“Bar is Almost Done” PartyPosted: February 22, 2010
On Saturday night Laurie and I threw a party. Well, I threw a party, Laurie threw up.
I would not mention that.
Well you like to keep your balls in your wife’s purse right next to her lipstick.
Where was I? Oh the party.
I needed a dry run. I needed to know what worked, what didn’t and what design changes if any, were needed. How can I find all this out? By throwing a party and using my friends as research. I probably sounded like a broken record to them constantly asking :” ya havin’ a good time?” but I needed to know. Promise, next party I won’t ask a hundred times. Instead, if the party sucks, just simply walk up to me and kick me in the balls , I get subtlety.
I already had the liquor on site. Went out and bought that a few weeks ago. Check it out:
This past Thursday after work, I went to the supermarket to buy the soda. Laurie went with Madaghan to get the food. But all those bottles of soda plus one four year old is tough to handle. All told, I got 75 bucks worth of freakin’ soda. I know what you are thinking….. What kind of party can you have with soda fat ass? ….A lame one is the answer.
But a few of my friends do not drink, and one mixes beer and soda.You read that correctly. You do not have to go back and read the words again…the ones swimming in your head are right: “mixes beer with soda“… He’s 76, and still rides a Harley. He can have beer anyway he damn well pleases.
While others, like AJ, (a.ka. duckhand), need soda for cocktails. Especially Ginger Ale. Mix Ginger Ale with Bombay Saphire and you have a nice easy breazy cocktail
We told people the party will start around 4. Truth be told, we were ready by 12 noon because that is how Laurie and I roll. My sister and her boyfriend Rob were first to arrive. Her brother, Dave and his wife Theresea were second to arrive. They chipped in and helped with the final preperation. Move chairs here, get ice, fill this, move that etc etc.
One thing more before we get into the pics…remember my post about how I would emerge from the closet like a knight in shining armour with a spare keg? It happened! On Monday I ordered a keg of Killian’s from Casey’s in Pine Bush. I picked it up on Friday morning and let it sit in the cold garage until needed. Sometime during the party, I was informed the keg was kicked. It was an older keg, I had it about 3 weeks and have had the guys over a couple of times, so I was not shocked. As I walked behind the bar a scary thought crept in from out of the alcohol fog: “What if it is the CO2 tank?”
Than you’re fucked.
Thank you Capt. Obvious. You dick.
But! Chubby had a back up plan for that too. I asked AJ (duckhand) to bring down his spare tap just… in… case. For a second there I thought we almost needed it. But the CO2 was fine, the keg was indeed just kicked. Brian and I changed the keg and like Mariano Riveria coming in for the save and the win, the new keg perfomed like a champ I knew it would be. We changed it so fast, I am now fielding calls from NASCAR teams.
I wish I had more pics, but the only camera I had handy was my phone camera. Do I have a nice Fuji Camera sitting in a camera case? You betcha. Did I grab it? Of course not.
All of the clear pics here are from Linda: (blurry ones are my phone)
Some of you will notice that after the second picture, there is no more pictures of Laurie. Well, that is because she partied way to hard in the beginning. Like a wild animal sprung from it’s child care cage, she attacked the beer like a junkie on a bender. Around 9:30, she went upstairs, threw up three times and went to bed. My wife needs to learn how to party again.
Special shout out to Maritza, Nicol, and Theresea for taking good care of her while I tended to our guests. (I did carry her into bed-don’t think chubby hubby did not do nuttin’). After Nicol, Maritza and T put Laurie to bed, T decided she would lay down with her. Thanks again ladies!!
In summary, what did I learn from this party?
- Always have a back up keg. Always. Even if it does not come in for the save, you can re load your kegerator with a full keg after the party. Win Win.
- Always check volume left in the CO2 tank.
- Keep a tap on hand. Might never need it, but good to have.
- Start time of 4 is a bit early, shoot for a 6 o’clock start
- Organize who makes what food dishes a little better. Some things went, some things were not touched. Although does make for nice left overs.
- More variety in music. Classic rock is good for just the boys, but can kill the party faster than the Islanders kill all hope for a successful season.
- Remove all 12 minute Pink Floyd songs from the jukebox
- Need a fridge for the garage
- Have a camera at the ready
- Laurie needs to eat before and during the party
- No more Vodka Pong for Laurie.
All in all I think the party went over well. I hope everyone had a good time. If anyone reading this, has any pictures please send them my way. Also, feel free to post postive and negative comments. This is the time to improve while the walls are still open.
I need a camera.