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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

so tell me about Realities of misty eras past. what were your favourite themes? what themes sucked hard? i want to hear stories.


Anonymous liz said...

I honestly don't remember a single theme. And I always enjoyed Reality. Hopefully that says something about the importance of themes. The best Reality for me was my first one. The junior class that year was particularly organized and inspired. They had a Real Play as well as a Real Show. The Real Play, performed on the Quad with full lighting and sound, was an in-depth retelling of Midsummer Night's Dream featuring the Higueras and Berns as the lovers. I can't remember who played the Berns, but the Higueras were played by Heidi Jacot and Jesse Berney to hilarious effect.

The worst Reality for me was my year. I bartended at a Kiss cover band (wish I was making that one up) and helped fix breakfast Sunday morning and otherwise stayed out of the way because my class was full of drunken assholes.

7/02/2008 5:01 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

I was never actually there for Reality (my Febbie year I actually went to visit my boyfriend in Indiana instead), but the one I always hear people get misty eyed over was an Alice in Wonderland theme where they got special labels for beer bottles (National Bohemian, I think) that said "Drink Me" on them, and scattered them about campus. I gather there was all sorts of other exciting themed stuff that year, but the beer bottles are what stick out the clearest.

7/02/2008 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Prose's class did some sort of Roman theme I think, all I remember from that year was the wine fountain they built on the quad and the "My Cock is the Prime Mover" song and dance routine from the Real Skit (yes, there were pink foam costumes). My own year I can't remember if we had a theme or not, all I know is that I actually agreed to be in the skit and can't remember anything that happened after Act I. My senior year there were really awesome Ptolemy shirts, and a lot of running around in the sun, and I had to stay sober long enough to get a tattoo to celebrate the fact that I was actually graduating, but after that it's all a blur. I know I had fun though.

7/02/2008 11:37 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Santa Fe '96 was a Mexican theme. The food planning was botched, so we ended up with dining hall food (served outdoors). But: Several members of the kitchen staff were in a mariachi band, and they played on the placita in front of Meem. They were awesome. People were not expecting this; most of the band booking had been botched too. So it was assumed that the kitchen staffers were last minute fill ins. Whatever they were, they were awesome. A huge crowd materialized from the hills, making for the one collective event of the weekend. The band played 2-3 hours, until they were out of material.

(They were slaves to the mass production grind in the main kitchen, but made the coffee shop food excellent. Unfortunately I held the Annapolis coffee shop up to an unreasonable standard for a long time after.)

7/02/2008 6:39 PM  
Blogger anne said...

ah yes, libby. don't know how i forgot about that one. those jerk seniors still owe me two shirts, though. leaving $20 in max's apartment on the nightstand with a note probably wasn't the best idea, though...

mike, that's so odd: i'm nostalgic for the halcyon days of the annapolis coffee shop, and hold this one in contempt. they don't even have pizza here! it's so wrong!

julia: i too have heard those legends. probably the administration would not be pleased by that, though. but...

liz: yeah, i'm getting involved in planning myself, actually, because there are many drunk assholes in my class, too, and i hope, by lots of planning, that various catastrophes might be avoided.

7/04/2008 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Moss said...

Ironically, the Reality of which Julia has heard legends isn't one that any of us were actually around for. It's a story Hiram (I think? and/or Buban) and I heard from a member of the class of 1986, who was standing in the coffee shop one Croquet, more than a little drunk, telling tales of the glory days of St. John's.

7/04/2008 3:28 PM  
Blogger kay said...

hmm what do i remember about the four realities?
1) the clouds
2) midsummer night's dream
3) don quixote
4) dante? maybe it was the odyssey. either my senior year or the year after was the odyssey.

from what i recall, people always had high hopes for incorporating the theme into everything else, but (in my opinion) it never really worked. there was just always the decorating and the party, mutually exclusive phenomena.
i think it would be more fun if someone did find a way to incorporate a theme into an entire weekend of fun. it also always bugged me when people insisted that the party theme had to be one of the great books. bah humbug.

7/16/2008 6:10 PM  

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