A Delightful Evening Of Fun With Our Friends 12/10/2011
We were invited to a get together at the home of Ed and Kathy Roberts and it was a FANTASTIC evening of laughs, giggles, and sharing.
Friendship is special
Thank you Ed and Kathy for the invite and chance to visit with friends
A Party Collage Reveals What Happened....
Let The Cavorting Begin
Ed got a new "toy" from Costco.... A vertical flame thrower and jerky maker!
Santa's little Elf showed up and wanted wine
The head bartender was emptying wine bottles all night... He showed us his Plumaria in the background
Did You Know? - Plumeria is related to the Oleander, Nerium oleander, and both possess a irritating, milky sap, rather similar to that of Euphorbia. Contact with the sap may irritate eyes and skin. Each of the separate species of Plumeria bears differently shaped alternate leaves, with distinct form and growth habits.
Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, and simply dupe their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.
We Head Inside For Soup And Sandwiches... And A Lot Of Giggling
A table fit for a king...
Jan, Vicky, Del, Donna and Bob grace the right hand side
Lee and Marcia
Ed is in the corner still pouring wine....
Brian let us know that they are applying for citizenship in the US! Yeah!!
The toasting begins
Oops... Not that kind!
Did You Know? - A toast is a ritual in which a drink is taken as an expression of honor or goodwill. The term may be applied to the person or thing so honored, the drink taken, or the verbal expression accompanying the drink. Thus, a person could be "the toast of the evening," for whom someone "proposes a toast" to congratulate and for whom a third person "toasts" in agreement. The ritual forms the basis of the literary and performance genre, of which Mark Twain's "To the Babies" is a well-known example.
The toast as described here is rooted in Western culture, but certain cultures outside that sphere have their own traditions in which consuming a drink is connected with ideas of celebration and honor. While the physical and verbal ritual of the toast may be elaborate and formal, merely raising one's glass towards someone or something and then drinking is essentially a toast as well, the message being one of goodwill towards the person or thing indicated.
Hip, hip, hurrah! Kunstnerfest på Skagen by Peder Severin Krøyer (1851–1909)
The klinks continue
Herbie is a Candy Cane Assistant at the local hospital
Did You Know? - Hospital volunteers work without regular pay in a variety of health care settings, usually under the supervision of a nurse. Most hospitals train and supervise volunteers through a specialized non-profit organization called an auxiliary. The director of the auxiliary is usually a paid employee of the hospital.
A hospital volunteer is sometimes nicknamed a candy striper. This name is derived from the red-and-white striped jumpers that female volunteers traditionally wore in the United States, which resembled stick candy. The name and uniform are used less frequently now.
CAUGHT... We all knew Lee was a closet wino!
We are taking up a collection for Herb so be can buy a razor
In a few months we won't be able to recognize Herb
....and at the kids table we have....
Paul has the giggles
The Zaitz look to the "kids table" see what all the commotion is about...
Devious minds at work
The face is beginning to form....
Did You Know? - Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska, United States. All of his experiments took place in his mother's kitchen. Its predecessor was a liquid concentrate called Fruit Smack. To reduce shipping costs, in 1927, Perkins discovered a way to remove the liquid from Fruit Smack, leaving only a powder.
This powder was named Kool-Aid. Perkins moved his production to Chicago in 1931 and Kool-Aid was sold to General Foods in 1953.
Hastings still celebrates a yearly summer festival called Kool-Aid Days on the second weekend in August, in honor of their city's claim to fame. Kool-Aid is known as Nebraska's official soft drink.
Thank you Mr. Candle
Did You Know? - Kool-Aid Man, an anthropomorphic frosty pitcher filled with Kool-Aid, is the mascot of Kool-Aid. The character was introduced shortly after General Foods acquired the brand in the 1960s. In TV and print ads, Kool-Aid Man was known for randomly bursting through walls of children's homes and proceeding to make a batch of Kool-Aid for them. His catch phrase is "Oh, yeah!"
Starting in 2011, Kraft began allocating the majority of the Kool-Aid marketing budget towards Latinos. According to the brand, almost 20 percent of Kool-Aid drinkers are Hispanic, and slightly more than 20 percent are African-American.
Perfect... Mr. Cool-Aid Man has arrived
Enjoying This Wonderful Evening Are.....
Herbie and Irene! Ah.... Love is in bloom
Donna and Bob
Romance definitely in the air
Vicky: "Pssssst.... Del.... Psssst...."
Del: "Do you have a leak???"
Vicky and Del
This one goes in the album
Brian and Jan
Magnificent work of art....
Romance definitely absolutely be in the air... maybe in the wine also?
Leon and Marcia
Sue and Paul
Paul is so old the picture came out in Technicolor
Teasing Must Continue
Paul gets a fashion tip from Brian about how to properly wear a scarf
So Brian, how do you tie it like that???
"Paul... It's called the hanger!"
How am I doing??? Don't say "A little tighter please!"
OK, We Have To Pay For Dinner (We Thought It Was Free!)
Did You Know? - LCR, or Left Center Right is a dice game for three or more players, published by George & Company LLC in 1992. It is entirely a game of chance. The players make no decisions of any kind, even as to wagering.
Each player receives three chips. Players take it in turn to roll the six-sided dice, each of which is marked with "L", "C", "R" on one side, and a single dot on the three remaining sides. For each "L" or "R" thrown, the player must pass one chip to the player to his left or right, respectively. A "C" indicates a chip to the center (pot). A dot has no effect.
If a player has fewer than three chips left (including zero) he is still in the game but his number of chips is the number of dice he rolls on his turn, rather than rolling all three. The winner is the last player with chips left. He does not roll the dice, and wins the center pot.
LCR can also be played as a gambling game by substituting money for chips.
When it's down to two players and an "L" and "R" is rolled you still pass one coin or chip to the left and the right, meaning the other player would get both coins or chips.
So... We all start out with $3.00
Kathy explains the game
Confusion sets in
Herbie tries to open the dice container... With a butter knife
No Brian gives it a go
It's getting worse... It takes two to open a little plastic container?
Paul asked where the kitty was
The dice kit is now opened
"See Kathy... We got it opened"
Kathy splains the secret and magical codes on the dice
Did You Know? (Irene is excepted) - A die (plural dice, from Old French dé, from Latin datum "something which is given or played") is a small throwable object with multiple resting positions, used for generating random numbers. This makes dice suitable as gambling devices for games like craps, or for use in non-gambling tabletop games.
A traditional die is an often rounded cube, with each of its six faces showing a different number from 1-6. The design as a whole is aimed at the die providing a randomly determined integer from one to six, each of those values being equally likely.
More splaining underway
"I got it!"
"Now let me get this straight"
Herbie remembers when dice were invented
Did You Know? - Dice have been used throughout Asia since before recorded history; the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City, an archeological site in south-eastern Iran. Other excavations from ancient tombs in the Indus Valley civilization indicate a South Asian origin.
Everyone jumps up to see how the die landed
Donna is eyeing Bob's stash....
There is a lot of eyeing going on here
Paul's professional dice rolling position
Leon is deeply saddened by the loss of his friend George to Irene
Brian is attempting to count in metric
Donna rolls... Everyone is holding their breath....
Herbie is down to two dollars
Irene is busted... flat broke... destitute....
Paul counts all his winnings....
Oh oh... One dollar left... no, right... no center... no, keep
All eyes are on Ed
Ed cleans up.... Dinner is now paid for.... Life is good
Leon is doing his favorite move.... Dollar confetti
Now Lee is tickled
We laughed so hard we hurt
"All gone... the money and the wine...."
Friendships are special
The smiles tell all...
Brain says "I am still on UK time"... After three weeks???
Hoodie is up means we are leaving... What a wonderful evening!!
Ah... Brian is vertical... This is a good thing
Wrapping up a super evening
To Our Wonderful Hosts....