Last night's party was, as expected, a combination of the two. That is, with some awful tedious and/or embarrassing parts, and with some awfully fun parts. There were the usual endless speeches, the usual singing routine by five of the birthday girl's best friends singing along with their own words to some bad Swedish pop song, the usual guests raucously drunk and insulting the hired help before the main course had been served. There were games intended to humiliate the honoree (everyone had a green "yes" card and a red "no" card at their place, and were asked at one point to vote on whether a series of things were true about the birthday girl - everything from whether she'd lived in Australia, to whether she owned a dildo.)
Did I have a good time? Better than I expected.
Was I glad that we were the first to leave, about 45 minutes after the dancing started? Oh, yes.
The Swedish phrase for the day is vi ses. It means see you later or we'll be in touch, more or less.
- by Francis S.