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Vacation in Boston

I’ve been in Boston since yesterday, as I’m attending the 2010 MIT Information Quality Industry Symposium later this week, and I thought I’d use the opportunity to spent some time visiting Kelly. We’ve had a good time hanging out—we had dinner and drinks at John Harvard’s Brew House last night, and visited the New England Aquarium this afternoon.

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Happy Anniversary!

Mom and Dad's Wedding Photo

Happy 30th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

See coverage in the Dispatch, and eventually we should see it in the Galva News, too.

The story of the surprise party we threw can be found here.

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Surprises

The last few weeks have been nothing if not hectic. On May 22nd, we celebrated Aunt Margaret and Uncle Bob’s recent marriage, and over Memorial Day weekend Tom, Katie, Kelly, and I threw a surprise 30th Anniversary party for Mom and Dad.  Between preparing to celebrate, actually celebrating, and (oh yeah) work during the week, it’s been pretty crazy.

Brian, Kelly, Tom, and Katie

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Kaitlin’s Graduation Celebration

The Holts traveled to Champaign, Illinois, on May 16, to attend the University of Illinois’ 2010 Commencement Ceremony, which celebrated Katie’s graduation from that fine institution. While she actually completed her degree in last December, the College of Applied Health Sciences doesn’t offer a December ceremony, so we waited until May.

Graduation Pictures at the Alma Mater Graduation Pictures at the Alma Mater Graduation Pictures at the Alma Mater

There are more pictures in the gallery, and there is a video of the ceremony after the break (you can see Katie from 1:44:09 to 1:44:20).

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Sound the Sharmalarm

Last weekend I went into the great city of Chicago to help my buddy Devon Sharma celebrate his being accepted to the New York Bar. (We were also celebrating his brother’s completion of medical school. Smart family, the Sharmas.) A bunch of us were invited to Maggiano’s in Oak Brook for Saturday afternoon.

I arrived at Tom’s apartment around 7:30 Friday night. Since the Blackhawks were about to start, we ordered some Indian food for delivery and settled in to watch some hockey. I gave Tom a hard time for eating with his left hand as we devoured the chicken tikka masala and tandoori chicken. The Blackhawks destroyed the villainous Canucks 7–4, and Tom and I decided to go out and meet up with our cousins Kelly and Kara.

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Running the Gauntlet

I can’t believe we missed this…

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Kentucky Derby

Last weekend seven other ΑΚΛs and I traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to take in the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Adam Kaniewski, Mike Gecan, and I picked up the RV, while Ken Raffenetti, Chris McCann, Jeff Throm, Nate Smith, and David Meixner all found their way into town one way or another. Everyone arrived Thursday, April 29, and we parted ways on Sunday, May 2.

Around the RV on Day 1 Kentucky Derby Infield

More pictures are available in the gallery.

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Signs of the Apocalypse

It’s shocking that Glenn Beck actually said something reasonable on TV:

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Kentucky Derby Experience

Blogs about my Kentucky Derby experience and new car are coming, but in the meantime, here’s a video I took in Louisville that shows how we watched the races.

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Where Pork Chops Come From

Delicious Center Cut Pork Loin

Raff tells me that he’s been eating a lot of pork chops lately (since Tom moved in), so I told him I’d take a picture of the right way to buy them. Delicious.

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