Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's the Razor's Edge

;How do you know that you've had too much to drink?  Many have wrestled with this question and have struggled to find the correct balance.  However, as the hostess of several recent summer parties, I have determined that the one word answer to that question is - Karaoke.

A few months back, my husband put two and two together and realized, we have a PA system, microphones and a laptop, let's have karaoke at our parties.  I must admit, I thought it was a terrible idea.  No one that I knew had ever expressed any interest in karaoke and the whole thing just seemed a little cheesy to me.  Oh how wrong I was.  It seems that all it takes is the correct quantity of alcohol and even the most reserved party goer will line up to warble like a croaking cat.

I can't count myself among the warblers, but I am one hell of an audience.  As a matter of fact, we have taped many of these karaoke performances and the sound of my cackling laughter drowns out the "singing".

This past weekend, a very conservative friend spent the afternoon with us, in the pool, having cocktails.  By the time that dinner was over, he had the microphone welded to his hand and had proceeded to sing his way through the entire Eminem catalog. You really haven't lived until you've heard a drunken, 58 year old computer programmer try to navigate "Without Me". It's truly a "life is good" moment.

Life is not so good for my neighbors though.  Between the hardcore band and the karaoke, they are exposed to a lot noise-wise. Luckily our back yard faces a greenbelt, so we can direct the PA toward the flora and the fauna instead of toward the neighbors.  This might explain all the deer and rabbit poop I keep finding in the yard.  Sheesh, everyone's a critic.