The only thing more depressing than the staged intimacy and expected fun of a bachelor party is its modern day little friend, the bachelorette party. I have managed to avoid these gatherings and before my own wedding went to see The Prince of Tides, not something I recommend either. But like all bad things, I did get roped into one of them in the late eighties when women's liberation had taken a dark turn from Andrea Dworkin's grim pronouncement about having relations with your oppressor, ie, All sex is rape, to the freedom to enjoy pleasures your male cohorts did such as strippers and cocaine. Also, you could now wear suits with huge shoulderpads as a way of making your waist smaller. (Did anyone ever think this worked?) But I digress. The bachelorette party had the de riguer party favors, penis-shaped erasers and whatnot, and was held in an apartment decorated with neon beer signs and littered with cigarette butts. Martha Stewart Living it was not.
The party's big feature was a stripper who came to the door, dressed like an extra from Midnight Cowboy. He did the standard handcuffs, you've been a naughty girl routine for the bride to be who by my calculations was about three months along in her pregnancy. She didn't do the tequila shots that the other bridesmaids offered but instead she nursed a few Lone Stars, proclaiming that one last night of partying wouldn't hurt. Midnight Cowboy didn't hang around long, but did ask if he could use the phone so he could call his boyfriend to tell him he'd be late getting home. I didn't know anybody at the party except the friend I'd come with, a friend of the bride from high school. "That could have been worse," she said when we left as a consolation, sometimes the only one there is.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone." St. Francis of AssisiCocktail Hour
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Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Sunday! I'll be posting pictures from the Chant show later tonight.