Some days turn out better than expected, even when you were already expecting a very good time.
And such was my experience at the GayPatriot BBQ this Sunday at reader Leah’s Valley home. Not only did we have a good turnout of readers, but several straight bloggers joined us as well, including Roger Simon and his wife Sheryl Longin (who discovered the real Deep Throat of Watergate), Joe of Valley of the Shadow and Wesley of In My Copious Free Time.
I knew it was destined to be a great party before I even got there. Defying the liberal boycott, I went to Whole Foods to buy cheese and olives. When I asked the adorable man at the cheese counter if they had Humboldt Fog (quite possibly my favorite cheese), he replied that they did–for he had just cut up a wheel and put out the wedges he had wrapped. And then, on my way out, passing the pastry counter, I saw on an adjacent display carousel, boxes of cookies marked, “Pinky the Elephant.” How perfect for a BBQ for blog of gay people sympathetic with the GOP.
At at the BBQ, a good time was had by all. The food was delicious, especially the chicken and a homemade cheesecake. And it was so nice to have a conversation without having to defend ourselves against charges of self-hatred. And the topic varied widely from considerations of Anthony Perkins to discussions on the prospects of the health care overhaul passing and Ma’am Boxer winning reelection. At its peak, we may have had 25 people, with guests ranging in age from 20 to 65.
We stayed well into the night; I didn’t realize it was long past 10 when I left.