16 May 2006
5 That Party
an ESLA envoy went to That Party this weekend. if you spent any time in college or remotely near a college campus, you know That Party. think 150 people, hipster music, and red plastic cups. sound familiar? in college, i never realized That Party went on outside rural mississippi or that we would be going to That Party for the rest of our lives. evidently, we will- just not in trailers. though it was like all the others, That Party, ver. 5/13/06, might have been a bit of a turning point. for the first time i went into That Party with the awareness that most parties are That Party. the variations are limited, excepting halloween (That Party + costumery), cocktail parties (That Party + wine glasses) and birthday parties (That Party - 135 people + presents). and at long last i have fully embraced the fact that i will spend the entire night talking to one person on a couch covered in afghans. that's just how i party.
this That Party was wall-to-wall 21-year-old art and math majors who had just graduated and spent the night clutching cans of PBR while songs from 2003 played in the background, eliciting the wistful: remember when they played this at prom? as i sat on the couch looking at these effeminately beautiful boys, with their identical muffin-top hairdos and brandon boyd earrings, i couldn't help but wonder: are we getting a little old for That Party? after all, they didn't play electric six at my high school prom. but then the after-That Party comes along to redeem any of That Party's shortcomings. the highlight of this evening, the crucial difference between this That Party and the 12,004 others, was that at 2 a.m., we- who had to pee very badly- waited half an hour for a train on the wrong platform only to find ourselves running- one of us drunk and shouting into a cell phone, the other bogged down by a leopard print coat and caffinated to the brink- in heels to catch a subway car full of sleeping homeless people going in a direction we weren't entirely sure was the right one. we sang the books of the bible all the way home.