Saturday, 19 April 2008

40 years and 40 beers!....

It was Russells 40th and we were all invited round to commiserate...I mean celebrate. There was some really nice champers....
....if only we could get it open!
Lots of cards. I KNEW I'd forgotten something.
Plus balloons. A proper party!
I searched and searched for some 'Lancaster Bomber' beer (Russells current favourite), but couldn't find it anywhere. I later discovered that they sold it at my local wine merchant. Typical, I didn't check there!
As compensation I brought along the 'Drinko-matic-4000' drinking hand to help make alcohol consumption less of a chore.
We were presented with some smoked salmon which had lingered in the cupboard upon its return from Seattle for near on five years. There was no 'use by' date and we reckoned that if we all drank enough strong alcohol any germs would die anyway. It was surprisingly nice, but did later dominate the room and make its presence known!
The automatic drinking hand proved itself to be a versatile piece of equipment being equally competent at handling nibbles.
Although the guidance system needed some tinkering.
As the evening became more blurry and confusing, a shoe appeared on the table. It turned out to be a pleasing strong lemon drink in a shoe shaped bottle. Once wrestled from Jennys grip (she thought it would ruin the look of it if we drank it) it was avidly consumed. Along with a variety of other drinks and chocolate liqueurs.
The drinko-matic hand suited Jon quite well until....
...suddenly and unexpectedly it turned on him. Obviously not conversant with the three laws of robotics, it attacked its master, first going for the eyes then force feeding him with three spring rolls dipped in hot peri sauce all at once. The mechanical hand was subdued. I'm sure the twins will love it.
All in all a top evening.
Thanks Russell for inviting us and turning 40 before me!
Thanks to Maxine for the seemingly never ending supply of yummy eating nibbles.

16 comments:

Lesley said...

How have I lived my life without one of those roboarms? I have had to lift those heavy glasses all by myself. Who knew there was an easier way?

Foster Communications said...

Gotta watch out for those mechanical arms! You never know when they're going to go all crazy on you! :)

Sapna Anu B.George said...

Great party............ congrats and great to meet you here in blogs

Floderten said...

You know, I was hoping you'd post what you all got up to Saturday. :D Looks like you had a lot of fun!! What did you get Russ for his birthday?? Please tell me you at least got him a present since you obviously forgot to give him a card! ;)

Lemon alcohol... I like pear brandy, if we have to go fruity.

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Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

You have to watch out for those mechanical hands, good job they cant drink the beer.
I suppose it was made in China, what happened to that excellent British engineering tradition, the hand would have been cast iron and weighed 300 pounds

Angela Marie said...

Looks like you all had a good time! Your friends 40th is a good reason to celebrate... I think birthdays should be celebrated no matter what age you are ~ Ones life is to be celebrated!

I don't think I would have eaten the smoked salmon though...

:)

secret agent said...

So this is what you've been doing on your sabatical eh?

Did the salmon have any fur on it?

Glad to see you are alive and well

for the moment at least :)

JLee said...

Good to see you back! I LOVE "the hand". I have to get one of those...

Madwag said...

nice to see you back and blogging... great post

photowannabe said...

Hey, glad to see you back. I have missed your wit and sarcasm. Sounds like a delightful party, fuzzy salmon et all...

Sharon said...

Looks like all had fun especially the "Mechanical Hand!"

Cimba7200 said...

Hi Barkfoot. What a blog! You sure put a lot of effort into them. Well done. - Dave

3D said...

When bad robot bits happen to good (party) people!

Keep smilin!

Gillian said...

Happy 40 Barky!~
Sorry I missed it ;(
xox
Love the beer drinking arm!~

Russell Hill said...

Well, well, I stop reading your blog for 5 minutes (well, okay, it might have been a bit longer than that) and you go and publish me!

It was a good time alright, blimey, thinking about it, that was APRIL and (checks calendar) it's now June...time flies...

Surely, SURELY it's your birthday sometime SOON isn't it? I sure hope so and I can get you back for the robo-arm (it's still scuttling about down the back of the sofa somewhere!)...

Thanks for coming along and helping subdue that furry Salmon, as well as removing that bizarre lemon-filled glass shoe from my drinks cupboard...