SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2002 @ Dan's New House!
RA Rosenberg's pictures added 12/3/02.
Saturday we had preparation, dinner, club dancing, Dance Dance Revolution,
a Mark & Marg acoustic
set with solo numbers by Ben and Rachel, and some impromptu Halloween
song singalongs featuring Beth and Rachel leading the Monster Mash ("Mash
The Ministers of Beer (Mark
and John) fulfilled their office admirably, as did the Mayors of Party
City (Marg and Frances), the Special Scientific Advisor (Supervillain),
Carne Chef Laureate (Rachel), Veggie Chef Laureate (Frances), Salsa Chef
Laureate (Rose, well OK Rose's mom), and official Dance Dance Revolutionary
(Beth). And thanks to Rochelle and John and Christine for the farm-fresh
The new place turned out to
be as good a party house as I hoped it would be, we had 20 adults+toddler+dog
at the party and 10 adults at once for dinner, and the banquet room could've
probably sat all 20. Eight adults+toddler were able to spend the night
in at least semi-private areas without having to use sleeping bags and
with at least one semi-private area to spare.
Frances got the extra-bonus
psycho shower experience as my new bright red guest washcloths hadn't
finished bleeding yet.
Sunday morning I made pancakes
and spicy eggs and there were many pots of coffee, followed by a hike
along the beach. A lucky few got to eat Thai food and attend the Christine
Lavin concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music which was incredibly
entertaining. (Happy sigh.)
CONTEST RESULTS ***
I said there would be a costume
contest but just barely got the house ready and was too happily buzzed
on Pepsi Blue to care about it at the time. Besides, the costumes were
all so good it seemed a shame to mar the harmony of the evening with competition.
:) Upon reviewing the announcement, my lawyers informed me that there
was nothing specifying that the contest had to be democratic, so here
are the results in no particular order:
COSTUME CONCEPT INVOLVING SHAMELESS HOST FLATTERY
(1 & 2)
Irene, Michael, and Tommy for "Mini-Guest" and entourage (hey,
it got them the biggest private guest room :)
BEST COUPLE COSTUME CONCEPT (GENERAL POP CULTURE)
(1 & 2)
Jen and Matt as the psycho shower babe and Norman Bates
BEST COUPLE COSTUME CONCEPT (NERKY SUBCULTURE)
(1 & 2)
Rochelle and John as Diavola and the Snide-2-U from The Adventures of
PERSON IT TOOK ME THE LONGEST TIME TO RECOGNIZE
(1 & 2)
Beth as Marilyn Monroe (Guess it really is plausible that Black Canary
could hide her identity beneath a blond wig)
THE "RED BADGE OF COURAGE" AWARD
Goes to Peter for his long-underwear-based Too Much Coffee Man (see www.tmcm.com)
THE "JUST TOO CUTE" AWARD
Goes to Lazlo for his little cape as Too Much Chocolate Dog
THE "MASH GOOD" AWARD (1
Goes to Marg as Frankenstein's monster
THE "RENNAISSANCE MAN" AWARD (1)
Goes to Mark, who helped out in multiple ways and dressed the part
THE DAMON DIEHL MEMORIAL "MOST DISTURBING COSTUME"
AWARD (1 &
Gos to Frances for her psycho Raggedy Ann (carrying Andy's severed head)
THE "I NEVER THOUGHT I'D BE FRIGHTENED BY STYROFOAM
CUPS" AWARD (1
Goes to Frank for his creature made from cups all over his head, a breather
mask, a black robe with sparkly trim, and calipers. I hope there will
be pictures 'cause it was much scarier than I just made it sound.
THE "BABY GOT BACK" AWARD (1)
Goes to Tymme for his mosquito carapace/arab headdress "west nile
virus" outfit (wit some serious thorax caboose)
THE "BEST GENERAL/NERKY CULTURE CROSSOVER"
Goes to Heather for dressing as the Picasso statue (a bit more stylish
than Jack's Bootian (boo-tee-un) outfit I'm
THE "ROSE IS ROSE" AWARD (1)
Goes to Rose who came as a rose (also a runner up for the "Baby Got
Back" award due to the flower pot portion of the outfit, but she
could actually remain in the dance loft without having to hang it over
the railing :)
THE "BEST INCORPORATION OF A RHYTHM INSTRUMENT"
Goes to R A Rosenberg for her Persephone costume: skull makeup, a red
velvety cape, and an awesome wooden staff with a death rattle.
THE "NOT A REAL DOCTOR/WELL ACTUALLY SHE IS
A REAL DOCTOR" AWARD (1)
Goes to Sharon as the witch doctor (who vanished magically while the rest
of us slept, leaving only her hat behind :)
THE LACK OF COSTUME AWARD
Goes to Donna, who had a really good excuse after working construction
all day but was awarded the "Half Deflated CheeseHead Hat of Shame"
THE LACK OF COSTUME AWARD (RUNNER-UP) (1
Goes to Supervillain, who wore his regular clothes and didn't dress up
at all. (Too bad Mike couldn't come. You know, I've never seen him and
Supervillain together. I guess he just doesn't like electronica. ;)
THE "BEST INVISIBLE MAN (WRAPPED)" AWARD
Goes to Ben, who was also runner up for the "Person it took me the
longest time to recognize" award, as the bandaged version
THE "BEST INVISIBLE MAN (UNWRAPPED)" AWARD
Goes to Craig, who didn't become visible until Sunday morning
THE FALSE MEMORY FOUNDATION SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Goes to Christine, whose costume as Charlie (from Charlie's Angels) had
unfortunate encounter with the Technical Difficulties.