Saturday involved three very different house parties for me. My cousin drove down from LA, we picked up some carnitas (Gabriel's market on University. ¡Bien sabroso!), and headed to my mom's house for my sister's baby shower. I'm going to be an aunt in 5 weeks and I couldn't be more excited about it. I know you all think I'm just a partying boozer, but I've got a giant soft spot for kids, being that my mom has had an inhome day care all my life. It was a great party, not one of those "take a picture of every present" kinda showers. It was co-ed and in total Mexican fashion we had way too much food and way too much beer so my fridge is now full of leftovers of both. Johanna is gonna be one decked out baby...she already got her first Ramones shirt.
After helping my mom clean and whatnot, my cousin Connie and I headed to Sara's new downtown apartment to hang out with she and Stef. It had been a long time since the four of us just hung out, so it was not just fun, but kind of a necessity. We're like the Sex and the City girls when we're together so it was a good time. As it got late, Stef was heading out and dropped me off for my third gathering of the day, the San Diego House Party.
The SD House Party girls know how to throw a party. Personally, I'd be afraid to just open up my house to strangers but hopefully they find it worth their while. The theme was the Circus, so there were lion tamers and bearded ladies, and a lot of leotards (acrobats?) I missed the Swedish Models but did catch Mr. Tube. Mostly it was just about hanging out. That basement is really cool, but for someone like me that is somewhat claustrophobic, it can be extremely scary, too. People smoke inside and all I could think was, "holy shit. this is a death trap." I lasted 3 songs from Mr. Tube than I had to get out while my mind tumbled into as many worst case scenarios as it could. Once I was outside, I was back to good. Since it was a BYOB situation, I was glad to have one of those soft coolers instead of carrying around a 6 pack or a twelver like so many other people were. Best $4 I've spent at Ikea in a long time. It holds 9 cans of beer and I was set for the night for myself and for sharing. Amanda asked me to take pictures of the crowd, but at times it was so crowded, it would've just been a sea of heads, so these were just a few of the pictures I captured.
It was a fun party, but I really wanted to try to catch The North Atlantic at the Ken Club. I called a cab at 12:40 or so and I was extremely pissed that an hour later, my cab had still not arrived. Luckily some people were getting dropped off at the party, so I jumped in their cab and he took me home. It's been a long time since I've taken a cab, but there's such little incentive to do so when the dispatchers are such asses, the drivers hit on their passengers, and a 10 minute ride costs $30.
I obviously completely missed last call at the Ken Club...there wasn't a car in sight, so it was just home and some late night tv watching for me. I heard that people were at the party pretty late and I might've just stayed had I known yellow cab was gonna suck so bad. Either way, it was an excellent day, so other than that little blip, I can't complain.