Friday night, I hosted the family to celebrate Fall birthdays. I gave my cousin a new board game to in hopes that it’d replace the worst game in the world, Apples to Apples, as a favorite. The next present she opens? The adult version of Apples to Apples!
Saturday night, I hosted a Mac ‘n Cheese Mingler, the biggest one to date, with forty guests. It’s getting very interesting to track how the guests hear about the Minglers:
- Alma mater connection (Boston College)
- Time Out Magazine
- High school connection (Evanston Township High School)
- Pecha Kucha Night
- Improv Olympic
- Volunteer connection (Chicago Cares)
- Film-peer connection (Kartemquin Films)
- Business Network Chicago
- Chicago Magazine
- Coffeehouse flyer (Sip)
- Bar flyer (Map Room)
- On-line Biking Community (Chainlink)
- and much more!
I don’t usually kick guests out, but when 2AM rolled around, I had to nudge out the stragglers – only five hours until I had to get up for the Urban Assault Ride! UAR is a bike race around Chicago, where participants have to go to various checkpoints, perform wacky stunts like pushing you and your teammate around a parking lot on a skateboard using a plunger. Much more difficult than it sounds.
Hosting is the equivalent to seven drinks. Urban adventure race = five drinks. Sunday afternoon, I made love to my couch and a bag of sweet ‘n spicy Doritos left over from the Mingler, thinking about all the work I had to do but unable to make my brain function.