Sunday, July 18, 2010

4th of July Weekend

I'm a little behind on posting. So I thought I'd start with my 4th of July weekend activities. I had the weekend off so I got to enjoy myself quite a bit after my first week as an intern....and boy was it a crazy week (more on the doctor life later). The weekend started off with Red White and Boom, which is the Columbus city firework show. Everyone in my class that wasn't on call met at Kim's house for drinks and then walked down to a viewing area. The fireworks were amazing. I love a good firework show and Columbus did a really good job. It was also really nice to get together with some of my classmates to vent about our first week. It's nice to know that, for the most part, everyone feels just as lost and stupid as I do on a daily basis. :) Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from that night to share. It was a good way to start off the weekend.

Saturday, I spent most of the day doing stuff around the condo before meeting up with friends in the Short North area for gallery-hop. The first Saturday of every month is gallery-hop, when all the galleries and shops stay open late, some with wine and food, AND all of which are conveniently located in the same area as all the bars. :) So after checking out some galleries and shops we naturally stopped by a few bars. It turned out to be a pretty late night and I think we all had a good time.

Sunday, the 4th, was the Doo-Da Parade. It is the annual 4th of July Parade in Columbus. I had heard from many people that it was an interesting show and is a must-see. My friend Katie hosted a Doo-Da parade party at her house since the parade passes down her street. Apparently anyone who wants to be in the parade can just show up the day of and get in line. There's no real theme, so most "floats" or "groups" were not decked out in red, white, and blue. I took a lot of pictures this day. And as you can see it was quite interesting!!

This guy was near the beginning of the parade. Check out that short skirt!

Here are the Fidel's against Tar Balls. You'll notice a lot of people have political messages as their theme. Anything goes in Doo-Da parade...
Miranda, Kim, and Adam enjoying the parade watching party

Another BP oil message...

This is a super creepy car with all kinds of weird things glued to it. These people show up to all the community events. They were at Comfest as well. Creepy.

This one was a fun political float.
The Arizona Border Patrol following the truck.

The Viking Warrior trying to get past the border patrol. :)

Doo-Da Parade continued...

The Ghostbusters showed up for this event as well.

With the van this time!

Batman and his Batmobile

This was a Craig's List demonstration. I'm guessing these people weren't happy with their purchases. That guys is a mattress with a "slight urine smell"


Creepy Zombie Grandma

Lauren, Me, Kim, and Adam enjoying the parade

After the parade was over we headed to the Short North area to shops, bars, and pizza. Here's Adam showing off his spirit.

Lauren and Paul at the Short North Tavern

Katie and me

Batman showed up and proceeded to hit on all the ladies. Apparently he suits up for event a few times a year. When he was leaving he tried to give Katie an unwelcomed kiss! Creepy!
Kim, me, and Maggie enjoying being out of the heat.

Just loved the great 4th spirit in this pic. Red, White, and Blue!