The best parties always end with the cops coming

I recently moved into a new place in Cupertino.  We have a total of 7 people living in our 5-bedroom house.  We’re all good friends, so the arrangement works well.  Most of us have known each other since Stanford and have lived together in different permutations at some point or another.  We have a weekly chore rotation and eat dinner together 5 times a week (a different person cooks each day).

Yesterday night we threw a housewarming party.  The party was a progressive, meaning each room in the house was supposed to serve a different alcoholic beverage.  But since we decided we didn’t want people drinking in our bedrooms, we just spread the drinks out across 4 “stations” in the living room and kitchen.  We had a station for fruity drinks like pineapple malibus and jello shots, a station for creamy liqueurs like Kahlua and butterscotch schnapps, a table with strong drinks like tequila and vodka shots, and lots of beer in the fridge.

Since we’re a bunch of geeks, we also set up a photo booth area where people could pose for pics while dressed up in funny hats, wigs, and robes.  We used a MacBook with an iSight camera running Photo Booth (photo software that comes bundled with MacBooks).  Although the images were grainy and low-quality, I liked that you could snap a photo with a single click and could apply different filters like sepia and twirl.  We also tried using a Canon Powershot camera hooked up to an IBM Thinkpad.  The Canon had much better image quality but the Thinkpad was annoying because it kept locking itself.  The photos were automatically downloaded to a shared folder so that they could be displayed on a nearby wall using a projector we set up.  Very nerdy, but highly entertaining.

The party was a lot of fun.  Approximately 60 people showed up.  One of our guests brought a keg (thanks Richard!) and a lot of people brought gifts of alcohol.  By the end of the night, all of the beer and jello shots were gone, but we somehow ended up with 4 more bottles of vodka and 5 more bottles of wine than we started with.  At some point the speakers blew out and had to be replaced.  People also started swing dancing because we had some serious dancers in the the crowd.  The night ended around 3:30am with three of my roommates passed out in their rooms.  Christine, Brent, Chieze, and I (the sober roommates) lasted till the end of the night and even managed to clean the whole house as the party wound down.

It would have been a perfect night, but unfortunately it ended at 4am with the arrival of the cops.  They didn’t come because we were noisy or disturbing our neighbors.  Our house is surprisingly soundproof and we actually visited all our neighbors beforehand to ply them with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  We informed them of the party and asked them to call our phone number in case it got too loud.  The cops were called because we had a belligerent, psychotic guest.  He was shouting at his girlfriend and threatening to drive home drunk.  He got into his car and started screeching down the street, flashing his headlights and honking his horn non-stop for 5 minutes.  His friends started running into the street to try to stop him and it looked like he might mow down his girlfriend.  So we called the cops on our own party.  Three cop cars showed up to arrest him and he got thrown into jail overnight to sober up. 

What a crazy way to end the night. 

Here are some of the pics from the MacBook webcam —

Jed rocking a Gir hat (Gir from Invader Zim)

Blythe and Mark in a bunny hat


Me and Thai


Kai, Vince, Ling & co trying out the sepia filter

Maps folks

Vince, Dennis and me

The Intuit crew

Kenson and I hiding from alien rays beneath aluminum foil

That’s a breathalyzer. The legal limit is 0.08.  Needless to say, Tim was not the designated driver for his car.

Twirl effect

Andy Warhol effect


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