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A lot of the fiber arts I enjoy are things like tatting, netmaking, chair caning, and even weaving, where people will come up to me when I demonstrate and solemnly tell me, "That's a lost art."

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09 December 2007

It's Not How Most Parties Start . . .

Saturday was my husband's National Guard unit Christmas party. The party activities were supposed to start at 10 am, but they had opening formation at 8 am. Since he is now based at an armory a good hour's drive away, we all went in one car and left at 7 am.

This meant my son and I were there (along with many of the other spouses and children) in time for . . . the sexual assault video. Including a narrator reading off a whole explicit list of what counted as sexual harrassment or assault and a rather lame dramatization of a sexual assault.

Quote from video: "I can't believe you had a relationship with the Major!"

Quote from me: "Do real people actually say 'I can't believe you had a relationship'?"

Quote from husband: "No, they say something like, 'Oh my god, I can't believe you were blanking the blank! He's such a blank!'"

(And pffft, there goes my nice award.)

Eventually we figured out that if we moved to one end of the room we were far enough away from the speakers to avoid the rest of the sound from the video. Whew.

Later quote from me: "That's not how most parties start, with a sexual assault video."

Husband: "Some parties, that might not be a bad idea."



Blogger amy said...

Your husband's right on that last bit! Did this lead to some interesting conversations with your son, or was he more or less oblivious?

2:25 PM  
Blogger TinkingBell said...

Oh yes - I can think of a number of office christmas parties which should definitely have stareted with the video (and truth be told, should have screened it at half time and the end as well!) Maybe they were just preemptive - or proactive - thinking ahead anyway! I'm sure people don't say - had a relationship - I think the husby's right on that one too!

5:27 PM  
Blogger MadMad said...

OK - that might be the funniest thing I I've ever heard! OMG! Your son had to watch it too?! (Merry Christmas, huh?)

10:29 AM  
Blogger Bells said...

Blanking the blank! ha ha. Had me snorting at my (work) desk!

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Bethelia Timberslice said...

What?! Wait a minute, they KNEW that families would be there and yet they chose this event to screen a sexual assualt video? How very un-family friendly of them.

Also, I'm clearly insane, my kids o too have two weeks off for Christmas! It's just me who has to be back at it on 1/2/08.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Alwen said...

Well, I don't know how to break this to you, but if you're screening for family-friendly, the US military is probably not one of your top picks.

The idea was, they'd show the videos from 8 to 10, and families would show up at 10 after they were over.

Problem is, so many units have been merged and moved that most of us drive across the state to get there. So rather than burn two vehicles' worth of gas, we were climbing into one and showing up early.

Video Time!

(Bells, would it be funnier if you knew my husband said "blanking" and not any other words?) Whadda guy.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Bethelia Bedilia said...

Right, I keep forgetting, if the military wanted you to have a family, they would have issued you one!

11:12 AM  

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