Saturday, October 30, 2004

House Party

Oh, my wonderful friends from J-land, how I wish I had a great big house with a jillion guest rooms, and a huge parlor with a large fire place. I’d have an on-going house-party and you’d all stay over and we’d sit around together and tell about our cats, and kids, and jobs, and ailments, and cures, like we do in our journals. We’d share our dreams and hopes and fears and joys.

It’d be a come-as-you-are party, because that’s the way we dress when we write our journals. We’d wear our scruffies, our nighties, our jeans and our robes, they way we do when we write. I’d be bare and you wouldn’t care ‘cuz that’s the way I write my best.

We’d be in our best and most relaxed story-sharing mode, each sipping his own favorite beverage, and like our journals, nothing would be un-mentionable, for we’re all new-found fast-friends.

We’d recognize each other from the pictures in our journals, or from the names we call our kids or our pets, or our regional accents. We come from all over the world.

Conversation would be easy. We already know one another.

I know it would be a wonderful exciting, entrancing social encounter, because that is just what my reading our blogs is now. Just like an evening’s conversation, I start with one guest and read his entry, and then listen to the comments of others, and follow the links in their comments to their journals. From their journals I follow to the next and the next. Like a true conversation, the subject changes naturally from one experience to the next.

We’ve become such friends that very little is “off limits” in our discussions. You know that I’m an old bachelor, living in an old folks’ home, and I know you’re an ambulance driver, a store manager, a housewife (or house-husband), an artist, or a long distance trucker writing on a lap top from the sleeping compartment of your eighteen wheeler. I know that you’re estranged from your family, happily married, unhappily married, looking for love, or living with a partner whose gender is not stated. You know I’m eighty with an eighty-nine year old girl friend.

How did such a varied group as we come together at this happy house-party? Because of a common interest we share with the unlikely name: blogging.

Thanks for coming to my party. Come again soon, y’hear?

12 comments:

sharkie412 said...

LOL Chuck. House party huh? Thanks for the smiles...very true about the J-Land family. Not many other online sites that could compare.

fisherkristina said...

Oh Chuck, you are such a good writer!  Thank you for inviting me to your party! -Krissy
http://journals.aol.com/fisherkristina/SometimesIThink

djzgirl71 said...

Hey Chuck..great party!  Thanks for inviting me!!! Winderful entry!

Stacy  http://journals.aol.com/djzgirl71/Mylifewith5kidsonecatandalmostne

bookncoffee said...

I enjoyed the party.  The iced tea was wonderful as well as the conversation.  We'll have to do it again sometime!!!  (Great entry!!!)

valphish said...

I'm here!  I'm here!  What a neat party!  What neat guests you invited!  My favorite people in the whole world!  And I have bed head and am in my P'J's.  Cup of joe in hand, too!  Pass me a refreshment... Wonderful party...Great idea!
http://journals.aol.com/valphish/ValsThoughts

penguine4050 said...

THANKS FOR INVITING ME TO YOUR HOUSE PARTY.  HAD FUN AND HOPE YOU ENJOYED MY OUTFIT!  LOVE YOUR JOURNAL AND ALL THE COMMENTS YOU HAVE LEFT BEHIND IN MINE.  I FEEL I REALLY KNOW YOU AND YOU HAVE ADDED A BRIGHTER LIGHT IN MY LIFE FOR BEING THERE.  WHISH ONE DAY WE MEET IN PERSON AT A PARTY FOR REAL.  KEEP JOURNALING BECAUSE IT BRINGS US JOY.  THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS GREAT AND THE CONVERSATION WAS WONDERFUL.

viviansullinwank said...

Hi Chuck,
Although many people don't believe it, I'm shy. I've always had difficulty mixing well at parties...but not this time!! :)  I very much enjoyed your house party. You are a wonderful host.....putting me quite at ease so that I could let my hair down and enjoy myself!!  Thank you for inviting me!!bb:)

Vivian

madmanadhd said...

Yes indeed, I see why you enjoyed this entry, what a marvelous idea. Funny that you directed me to this entry now Chuck. Since I've been honored with being on the Editor's choice list  I've met so many fine and wonderful j-land folks that I hope will come visit my journal again. Just tonight when I respond to their comments I've been inviting... "come on back again sometime...I'll leave the light on and put a pot on the fire" something my grandmother used to say. Wonderful entry.

Thanks for stopping on by and I truly hope you'll come on back ...I'll leave the light on... coffee  or tea?

http://journals.aol.com/madmanadhd/ConfessionsofaMadmanInsightsinto/

poetmom1968 said...

I think that would be the best!  I'd be in my flannel pj's of course...sipping on a Diet Dr. Pepper.:)
Steph

herheadsnacloud said...

Thank you Chuck for inviting me to your house party..........I am sure you saw me there with my old sweat pants and comfy t-shirt........you are a warm and wonderful host..I am jealous of your 89 year old girlfriend..wink! Bambi

ryanagi said...

I remember reading this entry but I can't believe I didn't comment! I'll be bare-assed with ya. LOL I think clothes must stiffle my creativity. ;-)

monponsett said...

I'll bring the drugs...