December 9: Party

Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.
(Author: Shauna Reid — The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl — @shauna)

I wasn’t sure what to put for this one, but I guess it’s my blog, so I can talk about it how I want. The first social gathering is my #1 show of the year, and I can only imagine what it would have been like if I had been on the floor — Edward Sharpe and the Amazing Zeros. It was a Lolla aftershow and I didn’t have a ticket. I think the show sold out in a half-hour or something stupid. On the day of the show, magic happened and I was gifted a ticket if I did a review. Go to the link for all the details. But the short story is that I was completely taken and riveted by the lead singer in his role as Edward Sharpe. The energy the band gave off was so completely infectious, I could imagine myself following them anywhere. It was really a great show.

The second social gathering was a means to an end. It was going to a national conference of the coffee club … that was in New York. I don’t want to diminish the work and the purpose of what I was there for, but I’m not going to lie … at one point, it seemed like I wasn’t going to be able to make it. I couldn’t bear the thought of not being with my friends in our endeavor to bid for the conference, but the idea of missing it all in New York? With hotel rates at a never-to-be-seen again rate in Times Square? I *had* to make it happen. And I did. I came early and stayed late, and I still dream of New York. We have so much more to do.

The last social gathering that rocked my socks off was one that I created. It’s CHIRP’s reading series, “The First Time.” I didn’t think many people in the organization cared about it or thought it was a good idea. But I knew that it was going to be something really cool. And so it is. People write and read original pieces based around a “first time” theme (first sex, first job, etc.). In the piece is included a musical reference, and immediately after they read, a live band performs the song of the performer’s choice. It’s gotten really good praise and people are really into it. I hope to help it to grow more as the months go on, and the edition for CHIRP’s first anniversary in January is going to be phenomenal.

It’s First Car, it’s 1.26.11 at Schubas. It’s going to kick some royal ass. Come out, don’t be late (its starts at 8).


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