People I’d Like to Invite to a Party
After attending the 6th Annual Barworker’s Ball last night, I was thinking about how important the bar industry is in so many of our lives, not to mention how powerful they are. They aid in so many significant life-altering decisions, for the better and worse. And often are snapped at and vomited at. I very much appreciate them and they should have more appreciation parties. Then I got to thinking about the other important people and groups in my life and who else should get thank you parties. Here they are, in no particular order:
Mail People. This can be extended to beyond just the USPS, because you know how rowdy they can get in a room when it is just them. So also FEDEX, UPS, and postal center workers as well. These people are like magic elves delivering happiness in the form of $5 checks from grandmas and electric blankets from Macy’s. I look forward to the mail everyday, especially since now I receive most of bills my online, and it’s less financially threatening. Just mainly postcards from my dentist and unemployment checks. I find the whole mail system fascinating and fun and would be crushed if it was no more.
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Everyday Heroes. Sure, there are amazing people like nurses, doctors, teachers who everyone knows do good shit for society and we should thank them. But I’d like to have a party for the people who have done neat things for me on a small scale. Like the man who stopped and calmed me down when I was in a car accident, the designer of my electric blanket, the person who called the cops on the guy caterwauling outside my window at 4 in the morning, the cabdriver who came back to return the cellphone I left in his cab, the elderly gentlemen with a cane who offered me his seat on the bus when I had an injured leg. I think I’d get a keg and make Jell-O shots for this one. Maybe even get a pinata as an ice breaker.
People Who Make Delicious Sandwiches. This almost fell under “Everyday Heroes,” but then I realized they should have a category and party all their own. I love sandwiches; I’d even go so far as to posit that they are one of my favorite foods. And I’d like to honor anyone that crafts a well-made, satisfying sandwich. There might need to be some type of sandwich making test involved in this one. I do not want to celebrate terrible sandwiches.
Will Shortz, the editor of the NYT Crossword Puzzle. Crossword puzzling and Sunday afternoons would not be the same without him. If you bore easily and/or have no interest in hearing about nerd things, don’t even bother clicking on this video below. It’s a 6 minute interview that will instantly put you to sleep if you don’t like crosswords. [youtube jWOd3_XfWKo]
I had another one but I forgot, so I guess they didn’t really deserve a party. Who would you pull out the punchbowl and hang crepe paper streamers for? (No sexual euphemism necessarily intended in that last sentence.)
(This last video is pretty much unrelated but I was reminded of it while writing this and I like Steve Martin.)
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