Sunday, November 9, 2008

Dining Out

Dining out was on Saturday, Nov 1. for those of you don't know what dining out is, it's a formal dinner where it's pretty much required to have a date for ROTC. there are rules of the mess that the cadets MUST follow and if their date is doing something really bad, then they may suffer the penalties for him/her. by penalties i mean being sent to the grog which is a toilet on a table filled with nasty drink (whatever they wanted to put in it) or they might have to do something embarrassing in front of everyone. here are the actual rules of the mess.......
Thou shalt enjoy thyself to the fullest!
Thou shalt not be late.
Thou shalt make every effort to meet all guest.
When the mess is formed thou shalt remain standing until seated by the President.
Thou shalt not leave the mess whilst convened. Military protocol overrides all calls of nature. (they made an extra announcement for this didn't apply for anyone who was pregnant...i'm the furthest along by far)
Thou shalt participate in toasts unless thyself or thy group is being honored.
Thou shalt ensure that thy glass is always charged.
Thou shalt not murder the Queen's English or any other language.
Thou shalt always use proper toasting procedure.
Thou shalt not laugh at ridiculously funny comments unless Mister President first shows approval by laughing.
Thou shalt not question the decisions of Mister President or Mister Vice.
Thou shalt express thy approval by tapping thy spoon on the table. Clapping thy hands will not be tolerated.
Thou shalt not begin eating a course of the meal before members of the head table.
Thy reputaion shall be placed at risk if thy bow tie rides and an obvious list.
Thou shalt not grog members of the head table.

Other rules included always escorting your date and dates always had to be on the left. Very hard for us to do because i move fairly slowly. anyway, BYU catering did the event, and the food was not that good. there was this huge cake that was gorgeous and it tasted sugar free to top it all off.
i searched all over for a dress and shoes and all that and finally lucked out like 2 days before the event. mike's sister did my hair and everything was great. i worked 8 hours that morning and was fairly swollen and could barely move my knees, ankles, and toes. there was a dance afterward and you can imagine how great i top that off, mike stepped on the top of my left foot with his heel which is horse-shoed. it still hurts. we had fun at the dance though. i was the only prego that stayed for the dance. we were neglectful and only took a couple of pics though......
One of the speakers at the dinner was Col. John M. McCain, the commander of all of Air Force ROTC. mike was excited to have him there....