accidently set two kids on fire while in the store. After that, I just made it to the Chinese restaurant that I was meeting the MegaPlayboy and Firecracker at right when they arrived. We all looked a little out of place there, and not just because we were all frumpy from getting off of a jet, or walking across a 50 mile bridge -- we were the only non-Asian people in the whole damn place. True, it meant that the food must be really good, but I still felt strangely aware of the fact that my eyelids didn't have an epicanthic fold. Plus I think that our waiter may have played a joke... Most notably with Firecracker's Coke.
Beyond that though, the grub was great. The wait staff was very impressed that we white devils "knew good chow" when we ate it... I hoped that he meant "food", but he could very well have been referring to a breed of dog. It filled us up, that's all that mattered. Then together we all caravanned up to Santa Rosa where all the happy, happy, gay wedding festivities would soon take place. When we got there we hit a bar for a quick brew, and then I checked into my hotel and crashed at about 11PM Pacific time: 2AM EST. Fun.
Day 2: Friday, September 16th
What? Oh yeah, breakfast... It was good, but the whole town may have been a bit too quiet for me. I was still expecting all the binge drinkers from the night before to be crawling out of the trashcans and out into the sidewalks, spitting up whatever they had left in their systems while calling up their frat brothers to ask "Yo, what the fuck happened last night? Why did you leave me in the alley behind Spinners like that? What?! YOU took Linda home?... Linda's my girlfriend, you medieval asshole! I am so gonna buy a gun and shoot you in the... *BLOOOORRRF!*" Ahhh, college towns do indeed rule.
After my French toast we caravanned up to the "Manor House" where all the main social events of the next two days would occur. This is where I met everyone from the bride's side for the first time. Unfortunately, all the hotties I was introduced to then were already married. At first I was pissed, but then the MegaPlayboy reminded me of my weekend gayness oath. Actually that didn't really help much at that point either. As much as I tried, I was finding it very difficult to get and remain gay while outside of Frisco itself. Trust me, it's not as easy as it seems, especially after meeting the bride's sister. Daaaaamn.
So we all gathered, and waited to get picked up by the stretch Hummer-limo that was going to take the whole crew around to three wineries in the area for wine tastings... Because the recent film Sideways was apparently a great movie about wine tasting... And because it starred Lowell from Wings. It's hard to argue with that. But, soon a problem arose in which too many people actually showed up for the wineries tour. I was volunteered to ride in the B car, and tail the limo, while the rest of the party took place in the well-stocked, block-long, pimped out, party bus. I took my lack of luck in stride and only tried to slash the limo tires once or twice before we had to leave. And truth be told, I think that Car B had a better time anyway. We didn't have to watch our mouths in front of the bride's and groom's families, and so we found ourselves spilling tons of gossip about the marrying couple, and telling the dirtiest jokes involving farm animals, Pollocks and nuns. Though when we got to the first winery, us Car B people got a little pissed when we found out that the limo riders were already a little tipsy. They were hitting the bubbly that the driver brought for them like Paris Hilton on a diseased cock. That's when Car B came up with a plan.
The plan was simple, but sneaky. Oh who the fuck am I kidding? We carried it out with the delicacy of a Viking berserker-warrior hepped up on acid and let loose in a ceramic shop filled with nothing but little statues giving the finger. We had somebody keep watch of the limo-group as they drunkenly marched up to the main entrance of the winery, and then we had one of the ladies (or was it Gary dressed up as a lady?) hit on the limo driver and keep his attention away from me while I went all sniper on the fully stocked fridge in the back of the bus. I am so fucking bad ass.
So by the time we were all seated in the fancy tasting area in the winery cellar, pretty much everybody there was already toasted. But that didn't stop us from becoming the lushes we knew we could be. The hot little hostess and her helpers kept bringing out new wines for us to sample (each glass had only 2-3 sips in it), but they were very generous and eager to refill any chalice that suddenly became empty. By the fifth wine the hostess learned to just fill my glass to the brim (she earned a "thank you spanking" for her awesomeness there). Soon the room began to swim, and everybody knew it was time to either move me to the next place, or just leave me nailed up in "one of the giant wine barrels till the flesh rotted off" my bones and the stench of my carcass made even the rats flee the cellar... Just a joke my ass...
Anyway, somehow I made it to the second winery. I truly wish I remembered the name of this one only because it SUCKED so bad. Our group still had a fun time, but our "hostess" was really Stalin in drag... and she kept the mustache. She wouldn't allow us to get started on the wine tasting until we all shut up. Try getting almost 30 drunkards who are eager to keep tossing them back to shut the fuck up. It's like telling a fraternity guy that the doped up 15 year-old girl visiting her brother, passed out in the corner is off limits... It ain't gonna happen. Soon though, we did get our whispers down to an apparently acceptable level and the
What showed what a complete BITCH she was was when the bride herself tried to refill a friend's sample of the third wine that afternoon. The hostess was boring us with the way that that certain wine had a hint of the horse manure in it that the land was famous for, and wasn't paying any attention to her guests (who were PAYING her salary)... That is she wasn't paying attention until she caught site of the bride's hand on the neck of the bottle that the hostess left on the table. Then, with the speed of a tiger (a butt-ass-ugly tiger) on a baby lamb, she stretched out and fucking SLAPPED the bride's hand off the bottle. She fucking physically assaulted the bride. Holy shit it was awesome! I couldn't believe I saw something that incredibly stupid; in fact most of the guests who witnessed it weren't sure they saw it, but then the hostess rubbed the shame in even further by waving her fat, fucking finger in the bride's face and screaming, "No! No no no NO! Nobody touches the wine but ME!" Dutchboy caught the whole thing on his video-recording camera phone and we replayed the shit out of it the rest of the day. Also, to make up for the hostess being such a rag-sucking beast, Car B stole 3 bottles of the least crappy wine at the tasting while the father of the bride held the bitch's attention by putting her in a full-nelson till she died. Christ! This simple wine-tasting was turning into one of the top 20 fatality-filled days of my life!