So, as it turns out, very few people ended up showing up at all. Like, Iain implied that some 10 or 20 of his friends would show up (half for the movie and half later), and for the movies we had Iain and myself, Zoe and Amy (Zoe and I go way back; even if we’re the only two guys there we’ll have a good time), and Marie for the Specials (she had to go to work after that) and one friend of Iain’s (whose name I didn’t catch) who showed up over an hour after the movie started, but well before the rest of the party was invited to show up. So, that’s something. Except that with weeks of planning and dozens and dozens of invitations going out, I kinda expected a few more heads.
Well, around nine fifteen a few more people did show up, and over the next hour maybe three more, but the first group that showed up was gone before the third of the others showed up. (Did that make sense?) Anyway, many people that showed up left because there wasn’t anyone there, and some seem to have just showed up to make an appearance and get the heck out of dodge (Julie). Iain’s fiancee showed up and actually stayed for quite a while, which was nice, because we like a body count.
After one of the role-playing games that was keeping everyone away ended, Lew, Lisa, Chris, Jen, Shawn, Mo and Claire showed up. Which was cool, because we had an almost party-like atmosphere there for a little while. But, these people hang out together all the time, and the mood of the party was so mellow (and by this time it was around one AM already and people were getting tired) everyone but Lew and Dave (a guy from Rocky that I only invited because he usually brings several people with him; it’s all about having enough people to make mingling possible) went home. We stayed up watching episodes of Invader Zim, but there are only 6 of those, so they were all used up a little while ago, and Lew and Dave left too.
Woody will be awake for a while, so we’re leaving a light on and if anyone comes to the door he’ll let them in and send them back here to knock on my door, but besides Marie possibly showing up after work, I don’t have any faith that that will occur. Even if it does, I’m pretty tired. It was a lot of work cleaning this place up and getting ready for a party, and I don’t think anyone noticed, since they weren’t here when it was bad. I’m in a pretty feeling-sorry-for-myself mood right now. I mean, there were some cool people here tonight, and I had a few good conversations with them, but the party overall was so disappointing. The turnout, so small.
The guy I met a couple weeks ago (who I admit I really don’t want to have much to do with at this point (really, how much of a relationship, even a friendship, can i be expected to have with someone who can’t even have a conversation with me?)) who seemed very excited about coming to the party, at least about seeing me again, didn’t show. I couldn’t get ahold of Jen. One car-load of people from Rocky showed up, three guys and two girls, at least two of the guys gay (dating each other) and the girls looking for guys to ‘hook up’ with. Not finding what they were looking for (a party, or at least some warm bodies), the left within about an hour. This does not a party make, especially considering the considerable expense of time and money that went into putting this all together.
Based on Iain’s estimates for how many of the people that he invited that he expected to show up, plus a little room in case more than expected showed up, accounting for we encouraged people to bring their own food and drinks, we bought more than three times enough to feed the people that showed up. That’s just the barbecue. Chips, Sodas, dips, it all adds up to a lot of food that no one will eat. Sure, we’ll eat a lot of burgers and dogs in the next week or two, but the chips that were opened have already begun to become stale, and there’s no way we’re drinking that much soda. It’s ridiculous, but it was only about 6 bucks for the entire 20 litres we bought. Not to mention the five gallons of Electric Koolaid I mixed up; I don’t want to look to see how much is left.
We’ll have to throw a party to get rid of the stuff that didn’t get gotten rid of at tonight’s party, and we’ll have to throw it fast. I’m going to go to sleep now. I’ve been typing for half an hour or more and no one’s showed up. I assume they’re waiting for me to fall asleep. That’s when the real party starts, right?