Last Saturday night, I saw one of the most creative ideas I’ve ever seen in cyberspace and I can’t resist talking about it. Fellow blogger Robin Coyle hosted a virtual cocktail party, which I’ve never experienced before last weekend. We had a blast. There were drinks (burp!) and delicious nibbles (yum!), and somebody even kidnapped a lightshade. As the night progressed, some plastic pink flamingos ended up in Robin’s virtual pool and the more exuberant partygoers graduated to dancing on tabletops. (Okay, okay, people, I’m quoting from Katy Perry’s song “Last Friday Night.”) Led Zeppelin, Mick Jagger, Elton John and James Taylor gave impromptu musical performances.
I suspect I saw a monkey swinging from a chandelier. That might have been an hallucination caused by a few too many chocolate truffles, however.
After midnight, things wore down a bit and some overindulgent bloggers had to be helped back to their own blogs, which was a challenge considering that they came from different time zones. Thanks for a fantastic night, Robin!
Robin is still in recovery mode — she cleaned bean dip out of the potted plants and guacamole off her laptop keyboard. Plus, Daniel Craig, Richard Gere and George Clooney (what, no Richard Armitage??!!!) partied with the rest of us. She swooned. I gawked.
All kidding aside, though, I enjoyed her ingenuity and roared with laughter after reading the other bloggers’ hilarious responses and witty comebacks to Robin’s comments. Each partygoer contributed four pieces of information: favorite libation, favorite recipe for munchies (Foodies, take note: Robin published these recipes today after we e-mailed them to her, so you can be well-prepared for your holiday celebrations), favorite music for a party and a favorite literary quote. My choices: Diet Pepsi, tangy meatballs (the recipe has only three ingredients and one crockpot), Zydeco/Cajun or salsa music, and a quote by Mark Twain.
In her response to my comment, Robin suggested that since I like Zydeco, I should look into the work of an artist called Zachary Richard, so I learned something new, too. (Note to Robin: He’s good. And the 1973 version of him looks like actor Greg Wise. See the Emma Thompson version of Sense and Sensibility.)
Blogging definitely brings people together. It happens when we interact with other bloggers, trading comments back and forth, or when we follow somebody because we like what they say or how they say it. I think blogging also makes us better writers — Robin talks quite a bit about strong versus weak words and I’ve learned a lot just by reading her blog posts.
But Robin’s party showed me a new way for bloggers to interact and drat, I wish I’d thought of it first. I hope she hosts another one soon.
And now I’m off to Madame Weebles’ blog. I hear there’s a tea party going on. I’m a little late, but hopefully she won’t mind.