For a couple of days before my party
I was very busy. I did buying runs to all my favorite stores on my
bike. I cooked beans, black eyed peas, collards, and eggplant dip.
I didn't remember to get my camera until everyone was posing for a
group shot. Ooops, mine was still at home. After that I got it,
but I'd missed the shot. Thank you Jason Lehrbaum for letting me
use this one.
After that I tried to get at least
one picture of everyone that was still there. I missed many of the
earlier guests like Susan Grill and Paul Velo. Sorry about that.
Jon asked where the Greens were this
year. I said that some were here, but some had died and others
were now stopped by obstacles like walking six blocks in the cold
and dark. Plus there's the fact that I'm not in with the new crowd
the way I was in with the old crowd. I mentioned it to them, but
it seems that wasn't enough to get them to show up. Oh well...
Melanie was handing out cuttings of
jade plant. I got one of them and planted it in one of the pots on
my porch. Wishing it good luck!
One of the smokers outside pointed
out that this is the first year that smoking marijuana at festivus
is legal. Wow! It was sweet to vote for something like that and
then enjoy the benefits.
Virginia's feat of strength was to
carry all this bling around and show it to people all evening. She
explained that she had done one of the half marathons completely
by transit and foot. Didn't even set foot in a car that day. She
didn't even mention that she'd walked her 100th Half Marathon just
a couple of months earlier. I knew because it had been my first
half marathon of the millennium. Nor did she mention that hundreds
of hours of training also went into those medals. It was an
awesome feat of strength.
This time security never did get
around to telling us the party was over. People trickled out
slowly until something like 1 AM. Then there was a flurry of
cleanup and every one else left. The last carload was Lloyd,
Renee, and Lauren. Virginia and I just got everything that needed
refrigeration into the chiller as quickly as possible and went to
bed. So grateful for everyone who came! Thank you for an awesome
Later in Jason's pictures of the
event I found these others represented: