Sunday, August 29, 2004

“I never drink… wine.”

The Movie: Dracula, 1931 (John L. Balderston, Hamilton Deane and Garrett Fort, screenwriters; Tod Browning, dir.)
Who says it: Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula
The context: The Count offers Renfield (Dwight Frye), his henchman, some very good old wine; Renfield asks whether he will have some, too.
How to use it: As something silly to say at a party, especially if you’re not drinking and don’t want to make an issue of it.

This would have been a handy thing to say at my friend Thomas's 40th birthday party last night, but let's just call that another missed opportunity. Thomas is the best host I know -- we don't call him Captain Ambiance for nothing -- so, while it was unfair that he threw his own birthday party, no one could have done it better. Between packing and the yard sale, I wasn't able to dress appropriately for the 1970s theme, but everyone else rose to the occasion.

The yard sale was a big success. Now I just have to finish packing.

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