A true american party

Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
Trip End Aug 08, 2005

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

For three months now Molly and I have been conditioned to drink like a Kiwi. We've been exposed to a hardman's shot, drinking during the Police's Roxanne, a red card night, and drinking from teapots. We've been toasted with classy phrases like, "Lie, cheat and steal: lie to save a friend, cheat death and steal the heart of the one you love," and are sick of the pick up line, "so where are you from?" Here in Queenstown the only activity after 7pm is to tnjoy a happy hour, and frankly we needed a change.

So we did the only appropriate thing. We gathered our American friends and planned a traditional American favorite: a keg party. Mainly because Molly and I decided our house only serves two purposed (1. to keep the rain out and 2. to keep things cold...like a keg) but also to introduce this country to the always entertaining antics of a house party.

Since it is a rate request in Queenstown, we set up Ted and Ian, who work at the town's liquor supplier, Beaver Liquor, to secure us the keg. Mex brought the ping pong balls, Dash made the guacamole, Molly made the vodka bucket, Lindsay made the jello shots (called Vodka jellies in this country), and I knitted red white and blue wristies for the highly talked about American Flip Cup Team.

It took a good part of our day to prepare for the party, with a majority of the time dedicated to finding a tap and a turkey baster, but by 3pm (in accordance with our strict time schedule) us girls were enjoying a kool-aid cocktail (thanks in part to a fantastic pair of cousins who sent us an American favorite, kool-aid). Soon after, our many friends began arriving and upon arrival each guest was made to have a turkey baster full of vodka and sprite from our vodka bucket...a classy and gracefully act, mind you.

The keg was a mighty contraption that we weren't accustomed to and the standard red keg cups were no where to be found. We didn't let that stop us from playing flip cup, which by the way, everyone loved. The boy scouts were out around the motorpark building a teepee, and even they seemed disappointed not to be participating in our flip cup fun but we figured that there wasn't such thing as a drinking patch so we couldn't invite them over.

Of course we had to take a break at 8:30 to watch Lost, but by 9:30 we were back to playing beer pong on the picnic table we "borrowed" from the motorpark. When it became too cold to play outside (or just when my team finally lost) we moved inside to the 2x4 foot glass table we call a coffee table.

The keg was gone around 11 which gave us one solid hour of cheap drinks at Winnies and Buffalo so we headed to town for a bit. And like any night, stopped at the 2-4 for a bite to eat.

It was a relatively early night which was a good thing considering the neighbor woke me up at 7:30 becuase Brian's car was blocking in his supply truck he had to drive to work by 8am. Brian, however, wasn't at our house with keys which left me and John with no other option than to break into the car. We were both armed with coat hangers but after a good ten minutes were unable to break into his car. He grabbed his other roommate and the two of them were able to bounce the car until it moved a good few inches, just enough to manuevere the truck around it. But as this was all happening another neighbor came over to yell about how loud we had been the previous night. He went on about how his daughter kept being woken up but after consulting with Brian, it turns out that this guy was just sleeping in the flatbed of his truck and didn't even own a cabin.

The party was a success, despite the early morning antics the following day. Cathryn was enthralled with flip cup and promised to take it back to England with her, while the Vodka bucket impressed everyone. And while this was the first and probably last party we will have, we were glad we had it and so was everyone else.
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