July 3rd was Pants’ second annual crawfish boil and I showed up with Vince, Ashley, Nick, Alicia, Ryan, 4lbs of crab legs, 4lbs of shrimp, a handle of orange vodka, and the makings for Dirty Mexican shots.
Tim poured the first batch of crawfish, crab legs, potatoes and corn onto the table and damn near every person in attendance started taking photos of the spread. Because honestly, when I think of humble bragging about food and good times with friends, THIS is the type of photo that should accompany the brag:
Now, food is great. Especially THIS food, in those vibrant colors, on a perfect day to celebrate ‘Merica.
But I wasn’t there for the food. I was there for my friends.
- Pants and Tim are seriously in the top 5 people I love in this city. And the last 4 times I’ve hung out with Pants I don’t think I’ve even considered taking a photo…
- Brenna and Luke are people I have known, loved, celebrated, and partied with for literally a decade. And the last time I saw them was 4th of July 2015 – a whole year ago.
- Nick and Ashley are the couple Vince and I date during the summer and Nick is easily Vince’s oldest and dearest friend.
- Alicia and Ryan are my heart and soul. Not technically in Orlando but close enough!
- Not to mention the host of other acquaintances and family and friends of Pants who were in attendance, including puppies and furbabies!
So after I had a drink and a shot (or two), I started forcing my friends to take photos with me. Selfies, group shots, posed shots, annoying shots. Pics where I squish my friends like I do my cats. Pics of the dranks we’re drinking or the food we’re eating.
I KNOW it’s annoying to ask for photos when everyone is in food-mode. I know what it feels like to have your photo taken on a friend’s camera and not know if the shot was flattering or which social network it will end up on.
And I know how it feels when someone seems to be more hellbent on documenting an event than actually experiencing it at the moment (I’m talking specifically about the people who photograph and film entire concerts instead of just vibing).
But sometimes I’m that girl who insists on taking photos – because I love the people I’m with so. damn. much.
And sometimes that love is annoying but when they go along with it, the result makes me smiles for days, months, and years to come.