Saturday night was Corinne’s cousin Amy’s college graduation party. Nothing big, just family. It was at Amy’s parents house out in the country in Madera, on their rather large ranch where grapes and other such crops are grown for profit. You know, like a farm, except its called a “ranch.”
This is the tale of how I got covered with San Joaquin mud and got to experience what real country folk do for fun.
I was standing around drinking Coors Light (my kind of people) with the guys at the party. An explanation of myself and Corinne’s relationship to these guys is needed, as it will help create a better storyline.
First, there is Wyatt, who is Amy’s brother and by default Corinne’s cousin as well. He runs a few hundred acres of various crops, mostly grapes. He is my age, and married. More about his wife in a minute.
Second is Jarret, who is married to Cristen, who is the youngest sister of Wyatt and Amy, and, of course, also Corinne’s cousin by default. Jarret’s sister, Marlea, is Wyatt’s wife. So Jarret and Wyatt are brothers-in-law, twice over.
Third is David, who is Amy’s boyfriend. No weird family connection there, except that he was already Jarret and Wyatt’s good buddy before he started dating Amy.
So thats just the beginning of the strange relationships and marriages that dominate this circle of friends.
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