At 5 AM on New Years Day there were ten people on the dance floor at Tupelo (at Twin Oaks). All ten were Acorn identified. While there is nothing intrinsically special about the people who close the party, i was still honored to be with this hardy crew.
Tonight at midnight we found out there were over two hundred seed orders being processed, and there is another 200 which will not get printed until tomorrow morning. It was nearly Tony’s last day and we were having a goodbye party for him, which also went quite late. And several of us already suspected the busy season was in full swing, going to the party holding back some energy for work later.
At around 2 AM we went from the party to the new picking office in the new seed building, which is so much nicer than the space we were working in last year. It is a bit hard to describe. Five otherwise reasonable folks started picking orders at 2 AM. It took us about an hour and a half to clear out almost all of the first 200 plus.
And as the crowd dispersed amongst some mutterings of praise, everyone felt like they were part of a slightly extraordinary group.
[Edited by Judy Youngquest]
We landed on the night of Dec 26th and i jumped into organizing the party 5 days later in a big way. One the things the other organizers (Lyndsey and Carly) asked me to seek was content and activities for the event, since they were focusing on food and decorations. One of the thing i got was a film showing by a friend who was in the area working on the Within Reach release and was going to be in the area for the holiday.
If you had asked me that morning to think hard about the least likely problem i would have had that day, had a thought a lot about it, i might have said “That i will get into an intellectual property dispute about showing a movie on campus.” And so it came to pass that for a couple of hours (until some names got straightened out) this was exactly what was happening.
We successfully deployed the moon bounce and filled the ball pit. I asked some non-native English speakers to fill the hot tub and they did not read the warming signs on the facet that lead from the furnaces circulating fluid, which is toxic. So in spite rescuing the hot tub at the last minute, this mysterious toxic water made it unusable for the night.
And instead of getting frustrated about it, i did a reasonable job of being detached about it and letting it go.
The overall grade for the event was an A- – lives were definitely changed. More on this in future posts.
“i want to give an earmarked gift to Twin Oaks” said a generous ex-member.
“We are always open to presents, what did you have in mind?” i excitedly asked
“a moonbounce for the New Years Eve party”
“Fantastic, i love the idea, but there is some chance the community will not love the idea, can we get something else if that is the case?”
“Nope. Moonbounce or nothing.”
“Okay, my job is clear.”
First Zoe (Feonix’s sister) and i had to go make sure that there even was space for this 20′ x 20′ installation. Fortunately, there is one spot which is the Tupelo parking spot. The next problem is who agrees that this is okay? it is high impact for a short time – so i walk thru Tupelo and they are universally enthusiastic (tho some more than others certainly) about the idea. The other organizers for the event Sabine, Carley and Lyndsey were happy to have more kid friendly activities. The moonbounce will be near one of these cool hexagonal picnic tables and beside it an outdoor hot tub.
Here is the schedule:
- 5 to 7 PM – All ages
- 7 to 9 PM – kids only
- 9 to 12:30 AM all ages
- 12:30 to 2 AM adults only
- 2 to ? lingerie and PJs party
At 2 Am we throw blankets and pillows on the moonbounce surface. We give out PJs and lingerie to people who change into them and jump in.
This is funological heavy equipment.