Burning Down the House
8:35- Micah is playing Mario Sunshine with the latest addition to the household- Game Cube. He is not dressed in costume. Darren and I go to get three bags of ice "just to be safe".
8: 45- The first wave of people arrive. Although 'wave' may be too strong a word for two people. You can tell they are Darren's friends because they have made the effort of shelling out to look like people from the Matrix.
Comments: Where's the party?
Darren: You're it.
9:15- The house is now populated by superheroes, Fire-Man, Power Puff Girls, more Matrix people, G.I. Joe, Lara Croft. Micah, in an effort to be sociable, has switched from Mario to a skating video.
9:25- Everyone is now watching a skating video. Micah is trying to explain certain terms like 'switch' and 'indie grab'. The number 180 is mentioned several times.
9:34- It is now the blooper section of the video. Instead of actors fudging their lines there is a succession of people falling off buildings, bouncing off cars, hitting their groins. Micah: 'A mate of mine tried to do an ollie off 11 flights of stairs, but he screwed up right? Landed on the tenth step with his nose. There's cracking of cartilage and lots of blood. This dude lost his sense of taste for six months and to this day he doesn't have the sense of smell'. There's nervous chuckles, coughing. I am laughing uproariously.
9:35- Our guests leave.
10:15- Andrea arrives with pizza. It is gourmet.
10:23- Ariel arrives. He has recently taken a part-time job that involves getting up at 4:30 in the morning and scaring bats. His 'costume' is one of the symbols from Transformers printed on A4. Sadly this is much more of an effort than me or Micah made.
10:45- Steve arrives. 'Is this the right house?'
11:15- The frisbee golf group arrive. 'Are we a day early?'
11:20- chit-chat. Flight simulators, Catch-22, terrorists are mentioned. Micah turns the Game Cube on again. He has long since ceased to make an effort for conversation.
11:30- Steve recounts a story about a dwarf who lived at his school who was placed in a suitcase and left in the bus. Nervous laughter, coughing. I laugh uproariously.
11:31- Someone tries to explain to me the difference between midgets and dwarves. Something about proportional heights. I say it's like the difference between alligators and crocodiles-There may be a difference but I don't care.
11:35- More people leave.
11:45- Slo-Mo Helen arrives. She has come from another housewarming party...with people.
12:30 through to 1:45- blurry. Jenkins, Doc, Helen, Scott arrive.
2:30- More people have gone. Scott has remained on the couch mumbling about teaching. A lot of beer is missing from the fridge. The three bags of ice is melting, melting.
10: 45- Scott is missing. Along with the stereo.
10:45 and thirty seconds.- Found stereo.
Damn dirty apes,