July 10, 2006

Adult evening!

There was a dinner party at Dan/Meggie/Dominic's Saturday night. Dawn and Helen cooked; the party had been advertised to me thusly: "Come to Dan and Meggie's tonight! Dawn and Helen are cooking!" It came out later that both cooks were unaware of each other's plans to cook, but since one made an entree (Dawn, ranch chicken) and one made a salad (Helen, Israeli salad) it worked out just fine. I cannot stress enough what a sensation of completely unearned adulthood the whole night gave me.

Helen, Donald, and I went to Trader Joe's for ingredients; I ended up getting some mangos to make a dessert thing. Then we went to the Trader Joe's wine store, which is both absurdly well-priced and A WINE CULT. Everyone there is a little too friendly and a little too helpful. Anywhere else, pleasant. In Manhattan? Suspicious. Helen and Donald consulted with some woman about what would go well with the entree. I forwent consulting anyone and just got a lot of different stuff, because of course one is going to match. This is known as "Shotgun Wine-Matching." I invented it because I like red wine and gun metaphors.

I didn't make dessert, I had the idea for dessert (mango slices with lime juice, salt, and chili powder, Chelsea introduced me to it via this street vendor in Union Square). Helen did all the actual work, since I was ignorant both of how to tell if a mango is ripe and how to peel it. I probably could've cut them up, but there are some things the let the kid do so he learns, and some things you just do yourself because that way it will get done faster, and well. Chopping mangos belonged in the second category.

Drinking! Talking! Eating food made by someone sitting nearby whose first and last name you know! I felt so mature. Not once did I drink beer out of a non-traditional container, or draw attention to a fart. Combine the affinity for wine and banter with my love of Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, and Stan Getz, and I'm essentially my dad.

Probably the least mature part of the evening involved Steve and I turning our nerdy firehose of enthusiasm for "Sandman" on Helen; presumably adults don't browbeat their close friends into submission on the subject of comic books and how great they are.

But other than that, a classy evening for classy people.




Also: Through tracking who's linking to and watching Bro Rape, I discovered probably the greatest site on this internet or any other: Busses And Babes. Old hippie-style busses. Friendly, fully-clothed women. I can't figure out what the audience for this is, but apparently that audience also likes comedy videos. Rock.

Posted by DC at July 10, 2006 06:11 PM
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