The Top Secret Hoe-Down

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So we made it in, and we enjoyed the journey that brought us to the hall for the surprise party. By now everyone was feeling a little rambunctious and ready to let loose, so they did. The camera was taken by whoever wanted to use it, so there were quite a few shots that we’ll call “abstract” or “avant garde”. They didn’t make it into the fold, but these did!

Half of the Cameron Family Singers were here. You'll read more about them soon.

Half of the Cameron Family Singers were here. You’ll read more about them soon.

He's going to miss his buddy.

He’s going to miss his buddy.

You’ll find it hard to believe, but there was booze to be had. I know, it’s crazy.

Three shirts, four heads.

Three shirts, four heads, only one is sober.

Sometimes I pretend to smoke cigars, but they're really carrots.

Sometimes I pretend to smoke cigars, but they’re really carrots.

The smell of the prairie fires was getting somebody amorous.

The smell of the prairie fires was getting somebody amorous.

"I am not wearing that hat." "What if I agree to play Buckin' Bronco later?"

“I am not wearing that hat.”
“What if I agree to play Buckin’ Bronco later?”

He’s very weak.

Now we dance. Well, maybe not "we", but "she" will for sure.

Woo hoo, ride ’em cowgirl

Proof that he was having fun, and was being friendly with Mrs. Birdman at one point in the night.

Proof that he was having fun, and was being friendly with Mrs. Birdman at one point in the night.

Looks like someone wants to wear that hat.

Looks like someone wants to wear that hat.

If I even hear one Nickelback song, your ass is grass. (I might be channeling that.)

If I even hear one Nickelback song, your ass is grass. (That’s what I hope she’s saying.)

Well howdy, pardners.

Well howdy, pardners.

Does that not seem like an unnaturally long arm?

Does that not seem like an unnaturally long arm?

Mama gots to get paid.

Mama gots to get paid.

As fun as this all looks, it really is a sad time in our hearts. Good thing there’s liquor to numb the pain.

"Please don't go. I will just hold on to you. You'll have to stay."

“Please don’t go. I will just hold on to you. You’ll have to stay.”

I'm sure that Mr. Man wants to be in these photos, but his legs were very sore.

I’m sure that Mr. Man wants to be in these photos, but his legs were very sore.

Oh, there he is.

Oh, there he is.

It wouldn't be a real dance if the queen didn't break a few rules.

It wouldn’t be a real dance if the queen didn’t break a few rules.

Just to prove he was there.

Just to prove he was there.

Someone needs to caption this.

Someone needs to caption this.

I really hope that he dances like that.

I really hope that he dances like that.

So there was the first goodbye party. It was a good time, but it was commemorating a sad occasion. I don’t think that there is one of us that isn’t feeling a little bitter at the departing of four people (and Dexter) that we have grown to love so much. They have enriched our lives with their friendship and good nature, and it will be hard to take the field (or the bench) without them. We wish you all the success and happiness that you so deserve, and we hope that your time away from us makes you realize how fucking awesome we are here, and that your asshole company gives you a transfer back here, and a promotion.

Safe travels, friends.

The Cats

P.S. If you promise to stay, I’ll post the pic of Swiper in the van at the end of the night.

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4 thoughts on “The Top Secret Hoe-Down

  1. You will never know how much we love you guys and how much the Stray Cats have meant to us. You are not just friends you are family! Thanks for the send off party……I can only imagine the coming home one 😉

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