(hit play, then read...yes this blog is very stand by me, the wonder years, the sandlot-esque - if an ad plays before the song JUST WAIT 30 SECONDS)

Picture it, the year 2011. It was the year of the Arab Spring and Occupy Wallstreet protests, Steve Jobs and Amy Winehouse passed away, a gallon of milk cost $3.39, Kate Middleton and Prince William got married and Charlie Sheen was fired from the show Two and a Half Men. It was also the year a fresh-faced 23-year-old named Tricia Robben started at Old Hat. She was a quiet young lady. A graduate of THE Kansas State University. A Wildcat through and through. I liked her already. She was filling the position of Print Project Manager - the hardest and most stressful position at the company. 

Geoffrey Rogers, print designer / basketball short wearer extraordinaire, was in his fourth year at Old Hat with not a care in the world except Pop Tarts and Hungry Man frozen dinners.

 

Geoff's first thought about Tricia: She has a lot to live up to after Todd (Adams, former print manager and roommate, not love interest). 

Tricia's first thought about Geoff: He was quiet, but really good at his job.

A couple of weeks in the power went out and Tricia went around to each designer, she asked how she was doing, and what she could do to make their lives easier? Geoff replies, "You've been rocking it. I've been impressed."

Fast forward three years to the beginning of 2014 and Tricia and Geoff start hanging out a little more, but it was just a friendship. I mean, they went to see Despicable Me 2 in the theater, but Geoff sat a seat away from Tricia. "Lololz. No i do not consider that the first date," Tricia says.

Those of us who know Geoff and Patty well (i like to call Tricia "Patty" and she loves it), could see something early on. They're both caring and really goofy people. Something just clicked. I don't know how else to explain, other than you just know. Work fraternization - smerk smaternization, guys. It was Geoff and Patty. Like Pam and Jim or Leslie and Ben.

   

 

I had my first inkling when they were both on the OU Campus and Geoff was filming the penguin dougie. I thought they're a good team...at doing silly dumb stuff.

 

Now, I'm told their first official date was either the first time they went to the zoo or the Globetrotters. I imagine it was something like this:

 

A year and a half later and we're just three days away from their wedding day. I'm really happy and really excited for two of my very favorite people. You two deserve all the happiness in the world.

FYI- we may or may not have a dance planned for Saturday. 

The Office - Jim and Pam getting married dance [ JK Wedding Entrance Dance Style ] from Larsen on Vimeo.

Just a public service announcement: 

If you are traveling out of the country, your passport must be valid 6 months after your return date. 

Happy Halloween! The photo above is me in front of my favorite house in Kansas City. It’s my favorite because of the amount of inflatables in the yard. I hope one day to have this many in my yard. I think it will take years of begging my soon to be husband that it is acceptable to be that tacky. He’ll come around…

I am not dressing up this year, I have some other stuff going on right now (aka moving and getting married next week). But I hope your costume is stellar or spooky…or cute, like I was when I was a care bear. (below)

In other news, The Royals are up 2 games in the World Series! I’ve been a fan since I was a young kid. I wish I was in KC to experience this time!  

And, the interactive dept has been working hard on this new site-check it out!

 

Have a good weekend-don’t eat too much candy!

You like that play on words? There's a lot more where that came from... well, no, not really. I just realized today was my blog day so I'm keeping it super short (you're welcome).

So today we held the first of many Old Hat/Third Degree productions, and probably one of the most important efforts by both sides. I'm talking about the Chili Cook-off Contest!

I don't want to brag too much about the Old Hat side, but we did take 1st place (thanks to Tanner) and also a share of the 4-way tie for 2nd place.

Here are the final results:

1. Tanner Naeher

2a. Katelyn Drake

2b. Kriste Day

2c. Zac Logsdon

2d. Deb Livingston

3. Misty Copeland

Here's a look at the chili, after we ate it all.

 

In other unrelated news, I just got back from a shoot in Orlando for the American Athletic Conference basketball media days. We had a good time- got to talk with the WBB coaches and players, and the MBB players from around the conference too. I'm looking forward to the PSAs we put together for both sides.

 

Here's a creepy painting that was at the end of the hall at our hotel... pretty cool though.

 

And to tie in videos and painting, I heard Bob Ross' entire collection is now available on YouTube. It's the gift that keeps on giving. I hope you'll find your inner artist and paint what your heart desires.

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