Thursday, November 04, 2010


This past weekend, I got a very small taste of what it must be like to be in the popular clique, to be in with the in crowd, to be too sexy for my shirt, to be down with OPP...

In other words, I totally glommed onto my friends' coolness in a watching-from-the-sidelines-kinda-way. (It's exactly like "dating up" but with friends. And without the romance. That may be the worst analogy I've ever used.)

On Friday night, my friend John Marshall was in DC from NYC to perform at a comedy showcase in Adams Morgan organized and emceed by the hilarious and very good-looking (I'm not just saying that because he handed me a beer from the stage halfway through the show, though that did have something to do with it) Jeff Kreisler, which featured about 10 other comedians including Lizz Winstead (co-creator of a little program called The Daily Show). This event was at a very small and funky arts space. I know John because he is married to Meredith, who has been one of my best friends since we met when our then-boyfriends lived together in a row house in DC in a section of the city where hookers were regularly arrested in their front yard and homeless squatters used their basement as a porta-potty. They also lived with a drug dealer named Winky. But that is a story for another day.

After getting home at 2:00am, I was up at the butt crack of dawn to get ready to go to the Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall. Prior to the Rally, I met up with friends at a bar in the District to celebrate my friend, Amy's, birthday. Because nothing says, "I'm celebrating sanity" more than a couple of beers at 10:30am.

God Bless America.

(I have no idea who American-flag-thong-guy is. No matter how many times my husband asks me.)

After several hours spent in the gorgeous weather and enjoying the creative signs of rally-goers (and hearing absolutely nothing), I decided to further restore sanity by dressing like a cartoon character and heading to our friends' party. Everyone at the party really put effort into their costumes (with the exception of one woman who said that she wanted to go as "tic tac toe" and tape a container of Tic Tacs to the toe of her shoe, but sadly "ran out of time" and thus, had no costume). Ponder that for a moment.

As we were driving to the party, our friend, Rob, called. Rob is an actor/musician who lives in NYC who was in the DC area to play a gig for which he had been flown in, and was calling to invite us to it. He was very excited about the party and was telling us how big it was going to be (that's what she said) and that it was going to have great food and an open bar and the live band (obviously). As soon as he described where it was, I grabbed the phone from Tim and said to Rob, "Oh my God. I know the person throwing that party." Because I do. She is the woman who owns the company I work for who was throwing a huge bash to raise money for charity.

From what I hear, he blows a mean horn and was the hit of the party. Which means that I shamelessly informed everyone I work with on Monday that we are friends. (And that we found a lace thong in our guest bed one time after he and his girlfriend spent the weekend with us.)

Also a story for another day,


dori said...

hahahaaaa! I'm am thrilled to report I know some of these characters through you, so I'm cool-from-the-sidelines-once-removed! I'VE ARRIVED!

Brutalism said...

Dori - In my opinion, it's kinda like business school. (Be prepared for another horrible analogy...) I always said the best thing I learned in business school was how to surround myself with smart people. And now, in life, I surround myself with interesting people. It distracts from what little I have to offer. It's genius, really.

Sarah said...

Is that a gang sign you're making, or do you have a palsy of some kind? (I'm really sorry if you have a palsy)

SloanGroup said...

The dude in the bandanna looks like that fisherman from last month...perhaps he is stalking you?

kath said...

I heart "tic tac toe" lady. I would say more, but you are so almost-famous I am now intimidated.

Brutalism said...

Sarah - It's a gang sign for my gang. The Palsies.

SloanGroup - I didn't even think about that, but now that you mention it...he is showing up in some weird places. (He was in my driveway this morning, f'rinstance.) I thought it was merely coincidence.

Kath - Tic tac toe lady rocked. And you should be intimidated.

VEG said...

Dude. I hope there are many more days. :) Your life gets more interesting by the minute!