Monday, June 25, 2007

Flat Albert and the Lost Jungle

After Albert's long trip with Ariana, he decided to take Gaby, Marissa, Julie and their friends Colin, Eric, and Becca mini golfing on one of the nicest summer evenings of the year. It all started innocently enough...

However, we soon realized that this was no ordinary golf course, and might not prove very relaxing...

Albert's cool quickly disappeared. He hoped we wouldn't notice how scared he was, but it was hard not to. His fear was quite transparent. It seems it wasn't misplaced...

After the close call with the spider, Albert was even more scared, but we convinced him that things would be safer now that we knew what the dangers were, and Albert was able to get into the spirit of things.

He tried to gain an advantage on the score card by attempting to psych us out by standing in the hole. It didn't work though, because we all got a hole-in-one, except for Albert. He somehow managed to score E=mc^2 on every hole...

There were some more warning signs that we were at no ordinary golfing range, and Julie got really scared. Albert's love for the ladies made him want to reassure her.

This led to some problems, because Albert began to act more confident than he was (he wanted to show Julie that there was some brawn to go with all that brain). The rest of us tried to warn Albert to be careful, but he wouldn't listen to us, insistent on showing Julie that there was no danger. So he took a few chances with a caged beast.

Unfortunately, it got the better of him.

Albert was quite alarmed, but Julie overcame her fear and wrestled Albert away from the deathjaws of the beast (we think he kind of liked being rescued by a strong woman).

With the knowledge that his woman was there to save him, Albert was much more relaxed during the rest of the adventure. In the end, no one did very well in the game, but we all made it out alive, and that was all that mattered.

(Becca, Julie, Marissa, Gaby, Al, Eric, and Colin)



Just when everything seemed safe....things got REALLY scary, and Albert had to get Gaby ready for the LSATs. He made sure that she had enough sharpened #2 pencils (he wanted her to take a few more, but Marissa had to intercede and assure them both that six pencils were more than enough). He also did the lucky Flat Albert dance to bring Gaby some good luck (she says she thinks it made all the difference in the world). Unfortunately, she couldn't actually take him with her, because she was worried that the proctors would think that Albert was trying to cheat with that airplane of his, or by blowing smoke signals with his pipe...

Gaby survived, though, and afterwards, Albert knew just what she needed. (Alcohol and sugar, in case you were wondering).

Julie thought Albert deserved a little pampering since he had worked so hard to help Gaby with the LSATs.

Albert and Gaby's boyfriend, Eric, met, and they got along really well.

Always the gentleman, Albert entertained Marissa with stories about the many times he almost quit his career in theoretical physics to join the circus. Apparently he has always wanted to be shot out of a canon. I bet Freud would have something to say about that.

P.S. Albert is really thankful to Kate for showing him how to use Picasa to improve these pictures. He thinks they may have been too dark to chronicle his experiences otherwise.

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