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Monday, September 27, 2004

Remember When

I may have mentioned this once before, but since we've been doing the hurricane so much lately, we have been much more acquainted with our neighbors.

A friend of mine from high school, who was probably more of an acquaintance and I have gotten reacquainted and it's been pretty fun. I played monopoly with him and his sister, chilled with his parents and he's been playing games with us and it's fun.

He's always been a friendly, nice, well-meaning guy, but I have this one horrible memory of him, which I revealed to him tonight over sushi.

It was the summer of 1999, I had just completed my freshman year of college, experiencing fun, freedom, and good friends. It was tough coming back home and readjusting myself back to home-life. Anyway, a couple friends had told me this guy was having a party, so I showed up and I remember thinking, "Awesome, now I can have fun and have friends when I'm at home, instead of watching Disney movies with my sisters."

Well, I grabbed a beer. A BEER. Just like everyone else. Just like many 19 year olds have done and will continue to do. A beer...not a shot...not a ket...not a bong...a beer. Suddenly, the host of the party, my neighbor, halts the party and makes an announcement: "Excuse me! Grace Aplenty is drinking a BEER!"

I was mortified beyond belief and that was pretty much the end of hanging out with kids from high school days. It annoyed me because so many people had me pegged the wrong way. I mean, sure I'm a nice girl and I'm polite and sweet and all. But I'm also sort of fun too. I mean, I did win the superlative, along with Al and El's help for "Best Parties". Doesn't that count for something?!

So I reminded the neighbor of this story tonight and we had a nice laugh. He hit it on the head though and said, "Well, I think a lot of people didn't really know you in high school, Grace. And you were a really nice girl...so we all filled in what we didn't know, with what we thought we knew. And plus, we were all in high school and really, really stupid."

Anyways, it was fun to remind him of a truly ridiculous moment and make him squirm.

6 Comments:

Blogger Earnest said...

grace, maybe you werent any "fun" until you met us?? Did you ever go to party and swipe a beer before college? Notice i put fun in quotes..because i know you are fun...the "fun" is to indicate that you were that type of fun....
point of order....now i know yall won the superlative and all...and your parties were better than mine that i will have no quams admitting because (the excuse) well it was tough to throw the perfect party when...well you know what im not going to say it because i think you know what im going to say and in the event someone should read this i dont want any hard feelings...so lets just say your parties were better than mine for whatever reason....where the shit was i????
oooh okay right point of order...seeing as if it hadnt been for me (in law we call "but for" meaning "proximate cause")two of your better parties wouldnt have happened i require mad props and 1/4 of the superlative glory...because i made it happen...i got the job done...when yall were too concerned with sleep and cleanliness i reminded you that in life there are two paths...two roads diverged in a wood if you will allow me to be rather cliche..though that was a direct quote...I RULE...anyways...there are two roads...on on the path of well restedness and cleanliness....the other is the path better traveled...it has better scenery, better times, ups and downs...a memorable road....that's the path of Drunkeness and sleeplessness...and mind you that the paths both lead to the same place...all that matters was did you enjoy your stupid little hike in the woods? and again i think you did quarterly from my nazi-ish nudgeings...you know what Im like Gandalf!...you guys are like my barefoot hobbit friends...

12:55 AM  
Blogger getamac said...

Haha...man that's a good story...I can just see it now, you at the party and then like the music stops and he annouces that. Nice. That's good though that you were able to talk bout the past and get it off your chest.

1:05 AM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

earnest, i believe we won that superlative a week before that particular party...

4:21 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

Ellie is ABSOLUTELY correct! We won that superlative a week before the party you speak of. So just settle down and give it a rest.

We were well on our way Junior year toward winning that superlative and senior year and our awesome local sealed the deal.

It started with Ellie's B-day party, which RULED...though Earnest will say he thought it was wierd, because he's a spring Romer and felt like he was better than Fall Romers at the time...

The next party was November-ish, and was the first Jimmy Buffett Party...so that's credit so far for Ellie and credit for me...

Then we had a monster one for my birthday, which was like a 14 hour long party, where Al kicked out the underclassmen and sweet takled CSO.

We're not even county tennis parties here...

Then senior year, we kicked it all off with the Pink Birthday party for Ellie, where she said, "I don't say bad words"...

Then we had a Jimmy Buffett one in October, in honor of my sister visiting...we played limbo...whoo hooo...

Then there was the Girls' Keg in, which, I'm going to count as the BEST party of them all. That was awesome...

Then there was a suprise birthday party for my college boyfriend...

Then we had a few snow parties...even one or two with hot chocolate instead of alcohol...

Then there was my birthday party where our fridge was ransacked and we ended up throwing rock hard frozen marshmallows at each other...

Then there was the party after the Girl's Progressive, also award winning...I think our "girl" parties were probably the best...

Then there was the party after the superlatives were announced, the night before my mom was to arrive at 7am the next morning...

Then there was the party Earnest speaks of...where he did instigate it the night before graduation...but dude, I don't think that deserves THAT much credit. Once we won that superlative, EVERY party was deemed appropriate for our place...it was like automatic.

Then after graduation, we even had a couple more.

There I rest my case. Al, El and I are the ones responsible for the parties and no one can say anything contrary.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Earnest said...

oh woah...you went waaay too far...you cateloged all of you parties!!??? pathetic!!
im sure i could list every party that ive had but thought it was rather useless!!!
so now lets attack the list itself:
1) 1st junior year party... i only said it was awkward being reunited...the party in and of itself was not awkward...that being said it wasnt THAT great of a party it was just your average party...we've all had plenty of those...
2) i dont recall being invited to either your birthday party or pink party...
3) your tennis parties: were not fun...
4) the october party was a good one...
5) the girls keg was ONLY a good one because us guys got nasty drunk and crashed the progressive and had all of our other guy allies flood the keg party...i seem to recall that the drink of choice that night was red bull and vodka...my heart races just thinking about it...
6) a party with hot choc. intead if alcohol hardly counts...it counts as much as watching mash make out with his russian girlfriend while they uttered russian nonsense at each other...fucking communists!
7)as i recall the party immediatly following the superlative was partly at my hand...because i didnt want to go over to the guys apt since the nast beer on the couch party...there place got so gross...i had to force myself to go...it made me gag..
8) then there was actualy the party i participated, soley, in instigating..which was frankly a pain in the ass...i could even get into that party...however i will say this--after the cops showed up and people left and we relocated the party to "harry markowitz's" now that was a party...i dont remember if you went were there but it was incredible....we threw the TV off the balcony! only after El's former roommate's brother peed off it!
so what can we deduce from all of this...1) your reward was a cortesy....2) you have a distorted view of what makes a great party and what was just a party...
make no mistake, you did have some good parties..even a couple of great ones...
Similarly, I threw sone good parties and a couple of great parties (memory: halloween senior year that i hardly attended, crazy junior year party that led to us being thrown off campus, ...there were others but i dont think that they met the standard of greatness that was elaborated upon herein) and i threw some bad parties...like you tennis parties...except mine were called drama parties (not my doing)..you got the award because someone had too...
hell, harry markowitz and his former roommates used to claim best parties...i think we all know that thats not true...unless you think haveing beer thrown on you is fun..i think to think its just sticky and wet...

okay im watching friends right now...this is the funniest one ever!!! its the one where chandler is going through the breakup depression and the girls take him to the strip club to help him through phase 2 of the brake up!!!

12:27 AM  
Blogger Earnest said...

i love "Friends"!! i think its is the 3rd best show on TV!! after Frasier and then Seinfeld!!

12:28 AM  

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