Monday, November 22, 2004

Weekend Update

I hosted my first hafla ever Saturday night. For those outside the Mid East dance crowd, a "hafla" is a party with food, music & dance (the aforementioned all M Eastern/Oriental/Mediterranean). It was a hoot. Lots more folks brought food than I thought would, so there was plenty to eat. Some old buddies of my husband came over, so they lit a fire in an old brazier and sat on the front porch (one of them smokes) and "cooted" most of the evening. I'll be hosting another one in February, and I'll definitely be changing the invitation/notice from "children not encouraged" to "adults ONLY". One attendee brought three kids along, including a toddler, and our house is NOT kid friendly: aside from the open fireplace, there are candles, lamps, swords, armour with pointy helmets, and many other breakable/dangerous-to-the-uninitiated type things. Once they bailed we could really concentrate on DANCE, which was what we are all about. I think it was a success overall.

8 comments:

Atomic Bombshell said...

Sounds like fun... Pics?

Neb said...

No pics :-( I have a really old, cheapo digital camera, which doesn't do well in low light (I despise flash snaps). Since we were lighting with candles/lamps/firelight it would have looked like somebody's last known photo. Next time we'll do better...

potvaliant said...

What does cooted mean?

Neb said...

Ah... "coot" is slang for "geezer" or "old guy" or in this case a bunch of disreputable buddies who go way back. Perhaps it's become a verb only in our particular circle, but "cootin'" is just another word for "chewing the rag" or "hanging out". Preferable on a porch, weather permitting. The parlor or kitchen table is also acceptable.

potvaliant said...

Ah. Got it. Thanks...I thought that it was some new (old?) reference to 420 usage.

Neb said...

OK, my turn: what's "420 usage"? 8-/

potvaliant said...

Er....it is the consumption of combustible herbs. :-)

Neb said...

Aha. Well, you learn something new every day ;-) The only smoke we had around here was coming from various wood fires and one buddie's endless cigs (of course this is the guy who had heart surgery a couple of years ago: o well).