No, they're not in a Godspell production.
They're not in a deodorant commercial.
They're not on a cruise ship.
They are not an improperly dressed and pitifully lack-lustre exercise class.
They are, in fact, the staff I work with at UC, just ending the cheer "Two Bits." I am not in this photo because I snapped it. And, when I practiced the cheer, I was in the back where no man will ever see me.
Because it's not 1980 anymore. (Far left. Awesome shoes, Squad.)
Why is the staff cheering? It's a rehearsal for tonight, our annual big doo-dah volunteer appreciation banquet. Because at Union Chapel, we love our volunteers. A lot. One year we did a western theme, which thrilled my boss from Abilene, one year we did a cruise theme and sent two lucky vols on a cruise at the end of the night, and last year, it was an Oscar-ish theme, with staff wearing formal wear and serving dinner, etc. There is always extensive, extensive decorating and door prizes and great food and a lovely time had by all.
This year, the theme is "sports," thus the cheers and chants at the end of the night to yell at our volunteers that we are so much for them, we will "stand up and holler." That is love.
Edit: In yesterday's post, I was at my boss's desk when he was in Kazakhstan (my take on taking over while he was gone.) He does not usually have a doily table cloth on his desk or stuffed animals in there. But it was a nice touch, don't you think? Especially the feet on the desk?
In other news: Pray for College Daughter who leaves for London tonight. I will be serving up food at the banquet and not seeing her off at the airport, and that makes me sad. Here she is having a mountain-top experience in Mexico last year.
Other other news: The next time you come back to 2nd Cup (please do) it may look very different--yes, I feel the ground rumbling even now as big changes are coming ...
Other "OTHER" news: First of all, how many times can Kate get clonked on the head without sustaining drain bamage?
Secondly, who is the man on Ben's boat?? For a couple of weeks, I thought it was Michael. And what if it's a female that they've been calling Ben's "man?"
Then last night, I was suddenly seized by the possibility: Charlie?! Oh please (writers? producers? Oprah?) let Charlie come back to us. I need to hear "You All Everybody" by Driveshaft one more time. Finally, I think Juliet is beautiful. But I am mesmerized by her curly mouth. I finally realized what it reminds me of, and this may be why I don't trust her: