|Sent on:||Friday, February 6, 2009 6:11 PM|
One of the most memorable Valentine's Days I've had occurred years ago, when I was driving by myself at night through the New Mexican desert while listening to a college radio station DJ spin bitter Valentine's Day songs.
It is in that spirit of camaraderie that I cordially invite you to the fourth Black Valentine's Day Cocktail Party, for yet another night of sophisticated debauchery. Come and gaze moodily over the rim of your cocktail glass at your bitter and cynical compatriots, curse your ex or bemoan your absent lover, discuss existential literature, and make snide comments about your happily-coupled (former) friends. And of course, there will be mojitos.
WHAT: Black Valentine's Day Cocktail Party
WHEN: Saturday, February 14, 2009, 8:00pm-???
WHERE: Ted's loft, 1012 Pontiac Trail #10, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, behind the Northside Grill.
PARKING: Please park next door, in the lot by the Northside Grill (see map). Take the sidewalk from there to my apartment.
WHAT TO WEAR: Dressing up is encouraged. Wearing black is certainly appropriate, since it is the uniform of young, moody, angst-ridden sophisticates like us, even when it's not Valentine's Day. Red is allowed *if and only if* it connotes seduction, salsa music, or blood rather than Valentine's Day. Pink is right out. I leave other colors up to your own good judgment. Anyone so brazen and tasteless as to wear hearts or cupids or anything else remotely Valentines-Day-ish will get tossed into the nearest snowbank by a mob of bitter people dressed in black. (At least you had better hope we still have snow on the ground by then -- ice and pavement are a lot harder.)
WHAT TO BRING: Yourself, friends and something to contribute to the party (e.g., liquor, mixers, beer, pop, juice, or snacks, ...). I already have plenty of wine from last time. You are even allowed to bring a date, although it would be considerate to at least *pretend* to glare at each other every once in a while. (Public cuddling, smooching, twee baby talk, and sappily gazing into one another's eyes are strictly verboten. Violators will join the inappropriately-dressed in the snowbank -- see above.)