On the way to the party, I stopped at Felpausch for beverages. This trip provided an opportunity to drive through the village of Vicksburg. Just as in high school, I was extremely conscious of my speed. It is really difficult to drive 25 miles per hour.
The party was very good. After some general hanging out, we had a fine lasagne dinner prepared by Jason and Nathan. Somehow it must have been decided that the guys who were not from Vicksburg would serve as the kitchen staff. Waiting for dinner, Jenna introduced the concept of using the pre-labeled nickname cups as a beer kozy.
Aaron drove directly fron NYC to the party, arriving while we were eating dinner. Fred, however, was not able to negotiate the trip from Port Huron; depriving all of us of quality time with tubluva.
Since we've only known each other for about a hundred years, it was necessary to play a mixer game. In this game, the name of a person or fictional character was written on a 3 x 5 index card and affixed to each person's back. Each person was then required to determine the name on his back by asking questions of other partygoers. I had a great deal of difficulty determining that Gilligan (of Island fame) was on my back. Still, I finished before Aaron could figure out that the the name on his back was Janeane Garofalo.
This brought us to my second white elephant gift exchange of the season. We started using a method in which a story containing the words "left" and "right" was read. The passing of gifts wasn't as satisfactory as the traditional stealing method. There were some great items in the exchange: shark's tooth fertility necklace, wizard furby, Pulp Friction, a Dread Zeppelin CD, freaky alien clock ...
Later, we played a game called Loaded Questions. The standard rules were not satisfactory as they did not offer enough opportunities for bell-ringing and shouting. After several modifications, the new rules were very superior. Once the table15.org website is up and running, they will be posted for all to enjoy. We should probably send them to the manufacturer for inclusion in future editions.
By the end of the game, it was late and many people needed to drive home. Before we dissipated, we convened for a quick group photo. I wasn't really tired when I got home, so I stayed up for a little bit reading Harry Potter.