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Friday, May 01, 2009

Greensboro Grub



I got invited to a dinner party, called "Greensboro Grub". It was a month dinner hosted by my neighbors that live in the building next to my downtown apartment. They have a great apartment with many rooms, and there were approximately 50 people there. The hosts Charlie and Ruth are great people - very friendly, confident, and were great hosts.

The atmosphere was very friendly, there was no ounce of negativity, and everyone was there to enjoy themselves - that, is the beauty of Greensboro Grub.

I arrived at 6:30 and there was a small mixer of approximately 15 people, and people kept on coming during the next hour or so. The people were diverse - all ages and professions, both local and recently moved. I mingled a bit and made some small talk before everyone were seated. The table setting was beautiful, and they had about 5 different types of dishes. After dinner, we picked out our deserts buffet style from a different room, and they were delicious.

The best part is the "sharing" after dinner. People brought their chairs to a different room and formed a "stage" for different performers. A band played a few mellow chilled out songs. I've never been big into southern music, but listening live without loud speakers was a very enjoyable experience.

There also were a few different people reading poetry, and then the hosts Charlie and Ruth did a great Abbott and Costello routine, "Who's on First".

They also did a small skit comedy, about an autistic guy meeting a girl. The guy started a conversation with the girl almost like a pick-up approach, the girl wasn't receptive, but the guy "plowed on" in a "funny" way because he's autistic. The girl became more receptive and revealed that she's got a brain tumor and won't live very long. The guy sympathized, and was extremely optimistic due to his unquestionable faith in religion and was happy to be going to heaven. He innocently told the girl it would be like her taking a nap, waking up with Jesus, and Jesus would sing her favorite song to her, and her brain won't hurt anymore. A lot of people were laughing at the great performance of the childish innocence of the autistic guy, but I wasn't for some reason. As one of the youngest guys in that crowd, I think I have a bigger problem than most about the concept of dying. I found the performance extremely moving and the couple were great thespians.

The night was finished by the band that played before. I'm really glad I went to this Greensboro Grub event, and I feel truly fortunate that I had the privileged to have had the great experience.

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