Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Party

It's about three in the morning and I just got back from the party.
It was interesting, to say the least.
Started out kinda slow, but by the end I had experienced at least three things I'd never seen/done before.

Before I get to that list, though, lemme say I decided not to drink any alcohol. I decided it probably just wouldn't be a wise choice, what with my IV and my bad leg and my antibiotics. There will be other parties, I can drink at those if I want to. For this one, I remained sober.
I was the only sober one there. Everyone else ended up in varying degrees of drunkenness. So I sorta got unofficially voted as "the chick who keeps people's car keys to make sure they don't drive drunk." And I occasionally felt like I was "the adult" in a day care center or something. Strange things were happening!

The host (who is a magnificent cook) made delicious BBQ ribs and BBQ chicken on the grill. Plus there was yummy cornbread, pasta, and one of the most decadent chocolate cakes I have had in a long time. Amazing. Even while drunk, this guy is a better cook than I am when I'm sober.
Incidentally, he was so drunk that he tested the "doneness" of the cake by sticking his finger in the middle of it while it was still in the oven. Hot. He put his bare finger in something that was in the process of baking! Duh! OUCH! Of course he got burned, but didn't seem to be bothered too much by it-- he said something like "Well, THAT'S gonna hurt tomorrow when I wake up."
Despite the strange behavior that emanated from all directions, I did have a good time with my friends. There were also people there I'd never met before. The house was full of people.

Now for the list of three things I've never done before, which I did tonight:

1) Actually gave the hookah a try when it was passed to me. (*shrug*). It was ok. It had berry scented tobacco in it, which made smoke that smelled like kool-aid or Crunch Berries cereal. I'm not a smoker, so it didn't really grab me, but I admit it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. (*shrug*) I don't know if I'll do it again.

2) There was a joint being passed around. I did not partake. But this was the first time in my life I've been within ten feet of an actual joint. It smelled different from what I was expecting. Guess I've led a sheltered life. I'm 37 and this is the first time I've been around any kind of "illegal drug".

3) I've never seen stoned people before. Tonight I got to see people who were drunk AND stoned AND passed out in the middle of the front lawn. People just laying there on the grass (no pun intended), occasionally saying things, occasionally pausing to puke, occasionally doing nothing at all. Strange.

I'm glad I chose to remain sober. I think I got the better end of the deal.
It was like watching one big psychology experiment, gone oddly awry.

I felt normal by comparison.
Those of you who know me will realize how scary that is. :)


metalmom said...

Are you sure it was a hookah and not a bong?? LOL You were made "the KEY-MASTER" ( the sober one in charge of the keys) I'm glad you had fun. I haven't been to one of those parties in (weeks) YEARS!

Mr. Fabulous said...

I just keep reading I felt normal by comparison. over and over.

It does not compute.

Meloncutter said...

Good Morning Janna.

You have been Tagged.

Later Y'all

Lynda said...

If I ever went to a party like that, I would be the Keymaster too!! LOL

What the heck is a hooka. I thought it might be a joint, until that was covered in #2.

Oh, and this party almost sounded like my first job, only without food.

Lynda said...

I mean, only with food. My first job was without food.

Marilyn said...

When I was working at the plastic factory I gave all the guys who needed one a ride home from work. (At the time I couldn't figure out why gainfully employed men wouldn't have cars... duh). One moring I turned around just as one of them lit a joint and I actually had to say, "please don't smoke pot in my car".

Anyway, it sounds like a great party. Like the kind I'm too old and nerdy to get invited to now.

Janna said...

Metalmom: Indeed, I was the Key Master! And yes, it was a hookah and not a bong.

Mr. Fab: LOL. I know. :)

Meloncutter: Ok! I'll check it out!

HERE is a wiki-article with a great picture of a hookah. In fact, picture it green instead of blue, and silver instead of gold, and one hose instead of three, and that's the one we had! :)

Marilyn: I'm old and nerdy too, which is why I'm usually not at events like this!

michele said...

Good for you for not partaking
in the festivities. I couldn't
be that strong,nor do i want to.

I had a hookah but i lost it
in a gin rummy game.Hope you're
feeling better,have a great

Morgen said...

...still trying to wrap my head around Janna being the normal one in the room...

Quite an interesting evening - glad you enjoyed yourself, oh sober one!

Janna said...

Michele: You lost your hookah in a gin rummy game??? Wow, bummer!

Morgen: Me being the normal one in the room is kinda like a puddle of mustard & ketchup with just a tiny speck of hamburger in the middle. Opposite of what you would expect!
The universe was turned around backwards! AND I HAD THE KEYS!! :)

Desert Songbird said...

I'm still stuck on the fact that you'd never been exposed to pot before.


Lynda said...

Looks interesting.

Morgiana Le Fey said...

totally wish i could have been there to see you take a pull on the hookah...

Janna said...

Desert Songbird: I guess I've had a sheltered life. I've been the "good girl" up til now! :)

Lynda: It is!

Morgian: I wish you could have been there too!!!

Turnbaby said...

LOL --I have not read the comments but I know two phrases that stood out to me--

"the sober one in charge of the keys"

You were the "Key Master"

And "normal by comparison" --Oh my--sugar that's how we ALL go through life--it's all relative

I love this post--

Sorry about your horrible bout with the infection though

and interview questions being done tonight( LOVE them btw) Planning on it being Tuesday's post

amisare waswerebeen said...

Good to see you're still doing okay with your leg. It's a general consensus that it's a whole different party for the sober one.

Janna said...

Turnbaby: Maybe I should call myself the Key Mistress instead, but that sounds kinda kinky. Though I guess that could be a good thing, depending on what kind of a party it is.

Amisare: I was the only sober one there, and it was definitely different for me than it was for everyone else! :)

Juby said...

That was one kick ass party! I'm glad you tried the Hookah. I hope you liked it. I can't wait for the next party..we're getting you CRUNK!

Janna said...

Juby: Crunk? I'm getting crunk? Will it hurt?

Anonymous said...

All I have to say is... "and a good time was had by all"...

The Drunk Who Can Cook

P.S. I guess my finger didn't hurt that bad. I forgot all about that until I just read it. :)

Janna said...

Anonymous (Jason): Glad to see you finally woke up and got off the lawn. :)