On Saturday, Xtina and I had a full plate. In the morning we helped an old friend move. His wife had passed on, and he moved to a smaller apartment in the Assisted Care Community. Not such a cheerful morning.
I hammered on the bassline for Monsters for a couple hours, until I thought I would get blisters on my blisters. Then I put down the bass and railed on Oblivion until I thought my trigger finger would get blisters on its blisters. I finished a couple quests, and sold a bunch of crap I was carrying. How many swords does the discriminating adventurer need, anyways? I had more swords than Xtina has shoes. Joined two more guilds, one which hunts Vampires and one which is just a frat-rich-boy-adventurers-club. I think I am in seven secret societies now, and I wonder if there is a contest to see how many secret societies you can join at one time.
Then it was off to an old friend of Xtina’s who was having a party. Xtina and I sat and talked together, and ate, and watched some people perform Karaoke and then we sat some more. Together. We moved to another place and sat together some more. And then we moved inside to get away from the mosquitoes the size of golf balls, and we sat some more. Together. Not that anyone was outright rude, or blatantly ignoring us, but it reminded me of lunchtime at high school. Everyone has their group to sit with, and if you aren’t part of the group… then you aren’t part of the group.
Afterward, we went to Tree’s place for a fire-pit party which was inside thankfully. (Without the fire and without the pit, in case you were wondering, but also without the heat and mosquitoes…)
What a culture shock, to go from a party where the clique is Not interested in newcomers to one that is accepting and inclusive. (Trees even jumped up an down in excitement when we arrived! Talk about making you feel welcome!) We had a blast at Trees place, playing ‘Apples to Apples’ and Jenga whilst drinking/schmoozing/socializing. Of course, the fact that Sue was there made the party all the more enjoyable, and the interaction of Sue+Trees+Alcohol=LaughRiot.
I just wanted to throw a Great Big Thank You to Trees and Sue and Friends, for a great time, which was all the more appreciated coming from a party where you don’t click with the clique.
The more interesting thing about Saturday is what I did Not do: Attend my High School Reunion. But that’s another post…