This week Nicole and I entered a new social realm...that's right, celebrity status. Saturday was the annual Hampton City Holly-daze parade. The Hampton city ward's entry was a float depicting the Nativity scene. We were asked last week to play the parts of Mary and Joseph on the float. I was of course chosen for my superb ability to grow facial hair. Since the early age of 17, I have progressed from shaving every other week to every other day. However, in about a week, with some extra effort and concentration and a slight diet change, I was able to produce this beauty.
Nicole, on my left, made an excellent Mary. The parade was on Sat evening. It was actually fairly cold. We were able to hide our excess layers under our ultra-frumpy robes that we wore. We were joined on the float by the three wise men, two shephards, and a little angel. Thankfully with the added help of some hand warmers and some hot chocolate from our thermos we were able to keep warm.
During the parade things went well; Nicole knelt on the float and I knelt behind her. I spent most of the time trying to look pious and waving and pointing at the crowd while shouting things like "Merry Christmas," "Great to see you," and "How you doin'?" I must say, that being famous is a lot of fun, but it's a lot of hard work.
Also this weekend, we went up with the youth from our ward to DC again to see the lights at the DC temple. It's no Temple Square, but 450,000 lights is still extremely impressive. On an environmental note, all of the lights on display this year were LED instead of incandescent. I am behind this move 100%. Although these bulbs consume less power than traditional ones, they put out a great deal of light. So much in fact, that when you're close up and your pupils are already dilated because it's dark outside, you can smell your retina's burning. It's kind of like looking at thousands of little laser pointers all at once.
We were also fortunate because Nicole was able to come along as well, which was great. On the way up, everyone stopped at a place called 5 Guys. 5 Guys is a my favorite place to get a burger. It's like the In and Out of the East Coast, but much tastier. We then stayed the night again at my brother's. On Saturday morning we went out to eat and had some great French toast with cinnamon sugar and almonds. It was so good. Anyway, here are some pictures of our trip.