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P. Piggly Hogswine

This weekend, I headed back to my beloved Chicago for rum_holiday's smörgåsbord. Andrea and her husband Doug have been throwing this party near the holidays for six years now, and it's always an amazing time; and since I've been alternately stressed out, burnt out and bummed out for the last couple of months, I figured I could use a trip, even a two-day one.

The flight up was remarkable for American Airlines, with whom I've always had bad luck: we arrived early, had no weather problems or turbulence, and the flight was only about half-full so I had a whole aisle to myself. Friday and early Saturday, I helped do some prep work for the smörg while Doug & Andrea did the heavy lifting, and despite the huge amount of effort that goes into the party, it actually went off quite well, and thanks to Andrea's rigorous color-coded schedule, everything was ready by the time people started to arrive.

I drank a tremendous amount of liquor, which is really nothing new, and the food was outstanding (I swear, that vodka-marinated sirloin went down my vodka-marinated gullet like it was manna), but the best thing about it all was getting to see so many of my friends, which is just exactly what I needed. Doug & Andrea were kind enough to put me up for the brief time I was there, and I got to hang out with them a lot, which is fantastic, because I miss them very much. (I also miss Chicago a lot more than I thought -- the minute I got on the ground, the character of the city just returned to me like a thunderbolt, and I almost misted up when I got outside and saw snow and lights everywhere.) But I also got to see the lovely and talented doraphilia and picodulce; I met the vivacious happinesstogo for the first time and the insightful fengi for the second; I spent plenty of time (although much less than I would have liked) with old friends like my wonderful ex-roommate thaitea and my very good friends Lara & Jeff; and lots of other swell people were there, like (Boston) Rob, Jon, Sean & Michelle, Kurt, and thevulgartrade. Most surprisingly of all, (Chicago) Rob Novak, an awesome gent and all-around rock star who I haven't seen in years, came by and I got to hang out with him for a good while. I got presents (from Cori, Lara, Jeff & Tim), I gave presents, I gadded about and behaved oddly, and I just had a hell of a fucking time.

Thanks to my gracious hosts, and to everyone I got to see. The rest of you, I wish you could have been there. I'm back in San Antonio now, which is as tasteful as ever, but my heart's still in Chicago. More later.

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happinesstogo
Dec. 10th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
My American Airlines flight in on Saturday was also early! How strange.
ludickid
Dec. 10th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
I think you just got special treatment because of your awesome shoes.
ortho_bob
Dec. 10th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Talking of tasteful San Antonio.... Crotch on Fire.
ludickid
Dec. 10th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
I've actually seen their name on a couple of playbills. I am utterly unsurprised to learn they are a screamo band.
roninspoon
Dec. 10th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Man, it sounds like American Airlines perfected the time machine, cause I haven't had a flight like that in years.
ludickid
Dec. 10th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hadn't either! It was shocking. After many years of nothing but horrendous luck with AA, I've been riding a hot streak -- even on the way home, the flight was totally full, except for next to me.

So now I'm about due for a fatal crash.
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Leonard Pierce is a freelance writer wandering around Texas with no sleep or sense of direction. If you give him money he will write something for you. If you are nice to him he may come to your house and get drunk.

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