In which we start a New Year

Welcome 2014! We spent the past week ringing in the new year with Jeff’s parents in Pittsburgh. I think the sign of a good trip is that you were too busy visiting to take that many pictures, but here are some from our trip:

Paul and Fran's high school senior year portraits.

Paul and Fran’s high school senior year portraits.

Jeff's parent's wedding photos.

Jeff’s parent’s wedding photos.

A couple of times in college and dental school I went to Pittsburgh to celebrate New Year’s with Jeff and his high school friends. This year was like an adult repeat version of all those fun times. Joe and Jess graciously hosted us at their new home – it’s fun to know grown ups our own age!

Ringing in the New Year and Jess and Joe's new house.

Ringing in the New Year and Jess and Joe’s new house.

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Lauren, Molly, Joe, myself and Jessica

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Blinging in the new year

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Lauren, Molly, myself and Jessic

We also got to visit with Jeff's Aunt Joyce and Uncle Bill on New Year's Day. It was so much fun to catch up with y'all!

We also got to visit with Jeff’s Aunt Joyce and Uncle Bill on New Year’s Day. It was so much fun to catch up with y’all!

Jeff and I and his parents

Jeff and I and his parents

All too soon it was time to leave. This is what it looked like when we got to the Pittsburgh airport at 7:00am...

All too soon it was time to leave. This is what it looked like when we got to the Pittsburgh airport at 7:00am…

… and this is how much it had snowed by the time we were boarding our 9:30am flight. Fortunately we weren't connecting in Chicago, but the Hercules storm messed up flights all over the country!

… and this is how much it had snowed by the time we were boarding our 9:30am flight. Fortunately we weren’t connecting in Chicago, but the Hercules storm messed up flights all over the country!

Flying into Denver. Nice to see the snow capped Rockies in the distance. Note the blue sky - the weather there was great, but the Hercules snowpocalypse had wreaked havoc on the other planes' schedules so we were delayed six hours here.

Flying into Denver. Nice to see the snow capped Rockies in the distance. Note the blue sky – the weather there was great, but the Hercules snowpocalypse had wreaked havoc on the other planes’ schedules so we were delayed six hours here.

Our unexpected six hour delay gave me time to go through security into baggage claim to see some conspiracy theorist murals I’d read about. This is a good article (with some better pictures) on the theory that the Denver airport houses an underground bunker to house the New World Order in case of economic collapse or all out warfare. I’m not really into conspiracy theories, but a lot of the Denver airport doesn’t add up: It was finished 2 years late and $3.1 billion dollars over the initial $1.7 billion budget. They buried 5 buildings that had been “positioned incorrectly” rather than destroy them. Oh, and Denver had a perfectly good airport at Stapleton before all this that was closer to town (this airport is a 45 minute drive away, a fact that Jeff and I were pissed at because had it been closer or had good public transit we could’ve gone downtown for a beer and thus added another state to our checklist. Being in the airport doesn’t count).

The murals start with biological warfare destroying the planet.

The murals start with biological warfare destroying the planet.

Fire and brimstone and destruction. Oh, but we're going to preserve the penguins, sweet!

Fire and brimstone and destruction. Oh, but we’re going to preserve the penguins, sweet!

But it's okay, because this German boy is going to bring peace to the world's children.

But it’s okay, because this German boy is going to bring peace to the world’s children.

Indian and Pakistan are going to get along too. (Not pictured: Israel and Iran working together on the other side). Lolz.

Indian and Pakistan are going to get along too. (Not pictured: Israel and Iran working together on the other side). Lolz.

And then the final mural with peace in the Garden of Eden. The story these tell is basically of a horrific mass genocide, followed by a more peaceful, less populated world.

And then the final mural with peace in the Garden of Eden. The story these tell is basically of a horrific mass genocide, followed by a more peaceful, less populated world.

Also, the decorations above each of the train stations between the terminals look reminiscent of the Star Wars' stone temple set of Episode IV. All in all: You're so weird, Denver airport!

Also, the decorations above each of the train stations between the terminals look reminiscent of the Star Wars’ stone temple set of Episode IV. All in all: You’re so weird, Denver airport!

So I came back through security to wait another five hours at our gate.

So I came back through security to wait another five hours at our gate.

Watching Parks and Rec and the sunset seemed safer than wandering into some secret underground bunker, never to return. No thanks.

Watching Parks and Rec and the sunset seemed safer than wandering into some secret underground bunker, never to return. No thanks.

We made it back to Seattle 17 hours after starting our journey and minus one bag. It’s the first time I’ve checked my luggage in probably five years.. and so that serves me right. Lesson learned. All in all it really was a great trip and now we’re ready to start the new year and the new school quarter with no real resolutions, because everyday should be a new day.

 

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