At the height of the party, ZombieKid and theGnome watched a movie upstairs, the engineer contingent (four of them, including theCSO) watched a different movie in a different room, while Big Gorilla played his guitar downstairs next to the bar and everybody else talked and drank. We had over a dozen people and everybody seemed to have a good time. We polished off lots of gin and champagne.
My brother Jason had showed up and made a drunken ass of himself in front of our friends and theCSO and I had to devote lots of energy at 2am to trying to figure out how to get him home while he insisted that nobody should drive him.
Finally, we disabled his vehicle and locked him out. That sounds really harsh, but he only lives a mile or so away, so we figured he'd find his way home or call himself the cab we'd been trying to get him to let us call for him.
So my past was evident enough. That said, even as a kid, I dreamed about throwing parties where smart people came to hang out with me and talk about important things. And brother or no, smart people do hang out at my parties and discuss important things. (And watch movies, and talk politics, play geeky card games and in Big Gorilla's case explain how Warren Zevon was a misunderstood genius.)
May we all spend 2008 getting closer to becoming the people we want to be.
Yay for hosting! Glad to hear you had fun at your party. I threw my first NYE party and it was great!
We geeked out for New Years- I GM'd an RPG, got the scenario resolved by 11:40 so we could rejoin humanity and watch the zombie Dick Clark count it down. But if we were a few hundred miles closer, we'd hang out at your place.
I suspect Big Gorilla's right about Warren Zevon.
Hafidha- Hosting rocks!
Joel- You would have fit in.
Fausto- Yeah, Big Gorilla and his guitar made an excellent case for it.
We actually went to a NYE party too. It was nice to see some of the people I only see once or twice a year. There were some musicians -- two guitars, a flute, a tambour and spoons. The flute player can really sight-read so it was great. We sang old (1963-66) Beatles songs a lot because that was the songbook that we had.
I stayed in this year. Since I can't drink at all on these new meds and everyone else feels largely obligated, I didn't want to feel left out.
Having been the obnoxious drunk guy myself once or twice before, I certainly didn't miss running that risk or waking up the next morning with a hangover.
Very cool idea -- my fiance was a huge RPG geek before he moved to NYC. Maybe I can help reconcile him to living here by putting together an RPG party for New Year's Eve. His organizational instincts have been so starved lately that he was organizing champagne for the party we did attend, even though we weren't the hosts.
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