Kate brought a Prince mix CD and a bottle of Hennessy. Heather brought The Book of Bunny Suicides and candy bracelets. Karyn and Rudy brought wine, flowers, and candles made so recently that they were still warm. Micah brought a big stack of discount tickets for his improv show, which we made good use of later. Jay and Mark brought Jaeger and Red Bull, Brian brought a case of 312, matchgirl brought a beautiful scarf and change purse that she knitted, and Jason brought a $500 advance on the gig we just finished but haven't gotten paid for yet. Rachel laughed at jokes I'd been waiting a year to make, Alex the cute Flash developer kissed me, Kevin and Kara called me from California simultaneously and I spoke to them simultaneously on two phones, Jason made me business cards, Ashley and Adam played on the tire swing unbidden, Karyn told me how insane my sister was, Mike took those pictures, Allison saved the cookies from disaster, the other Brian drove us through about eight neighborhoods that make me grip the seat harder with happysad now, and mostly, I'm just so happy that I've somehow had the privilege of knowing such people.