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Felicity's Birthday Party
Saturday 9 September 2006

For Felicity's 24th birthday she wanted an Alice in Wonderland-themed "Mad Tea Party," complete with costumes. While there was a distinct scarcity of tea, nearly everyone wore some sort of outfit befitting their chosen character from the story.

We met up at Fujiyama for dinner before relocating to Jeff's house for the party proper.

Attendees: Felicity Powers, Jeff Osthimer, Josh Gulch, Devin Collins, Katie Mihaly, Zach McNaughton, Phil Dake, Sean Murray, Charles Meyer, Katy Murray, Art, Nina, Eric, and Arik.


Dry ice and sushi go hand in hand Jeff and Charles exchange what is probably dry ice at Fujiyama.

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His dry ice hookah has already gone to his head Jeff in his Caterpillar costume while waiting patiently for his food.

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He also handles his camera as if it were a fruit pie Sean wields his camera like a man who hasn't eaten in a month handles a creamsickle. With great importance yet a tender caution for its fragile body.

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As they consume consume consume With the exception of Charles and Josh, this is everybody who went to dinner in one frame.

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Maybe there's just a ton of important things to gesticulate about Nina is one of those people who is constantly gesturing with her hands it seems.

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Jeff likes the way that Phil tastes Time for the obligatory group shot of everybody who wore a costume!

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You can never have too many group shots, really And again!

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And her earring too I'm willing to bet that deep down Felicity hates me for taking this picture of her.

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Phil is currently surprised about the flow of water through the Kür River in Azerbaijan, which is a fairly amazing subject It is a well known fact that Phil lives his life in a constant state of total surprise. Sometimes he just hides it.

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He's also a pro at hatmaking It is also a well known fact that nobody can draw a beard on themselves quite like Sean can. A Sharpie is the only tonic he'll ever need.

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Somehow Phil's body was never found Somehow Felicity got a hold of Phil's hat.
Somehow Phil was suspiciously missing.

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There is a tiny rave going on inside his face Jeff bought these glow sticks and we spent far too long trying to take pictures of them in Charles' mouth.

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She presents a false image to the inquiring public She smiles, but all Felicity really wants is to get on with opening her presents.

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Though I think he was actually taking video here Sean is an explorer of the world in which we live, taking photos of every object his eyes fall upon.

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Where they dang well belong More glow stick fun, shoved up Phil's nose.

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Nothing wrong with this Josh attempts to do the same.

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I guess she got twisty straws too?  I missed that Charles and Katy got Felicity some Magic cards, though there were some repeats.

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I sometimes call it the Phil Victory Pose but that's only appropriate in terms of the crossdressing picture if you know what I mean Phil demonstrates to us his classic pose, which you may remember from this disturbing sight.

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How could you be unhappy in a suit like that? Jeff should really take to wearing this on a daily basis. It would make the world an infinitely better place.

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Now you know what to prepare for There are some who say that this is the last image your brain forms just before you die.

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"OOOOOH, THAT'S NOT RIGHT" This is Phil's "OH" face.

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He was not wearing a cardboard belt Art showed up dressed as the Mad Hatter, complete with a paper tie and hat.

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Phil's tartar has a half life of two years Phil shows the world why it's good to swish with Listerine every now and again.

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It's got this hip hop flair or something I suppose Jeff stole the glow pendant from Felicity in order to trick out his already bizarre wardrobe.

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No, not that present Felicity prepares to sample her present from Jeff.

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VIDEO FILE - Click to view He got her some sort of really potent, gothy, absinthey drink. This is her reaction to trying it for the first time.

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VIDEO FILE - Click to view Dear god this is one of the more disturbing videos you'll see this year.

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But we won't hold it against her Felicity wearing an absurdly ridiculous hat.

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Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that, mind you Well, it was bound to happen: Jeff and Charles wound up together. Can't we go one evening without this sort of thing happening?

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Charles promises to feed Jeff and clean up after him but we know that's not going to happen and that I'm the one who will be doing it Though they are a little adorable together in much the way that a child carries a kitten to her house despite the kitten's protests.

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He was also the only rabbit that night Josh was the slickest rabbit that night.

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That's not sick it's just the truth Phil got down into the fire pit to prepare it for a bonfire. We were all secretly hoping that he wouldn't make it out in time.

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Nylon burns like a mother Please note Phil's stylish tights, which would have been the first to catch fire.

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Katy is also known as Special Project A-25 Charles and Josh left the party for a bit to retrieve Katy who only cared about her cell phone.

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Nobody in Alice in Wonderland wore a lab coat though This photo was to prove to the world that Josh and Katy have met one another, because there is often some doubt.

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He will not wash his hands before he does this either Sean is so bad that he will remove your gall bladder with an ice pick and then beat you to death with it.

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Arrow jumping is a necessary skill for the real world Time for DDR! Katie gets into her arrow jumping.

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As in: how not to fail Jeff and Devin show everybody how this game is really played.

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In the words of Sean, "PARTY'S OVER GET THE #&%@ OUT!" Katie in the hour before the end, having just finished another round of DDR, stands before the embers of her youth and ... ah, screw it. That's all.

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Engaged 10 September 2006 | Updated 11 September 2006