Aaron's Crazy Race

AARON'S LAST-MINUTE RACE ENTRY
Day 12 -- Big Party Plus Big Appetite Equals Big Trouble

I knew I was running out of time but I decided to be philosophical about it. The reality was I wasn't in good shape and taking two and a half weeks to try and get in shape was just plain silly. I started to project a finishing time of 75 minutes -- and only if I had the wind at my back. Right now, I needed to focus on the party preparation. Yesterday, John Vandersluis (my brother-in-law) had set up two canopy tents and had gotten the beer and root beer from the Wynkoop Brewery. I had chilled the wine and soft drinks. Now I was laying out box after box of Girl Scout cookies and about 20 bowls of jelly beans. The real food would come later.

I was way behind schedule and still was cleaning the house when people started arriving. As they poured in, Holly greeted them outside and the set-up process -- including the band, which had arrived an hour earlier at noon -- continued. People came in to use the ovens and the refrigerators, get supplies, and ask for advice about where to place items. Some people called while en route for directions. I put the four dogs and cat downstairs but all the kids wanted to see them. "Madhouse" was the only word which came to mind but everyone seemed to be having a great time.

I took a break from refilling water jugs and getting supplies as well as cleaning up various messes and started sampling the food. This Bixby School crowd had good taste. There were a wide array of wonderful, home-cooked dishes. I had been worried about having enough food but my concern dissipated quickly. People not only made quality dishes but were generous in the quantity they brought. I almost dove into the guacamole and loved a wide array of chicken dishes and exotic salads. The Wynkoop Brewery beer was a big hit with the beer drinkers, the Liquor Mart wine was a hit with the wine drinkers, and the kids and I gulped down the Wynkoop-brewed root beer. Channah Horst and Kim Tarley's desserts -- ranging from lemon squares to peanut butter brownies and other goodies -- were a huge hit.

The band played as people visited and relaxed. The advantage of having the event over a three-hour period was that there never were 300 people together at the same time. I estimated we had that many guests but never had more than 150 at any one time. Some people stayed for the entire time but most were there for about two hours. The kids roamed all over the property and invented imaginative games.

Channah Horst brought desserts for 300 people and they were a huge hit. She did a great job and helped with the event in many ways. Liz Brix brought supplies and was always pitching in, too. If these two hadn't helped me, I would have been in serious trouble. We all cleaned up and I was exhausted. After everyone left, I kept cleaning. While I had gotten some exercise working on the party, it wasn't the same as running. I wasn't certain when I would get to do that. It didn't appear it would be any time soon. I worked through the night on my TV show because we were taping the next day. It was a long but satisfying day.

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