|Surprise! (Yes, I was...)
||[Aug. 8th, 2003|04:19 pm]
|||||Your Redneck Past-Ben Folds Five||]|
So, my plans last night were to get together at the college and play D&D with the group that I'm currently DMing. For those unaware, we're playing D&D on non-AOKP Thursdays this summer (after summer's over, I don't know when we'll play, but I hope we'll figure it out...).
Of course, when Farqhuar (a former AOKP member now living in the Bay Area, and one of the coolest men in existence...) emailed saying he was coming down for the weekend starting on Thursday night, I thought "Okay, so we'll play for a couple of hours maybe, then we'll join the Qhuar and everyone else for melee..."
So, everything's going along as I expected. I get my D&D books together, pick up Maire, go to the comic book store, have dinner with Maire and her family, and head off to Whittier College. We get there about 15 minutes to half an hour before we're usually there, and we head up to Wardman. A couple of people are already there, including Cindy, who walks out of the next room. She gives me a hug and says "I've got to go find Farqhuar. He thinks we're at Hoover." (For non-AOKPers, Hoover is where we normally meet, but this summer our normal room is taken by a summer session class, so we're in Wardman, one of the dorms.) So, I go into the room where we play D&D and start setting up the tables and such. By this point, all of the regular players have arrived, except for Thomas, which I thought odd, since Cindy was there (Tom and Cindy are married). shironiku (aka Whitemeat) says, "Oh, he's in the next room. He wants to talk some character stuff with you." All right, I think, and open the door...to find Thomas, a cake with lit candles, and a sudden chorus of "Happy Birthday" (copyright Patty and Mildred Hill, but they made no money on it, so don't sue please...) from everyone. Turns out that Whitemeat had organized a surprise birthday party for me. Needless to say, I was incredibly touched, but let me say it again nevertheless. I was incredibly touched.
All together, I think about fifteen people showed up. (Let's see...going around the table, there was Farqhuar, Hans, Darkmeat, Maire, Cindy, Shannon, Erik, Thomas, Bobby, Mike, Whitemeat, Cynthia, and Riki (with her bf Solomon). (If I've forgotten anyone, I'm sorry...) We played a round of Loaded Questions (a very fun game, although I think we should probably stick to a maximum of 8 players or so from now on...), and then just generally hung out for a little while. I had a great time, spending time with my friends, and it definitely dragged me out of the birthday funk I had put myself into. Thank you again to everyone who was there (and thanks to those who couldn't make it but have sent birthday wishes in some other form...). Extra thanks to Rich P., aka shironiku, aka Whitemeat, both for organizing the event, and for the kickass boots. I look forward to showing those off next Thursday at Court...