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I Hate Green Beans: Wine and blue...arrows so true

Friday, February 8, 2008

Wine and blue...arrows so true

That's what Pi Phi will mean to you!

Ironically, we didn't have wine to celebrate the inaugural meeting of our new found club. We had margaritas. And they were good. I actually had a daiquiri because I prefer rum to tequila. Sadly, I thought the sweet waiter at Cafe Adobe had given me a virgin drink because it tasted like strawberry snow cone solution. But with a few swirls of my straw, I leaned over to Jill and whispered, "I found my rum!"

And then my arms got heavy. But I digress.

For the past few years, we have all talked about getting together to reminisce about our Pi Phi days at Baylor. Each of us probably knew at least one other Pi Phi in the greater Houston area. Let's celebrate being sisters!

Okay...maybe that's going a bit far. If we were wine and blue through and through, we would all be members of an alumnae club. Alas, we are not. BAD PI PHI'S!

So we started small. It was a simple email that read, "Call girls in Houston who were in or near your pledge class." Within minutes, we had plans for 10 of us to eat dinner. FUN TIMES!

Sadly, last night rolled around and half of the girls couldn't come. Caroline had to make a last minute trip to Austin. Probably to find a Firedance dress. Bracken had a sick husband and baby. Or else she had a hickey on her neck that she didn't want us to see. We learned that Kimberly is still banned from all Pi Phi functions. Something about the infamous "pledge class dance." We'll just leave it at that, although the decade is almost up. FINGERS CROSSED KIMBO! And two of our girls were MIA. Christi and Jessica, we believe, ditched us to go to a Sigma Chi party.

And then there were five. And we had a glorious time.

Sarah and I talked about the oil and gas industry. Once we realized we were boring the others to tears, we switched to talking about the good old days at Baylor. Sarah remembered everyone's name, major, birthday and shoe size. You can't help but smile when you talk to her. She has an infectious energy.

Anne, who could be a model for Ralph Lauren, caught us up on her life in the hospitality industry. We all admitted that we felt nervous around her for years because she was in charge of standards. You know...that place where you go when you get caught drinking! (My prude self didn't even know that this committee existed!) When Anne spoke, we listened. What a great leader!

Rebecca hasn't changed a bit. Except for the fact that she has birthed three kids. And looks amazing. Could her legs be any longer? She talked about working at NASA and said one sentence that I didn't understand, but I shook my head as if I was right on board. We retold the story of the Monmouth football game against the Kappas and how Becca's teeth got knocked out. GOOD TIMES!

Then there was Jill. She and I decided to wear our Pi Phi jerseys to be funny. I looked lame. She looked AWESOME! She's 50 months prego and came to Cafe Adobe with her Pi Phi jersey on. Belted. Below the baby bump. With her arrow pin. And drop. She gets the award for Best JV Alumnae of the night. Sweet Sarah asked us about the time we performed Dancing Queen in front of the sorority. I told her we had just performed it again...impromptu of the church women's retreat. She didn't seem surprised. Had she asked, Jill and I would have busted out ABBA right then and there.

All joking aside, my friends I met at Baylor are some I will cherish always. And Pi Phi was a big part of that experience. These girls helped make me who I am today. And I will always love them.

Lincee Ray
Texas Zeta


Paige said...

Woot for Baylor days! I spoke at my sorority's new member meeting this week about "what it means to be an alumnae for life." I enjoyed your post. :)

Anonymous said...

How funny...I was a Kappa at KSU, but can still relate! Too bad we didn't know at the time how great it was to have all your best buds in the same town!

Allysue said...

I have LOVED you for the past several seasons of The Bachelor (I was on board when it was a mass email list) and now I don't even know what to think! I was a Kappa at Baylor (epsilon upsilon--graduated in '93) and had no idea you were a Baylor alum, and a Pi Phi, at that! I guess since I was between Pi Phi and Kappa on pref day, I can still love you . . . and how blessed you are to have an impromptu reunion! Fun times! Now that I know you're a Baylor alum, I feel even more of a happy connection and can tell my friends about brilliant Lincee, my fellow Baylor alum!

Anonymous said...

You have made me laugh for years, but I now feel the same happy connection as allysue as I was a Zeta at Baylor and graduated in '99! Awwwww, Sickem Bears! ;-)

Starshine said...

As you know, I'm a Texas Zeta member of Pi Phi, too!

When my pledge class had the monmouth football game, I was only put in for one play. Then I went off-sides and was taken out for the rest of the game. My sweet Mom came to watch and loved me anyway.

My Suburban Bliss said...

Lincee - I have been following your Bachelor Recaps for years, all the way back in the day when it was just an email forward that you had to wait and receive from a friend of a friend of a friend. In any event, you are awesome and I read this blog too and I am so excited to read that you are a Pi Phi. I am a Pi Phi too!!! California Eta, 1997. Woo hoo!!!

esm said...

I have loved reading your bachlor recaps, but I was even more excited to read today that you are a Pi Phi! I guess that makes us sisters! Virginia Eta!
Thanks for keeping me amused!!!

Anonymous said...

I new I loved your recaps for some reason, other than they are hilarious. I am a Pi Phi too- Louisiana Beta!!

Anonymous said...

I spelled new wrong- I meant, I knew I loved your...

Anonymous said...

Lincee - I've been reading your blog in the email days and loved I know why :) Texas Gamma '93 (Texas Tech).