This is going to be a long one, so brace yourselves...
Damon and HoHo have been trying to swing this whole surprise birthday thing for a while now. So after a deluge of evites, emails, and phone calls, we finally had the story straight. Sara knew that we were going to have a dinner thing for her at BJs, but not as big of one as it was really going to be.
Steph got to our place a little before five. We were waiting for April to get off of work so we could all go to the restaurant together. We got there kind of late (almost six...we were supposed to be there at five) but there were only a few people there when we arrived. Jason, Irv (who called me fobulous), Claudia, Luis, and the manager/my babysitter/Jim. Jason called Damon and HoHo and told them to stall while we waited for more people to arrive. Her USC friends and roommates showed up shortly after we got there so we were able to get seated. Jason called them again to tell them to get over to the restaurant and then sent April and I outside to go wait for them since she was expecting us.
They (Sara, Damon, HoHo and Lynette) came and we told them that we already had a table out on the patio. Damon led her in and yeah, she saw everyone then hid from my camera.
There was already lots of food there since Damon pre-ordered everything. Chips and salsa and pizza. For some reason our end of the table got the vegetarian one? I think the only vegetarian-type person was one of Sara's USC friends who made the trek over first when we had the vegetarian pizza and later when (for some reason) we got the tomato cheese pizza. Right on.
Steph and I were having a blast with our abortion jokes (send hate mail here) and sexy body (and cell) part convos (because corneas and rough endoplasmic reticulums are such turn-ons). Punctuation drama for everyone!
April and I got her the best gift. Sexy good-girl lingerie stuffed in a Hello Kitty purse. She showed everyone the camisole (pink cotton w/ lace) but refused to even take the thong out of the bag. Party pooper ;P
In the meantime, Sara was drinking a raspberry beer (I didn't taste it) and some sort of spiked root beer type thing (which was pretty good). Oh, and there were two big pizookies and a Hello Kitty cake. Made the mistake of letting tipsy birthday girl cut it and she basically massacred it from the neck down. I wanted to scoop out her eyes with a spoon but HoHo and Lynette wouldn't let me.
We left BJs a little before nine and headed over to Spectrum so we could go to D&Bs. Damon and HoHo took care to find a babysitter (someone 25 or older) so Lynette and I could get in too. April, Steph and I took the 405 and parked in the structure. When we walked to D&Bs we found that Claudia was the only one there. Irv and the manager/my babysitter/Jim arrived not too long afterward. Turns out, the manager/my babysitter/Jim followed Irv off the wrong exit. Everyone else arrived much later. Parking was really bad I guess, plus Damon had somehow managed to twist his ankle while we were at the restaurant.
After the manager/my babysitter/Jim got carded, the door guy just let everyone in. It was weird, even though I walked in before the manager/my babysitter/Jim with my ID all out and ready, I didn't get carded. I think it's because I was below his line of vision.
We all headed towards the bathroom and then to the midway (I had never been to Dave and Buster's before) and hung out there for maybe five minutes. Somehow, Luis had already gotten a hold of a bottle of beer. April, Steph and I contemplated getting a card to play games but instead headed over to the bar w/ HoHo.
HoHo and I each had a Midori Sour and April had a Cosmo. We tried the whole cherry stem tying thing again but we ran out of stems. I went to the bar to get more but they all had stubby stems =\. HoHo and April went back to get another drink. HoHo got a Midori Melonball and...I forgot what April's second drink was. Anyone care to refresh my memory?
HoHo disappeared for a while and we hung out at the bar. She reappeared with the birthday girl and Damon in tow so they ordered a round of shots (B-52s at my suggestion) for Sara, HoHo and April and they all had their first shot of the night. After my very messy shot-taking incident in Santa Clara I have new respect for those who can down those suckers, and April took it like a champ. Sara, in the meantime, takes her shots very similarly to the way I take mine. Drink a third and start choking. Drink another third and start coughing. Finally take the rest down and the realize it wasn't so bad. HA.
I think the next round was a round of lemon drops which I offered to buy. I gave Ape a 20 (since I couldn't actually buy it myself...) and she got a round of three lemon drops which they all quickly downed. I think by then they were all feeling it, especially Sara. For the third round they had a Scooby Snack, and when someone asked Sara how it tasted she yelled out enthusiastically "I CAN'T TASTE A FUCKIN' THING!".
Sometime around here I had to take Sara to the restroom which was interesting...she saw a picture of a drink on the wall and said "OOOOHHH THAT LOOKS GOOOD!" and kept repeating "Ice and Spice! Ice and Spice!" so she would remember what it was by the time we got back to the bar.
Sara insisted upon finding some of her other friends on the midway because she "had to make sure they were having fun!" We found Claudia, the manager/my babysitter/Jim, Luis, Irv and his friend Amy who has the same birthday as me which automatically makes her badass. After that we went back to the bar for more drinking. I think around here Jason showed up and so did Lynette, who got a soda (she's only 18). I think somewhere around here Sara insisted on getting her Ice and Spice so Damon went to go get it for her. I'm still not sure whether it had alcohol in it or not because Damon was trying to deter her from drinking any more.
While Sara was away from the table, April was busy looking through the drink menu. She asked HoHo if she wanted to try a White Russian to which Hollie responded "I like Russians!" I think she was really feeling it by then.
Sara was the one who was really drunk though. She hit Jason in the face with her head and walked off as if nothing happened (I don't think she realized what she had done) and spilled HoHo's drink later on in the night.
After April and HoHo finished their drinks, they wanted to have just one more. They all looked at the menu and Sara and April decided to get Peanut Butter Cups and HoHo got a Sexy Alligator which ended up tasting pretty gross. Or at least the top of it tasted gross, which is okay because when Sara spilled it, the entire top layer was gone. HoHo downed the rest of that sucker like a pro.
April had to get to sleep early so we left at around 12. From what I hear it was pretty interesting after we left, the most notable being HoHo calling Irv "Irvsjournal" for the rest of the night. She's great.
And then we went back to the apartment and danced around the living room like idiots.
Just kidding. Maybe.
Anyway, Sara, I hope it was as good for you as it was for me ;) Happy 21st birthday!