We had the honor of being invited to Russ and Susan's holiday party at Marche restaurant this past weekend, and what a party it was. How could a holiday party quickly devolve into swinging sabers, shattered glass and howling guests (with laughter, that is)? A short question & answer session usually does the trick:
Who was there?
All the usual suspects, present company included.
What was served?
Ramey Chardonnay and Lokoya Cabernet (1997 & 2001). Excellent choices.
How did it get out of control?
Russ (our host) pulled out his scimitar and made the nearest champagne bottle his practice dummy. His aim was perfect, though, leading a few of us to wonder if he spent time as a mercenary in various global hot spots ...
But ... how did Russ wind up with a sword in his hands at a holiday party?
No, Susan didn't tell him one of his clients didn't pay their bill. Rather, chalk it up to the ingenuity (some might say twisted humor) of Paul Conrado, who mentioned to Russ after dinner that he would love a glass of bubbly and there "happened to be" a champagne opener on the gift table. Of course, Paul failed to mention that the champagne opener was in the shape of a four-foot curved sword but who wants to sweat the details at a holiday party? *
Great holiday party, one of the best we have been to. Thanks Russ and Susan!
* Note: this version more or less holds true to the version of events witnessed at our table. Perhaps the author took minor liberties with the actual dialogue but rest assured, gentle reader, it served only to aid in recounting the tale.