Yesterday was amaaaaaaazing.
So, work ends with a half-hour office meeting that, while fairly standard, was still a half hour of pay off the phones.
Anime was full of win, except for technical difficulties preventing Kino. Instead, Ashley was planning for a double bill of Gurren, but when we saw that Ghost Hunter was actually getting interesting, we decided to watch two episodes of that instead, to finish the arc.
Then the group all travel up to Phan Shin for our usual dinner, and something prompts me to tell someone about the time I played Apples to Apples as a drinking game. So it gets sort-of-decided that we're (all 11 of us at the table) heading to the Orphanage to play, and so we go. By way of Iggie's.
And we get there, and play (we lost some of the group on the way, but it's okay) and have fun, but aren't playing as a drinking game since shots of rum really don't work for most people without chaser, and there's none in the apartment.
Now, when we arrived at the apartment, Erick immediately yelled for me to come to his room, and I'm all "I have people with me" and he yells that I have to come there anyway. So I do, and he,Marie, and Jen are sitting on his bed, with a microphone attached to his laptop, recording something or other. Erick makes me say something. I have no idea what to say, say something stupid. Then they want to see who I have over. So I call the group in and all three go HOSHII- SO MANY PEOPLE.
At some point Ari shows back up and I miss it behind me, so I spazz a bit when she comes out from Erick's bedroom. All my guests are LOLing at drunk Erick because he is HYPER.
When the lost people arrive later, there's that mass confusion moment when people are having ideas of where to go and telling them to whoever's nearest, so nobody knows exactly what all the choices we're trying to decide between are.
Eventually, the tired/working-in-the-morning people head out to catch the last bus (meaning we're nearing 2:30 AM here), and the rest of us head to Kroger so I can buy stuff for other people and pick up some cola for my rum. This one guy whose name I cannot remember because I heard it not very much at all gets Sunny D just to have Sunny D. We don't know why.
As I unload my bag-'o-alcohol at the self-checkout, the night-shift guy (whose name I really need to learn - I see him all the time) just kinda nods and asks "Stocking up?" I just kinda laugh back, and when I scan the first bit, it of course asks me to show my ID, so I turn to walk over to him. "Nah, gotcha already."
Which is kind of weird, because I haven't really bought many drinks at Kroger over the summer, and usually, I do while the curly-haired girl is manning the self-checkouts. And I definitely do not look old enough to not be carded. I still get carded for cigs sometimes, and I only have to look eighteen for those.
Anyway, we get back, but a couple of the group lagged because one had a hurt leg, and there's some drama as she thinks we ditched her when it was more that we'd forgotten she wasn't right behind us. The Sunny D is with us, even though Sunny D guy was with the lagger.
So, we start drinking, decide to play Brawl. It's working out. I make raspberry rum and cola for a couple people who want to try it. They like. This reminds this one guy that he wanted to try the Sunny D with the raspberry rum because it would either be amazing or total shit.
IT IS AMAZING. I'M SORRY ASHLEY, THERE IS A NEW NECTAR OF THE GODS.
So we pass it around, so that everyone can try. It tastes familiar on top of the DELICIOUS and nobody can figure it out until Warren goes last and goes for "popsicles? No... PUSH POPS"
Everyone cheers massively, for he is right, and I barely hear the knock on the door.
It's a cop.
I shush everyone (quickly, since they see I'm about to open the door), and open the door.
"So, what are you guys doing?"
"Playing smash brawl."
The cop looks in, can see gamer-looking-types and controllers with cords stretching from couch to tv. "Good way to pass the time. Just keep it down, okay?"
Cop notices an empty bottle of club soda on the floor (It's been waiting to be recycled for bout two weeks at this point, but he doesn't know that.) "Just take it easy on the caffeine."
"You have a good night."
"You too." I close the door.
We brawl a bit more, drinks run out, it's getting late and most people want to go home, though the Orphanage is always open for guests to crash, so everyone heads out. Jen has been passed out in Erick's room since not long after we got back from Kroger (She didn't go with: Erick-Marie-Jen-Ari was a separate set from the rest of us until Ari joined later on), and Ari stays 'cause we've been chatting.
I turn on the oven for some fries, share some drama with Ari that I might not have shared totally sober (it's nothing I was told in confidence or that was based on supposition or anything, mind, just I usually suppress my more gossipy urges, I guess), and we have a nice discussion before she goes to bed on the couch and I head back to my room and, as I finish the fries, figure out what has been making my computer suck lately and fix it.
Oh, and over lunch I stopped at Kofenya and discovered what may be the most amazing fall drink ever. They call it A Walk in the Woods; it's a chai latte with a shot of espresso and Kahlua syrup and it is DELICIOUS.
To summarize: Discover awesome coffee/tea drink, get a half hour's pay for nothing, normal-but-still-epic anime club funtiems, SPONTANEOUS PARTY COMPLETE WITH COPS, fixed computer. Nice.
And these past couple weeks, The Orphanage has finally started becoming the place to hang out I'd hoped it would be from the start of the year. I've had people over as many nighs as not, so that's cool.