Sunday, November 04, 2007

SOS - exposed

It's that time of the week again, Soap Opera Sunday started by Brillig and Walking Kateastrophe's. This time it is being hosted by Thalia's Child Go to their sites today to read their and other sudsy tales.

I remembered this one after my dear friend recalled it in a comment a few months ago....

We were all hiding in a friend's small, fabulous first floor apartment in the South End of the city, a.k.a the "gay section" of town. Amazing Guy and I were guests at a surprise birthday party for a grad school buddy of mine. A group of friends were taking her out to dinner then bringing her over to the apartment. We were milling about, drinking and eating while awaiting her arrival.

Then it happened.

AG had a horrible, eyes burning, throat scratching, frequent sneezing allergic reaction to the hostess' cats. And it was a bad reaction.

So bad he had to leave the apartment to find antihistamines. He got directions to the local drug store since we didn't live in that neighborhood and ran out to get some over the counter relief. And who should he blindly (due to scratchy red eyes) bang into while literally running to the store?

The birthday girl.

So he studdered, didn't make eye contact (because he couldn't see) and basically didn't explain why he was in the neighborhood. He runs off, convinced he has ruined the surprise.

Meanwhile the rest of us, in the apartment, get the signal that the birthday girl is nearby, become quiet, then yell "SURPRISE" as she enters. She claims to be genuinely surprised.

AG returns later clutching his new allergy remedy and apologizes profusely to anyone who will listen about ruining the surprise. Everyone laughs and the party continues.

About an hour later birthday girl pulls Flower Child aside and says she's worried about me. She then explains she ran into AG on the street and he was acting all secretive and funny.

"Could he be? Could he be hiding something? Or someone?"

Which caused Flower Child to burst into hysterics, march birthday girl to AG and we all had a big, huge laugh.

Although we haven't been to anymore suprise parties hosted by cat owners in the South End since.

15 comments:

Jenn in Holland said...

Darn those cats and their eye itching dander!
What a funny set of circumstances...
I ruined the "surprise" of a party once years ago and I still feel guilt about it.

nell said...

Hahaha! I love how they were each so worried, over what turned out to be nothing.

Secret Agent Mama said...

I'm allergic to cats (can go into ana phalaxis, even), so I can attest to the reaction.

Great story! :D

Fourier Analyst said...

no doubt, you need to stay away from cats. So funny that she did not realise what AG was really hiding! he's a better actor than he thought!

Thalia's Child said...

That's funny how she didn't clue in, even after the surprise about why AG was all funny at the drugstore.

Wholly Burble said...

A cautionary tale for sure about surprise parties--funny!

I had one surpirse party for hubby early in our marriage. I had called him to say I had a surprise for him (without saying anything about a party with others), so needed him to not come home right after work. Two hours later, a meal cooling in the kitchen, relatives cooling in the second bedroom, an intoxicated hubby came home exceptionally verbal LOL--we have NEVER had a surprise party for him since!

Thanks for sharing your story, it was a hoot, and brought back some fond (years later one can laugh) memories for me.

Jerseygirl89 said...

Oh, that's too funny. I can't believe the birthday girl didn't realize what was going with AG after the surprise, but I'm glad you all had a good laugh about it.

Brillig said...

HAHAHAHAHA. Oh my gosh, that's hilarious. "Poor SMID! Her man is hiding a gay lover!" Hahahahaha.

Heather said...

Too funny!

Flower Child said...

Sweet of our friend to be so concerned on her birthday that SMID's future husband had a gay lover.

Perhaps next week you can recount the story of our lesbian friends' anniversary party. Do you remember?

soccer mom in denial said...

Oh my Flower Child - I don't remember? But I give you permission to turn it into a SOS if you want!

painted maypole said...

that is a fun story!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This kind of story is why we're not going to our friends for Thanksgiving. We used to go to this wonderful get together with Indian American friends, Chinese friends, Japanese American friends, etc., etc. and we all brought things from our various cooking traditions. It was really fun, until about an hour into the party every year when DH would have to leave in a similar vein to AG.
That was a really funny story! I can just imagine your b'day girl's concern!

Dedee said...

That is a hilarious story!!!!

Goofball said...

ROFL :)