I'd been asked not to bring a present, so I didn't, which was just as well since there was already a humungous pile of stuff. This made it all the more surprising that tatsmaru presented me with a kid's book, remarking, "We're going to have to start calling stuckintraffik the Bandicoot." The book was definitely cute, and accepted, since I agree with ursulav that you can't have too many wombats. phoenixalpha and Scott showed up a little later, followed by Christina, and finally stuckintraffik and Lauren, who had spent their honeymoon at the Fringe Fest and had hit their limit at 48 plays, a tad short of their goal. We did some SMOFfing, more than I really wanted to, but on the other hand sometimes it's a good idea to clear the air and find out what's on peoples' minds.
After most of the people left, things got a little more interesting.
The half-dozen or so guests that were left moved out onto the porch, and we wound up ordering pizza from Domino's after some misadventures with Comcast Phone 411 trying to find the local store. I was pretty hungry by the time it showed up and definitely ate more than I should have, judging from my blood sugar this morning. The conversation was pretty interesting, though; it started with parenting styles and wound up seguing into a discussion of what it was like for us, growing up. Scott and phoenixalpha and the others had already left, so it was just stuckintraffik, Lauren, tatsmaru, Patrick and I and but it wouldn't have really affected things. It was a little disturbing to realize that of the five of us, only one of us had had anything like a normal childhood. Two of us were service brats, one of us had grown up with divorced parents (one of which had left the state and moved about as far away as is physically possible without moving to Puerto Rico or leaving the US), and one of us had parents with some pretty severe problems. I felt honored; even in these touchy-feely days, this isn't the kind of stuff you discuss with people who aren't close friends. It's also encouraging to see that we've all grown up to be reasonably sensible and well-grounded folks.
If you leave out the fact that we're all working on an anime convention, of course.