January 2nd, 2003

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The Annual Party

[Written last night, but only uploaded just now due to an LJ issue I didn't figure out until Shannon said he hadn't seen this entry.]

My two important yearly landmark events:
  • January 1: The new year's day open house party at Deb/Alan/Fred's house
  • May 1: May Day (Morris dancers dance up the sun at Inspiration Point)

So, today (well, the 1st ... it's after midnight now, so I should say "yesterday" ... but it still feels like "today" ... so bite me) was one of my two important days of the year, one of my most anticipated days of each year: The Big Annual Party. Deb, Alan, and Fred are three members of my chosen family, three of my closest of close friends. I lived with them for several months in 2001 when Shannon and I were split up.

Anyway, Deb has been throwing a new year's day open house party for about 20 years, I guess. I'm not sure for how long, but it's been a longstanding tradition, since before she and Alan were even together, and since long before Fred shared their house. I've been attending for ... uh ... something like 7 or 8 years, I guess. Over the course of those years, I've become close to quite a few people in this diverse community of folks, and so it's wonderful to see everyone.

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Well, there's more to write, but Shannon is waiting for me to come to bed, so I'd better go. I just wanted to write some of this down before it fades in my mind. I'm glad I went to the party, and I seemed to tolerate the crowd quite well, though I was only there for 3 hours. I talked to many people, and then came home absolutely exhausted and fell asleep on the couch for most of the evening. I imagine I'll sleep a lot tomorrow, as well. It was fun, but a lot more social interaction than I'm accustomed to lately!