posted on Dec, 5 2007 @ 06:31 PM
reply to post by benevolent tyrant
I hang on to my own copy of "The day they H-bombed Los Angeles" because it reminds me of the best party I and my friends ever gave. It was December
1, 1983 at my house in Los Angeles County ... we were sitting around talking about whether we should throw a New Year's Eve party. I said that New
Year's Eve parties are always the most pathetic, intensely boring experiences; then my voice trailed off, as I suddenly realized that we were
actually facing the New Year's Eve of ... 1984!!! Egad, the ultimate apocalyptic novel! Excellent. I hollered "I've got it - the perfect New
Year's Eve party theme will be in getting ready for 1984." In short order, we hammered out the invitation, the cover of which read:
........Some say the world will end in fire,
some say in ice.
But everyone agrees the world will end in 1984.
So why not get ready for it with us this New Year's Eve?
Come dressed as your choice of the following: One of the Four Horsemen.....George Orwell...........Big Brother.....or a character of your
Naturally, my copy of "The Day they H-Bombed Los Angeles" was an important prop to leave on the front hall table, next to copies of the "1984 party
rules" we distributed to all guests as they entered. The rules included such items as: Each person will have a XXX-XXX type number to use instead
of a name (on a sticky label that each guest wears)... the first part of the number is for you, the second part is for your family number; then you
can check around at the party to see what "family" you have been assigned to. I forget the other rules, but we did set up the bathroom shower as a
"political prison", complete with dry ice "smoke" to make it look weird.
Oh yeah, we also had a prominently placed video camera running the whole time, to inspire the appropriate amount of paranoia, ha ha.
The party ended up with a vast number of guests. Not only did everyone we invited come, they all brought their friends. We struck a nerve I
So even a bad book like "The day they H-bombed Los Angeles" can have its day.
[edit on 12/5/2007 by Uphill]