It started as a joke (like many traditions, I would think.) As an homage to its joke-y beginnings, every third year or so, it consists of meeting up at a bowling alley. (And I'm a crappy bowler!) Now, it's an opportunity to see (nearly) everyone I know (locally), meet some new people, and watch worlds collide. It's interesting to see which coworkers get along with which friends, see what they vibe about, etc.
Yes, tonight is my birthday par-tay! This year's theme is "My Super Sweet Sixteen - Times Two!" (WTF am I talking about? This year's theme? This is the first year WITH a theme!) As usual, I'm having a little war with myself: I'm starting to get anxious - I want everyone to have a good time, at the same time I think that things will take care of themselves.
I love having one thing I do every year. Pre-lawschool, I used to have a wine-tasting party (and when I feel more settled, I would like to start that up again.) Every year I send out an eVite, and I always try to invite everyone. (This year, I'm feeling a little bad because I forgot my dentist - next year!) It's a weird little check on the drama level in my life: is there anyone I do not want there? Someone I'd rather not see? I'm pleased to say that this year, no one fits that bill. Actually, it's always like that - every year, I invite every (local) person I've ever dated (even the fiascos upon which TBF wants me to base my tragicomic novel), every former coworker in my age range, etc. This is not because I am so great that I rise about the petty grievances -it's because I would really like to see all of them. And, it's guaranteed small doses: while I would not necessarily want to stay up all night chatting with everyone I invite, I would like to catch up with them, find out what is new in their world.
I'm excited, and it's time for me to try and "get into character" with the whole D*I*V*A! thing. Wish me luck :)