Thursday I had the night "off" so I spent the evening at my place playing Civ 4 (I still can't beat it on the "Prince setting, grrrrr) and cleaning the apartment (it really doesn't feel like I live there anymore). By the way, the apartment hunt has narrowed the list down to four properties in the Parmer - Wells Branch area, about as north as we can get and still be in Austin.
Saturday evening was the ACDF anniversary dinner. I was so relieved and pleased that people showed up because if they hadn't, I seriously would've been, "Okay, that's it. I quit." Thankfully though, that didn't happen. Yes, our gang made up the majority of the gathering, but there were enough people there to make it legitimate. It wasn't a gargantuan gathering like we used to have, but the small size worked in our favor, I think (even though it still took an hour for our party of 9 to get seated. WTH?). Since it was a small group we were able to talk to each other, rather than shouting through a crowd (like most ACDF gatherings). I got to meet some of the new(er) members and got to know them better. They're not as bad as I thought; heck, they were actually sorta likeable! ;)
Two things were learned that evening. One, we need to stop going to Kerbey's, tradition be damned. Two, I need to stop hanging out with Jenny, Beauty, and Cat. THEY ARE THE COSPLAY BORG; everyone they touch becomes assimilated into their cosplay group. I was able to wriggle out of their Rayearth group (mostly out of ignorance) but my interest was piqued when they mentioned their Disney villains group. Honestly, I've been anti-Disney for years now but the word "villains" caught my ear. I do like to cosplay bad guys. Still, I might have said no if they hadn't suggested the character they did. "Cody, you should do Hades!"
Hmmm. Flaming glowing hair, contacts, prosthetic fangs, and smoke effects? Sounds like a challenge. I'll do it! (Yeah, I'm a sucker for trying new things.)
So what did we end up doing that night? We watched Hercules and Alice in Wonderland (Liz wants to be the Red Queen).