On Turning 30, Part 1: Hellzapoppin’!

Young At Heart

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So…on 8:26AM on Saturday, July 11th, I officially turned 30.  I celebrated a bit at Albatross the night before, where ADAM bought me drinks, I got a free one from Jocelyn, and I sang I’m the Only One to LIZ over the phone since she couldn’t come out to sing it herself.

The real celebration happened on Saturday night at Waltz-Astoria, where I had a 30’s themed birthday party complete with live jazz band karaoke!  And boy did I need a party that night….we got the bad news about Liz’s sister-in-law that morning, which of course made working on a party seem pretty meaningless.  On top of that, I had a couple of friends either call out of the party sick, or say they couldn’t make the food they said they’d make originally, or I didn’t hear if people were bringing something or not….by the time the party rolled around, I was pretty down, and worried that no one was going to show up, we’d have no food for those that would, and that the whole thing would be a huge failure.

Dorothy, Emily, Liz (behind Emily), Sebastien, Lori, and Adam

Dorothy, Emily, Liz (behind Emily), Sebastien, Lori, and Adam

That couldn’t be more different than what actually happened!  Many of my friends DID come, including several that I wasn’t expecting to see!  Liz, her sister, DOROTHY, and EMILY came despite the earlier news, because they both wanted to take their minds off it for a while, and also because they wanted to celebrate my birthday, which I thought was so sweet!  Also, my “longest-serving friend”, Vanessa, came with her boyfriend, which was a complete surprise and fabulous!  And I met someone new and really cool in KATIEBOONE’S friend Peter, who is a jazz musician himself and brought his saxophone to jam out with the band!  I had WONDERFUL food provided by ROBIN and JOANNA as well as an AMAZING Bill Compton birthday cake made by LINDSAY (who should probably go work for the Ace of Cakes people at some point!).  Just about everyone sang at least ONE song, if not several, and the staff at Waltz as well as the band commented that I had really talented friends.  They were expecting at least SOMEONE to be awful, and no one was!  What can I say?  I only HAVE talented friends!  And I realized that I am so lucky to have such amazing ones.  People who, even if they don’t know each other, are so warm and friendly that they make instant friends with everyone they meet.

Peter and the band!

Peter and the band!

Highlights:

**Robin and JEAN sang me “Happy Birthday” a la Marilyn Monroe.  It was the strangest experience ever.  But hilarious!

** ALEX, after much unnecessary protesting, sang an AMAZING rendition of “Summertime!”  He was so insecure in his singing ability that he had to be DRAGGED up there by Jean and prodded by AARON…but once he started singing, Jean couldn’t snag the microphone from his hands!  He started doing some hilarious improv, and Jean eventually left him up there to finish the song alone!  Yeah, he “hates” singing karaoke.  Uh-huh.  Best birthday present ever.  If you’re my friend on Facebook, you can probably find the video.  If not….sorry.  🙂

Bill Compton cake, Lindsay, Lori, and Me

Bill Compton cake, Lindsay, Lori, and Me

** Lindsay’s cake!  Not only was it a Bill Compton cake, but when you bit into the neck, there was cherry “blood!”  I’m so grateful that Lindsay went to so much trouble!  It was amazing.

** DANCING!  Adam deserves the credit for getting this started.  He started the ball rolling by dancing with LORI as I sang “In the Mood.”  Then he fox-trotted and swing danced with me for two numbers.  Then Emily and Lori danced.  Then Emily and I danced.  It was a great time made even greater by awesome and game people!

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

** Adam and I singing Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.  While it wasn’t the best rendition ever, I love singing this song with him as it kind of captures our friendship perfectly.  🙂  One day, we’ll sing this song right!

** Catching up with Vanessa, and having her, EILEEN (all the way from Florida!), Joanna, and Robin all in one room!  I’ve known Vanessa since I was about 3.  I’ve known Eileen and Joanna since I was 5 going on 6.  And I’ve known Robin since I was 10.  The fact that I’m STILL friends with all of them blows my mind, and I look forward to being friends with them for even longer!

It was a wonderful way to spend my 30th Birthday.  I really am a lucky duck for knowing such great people.

And now, some photo highlights:

Alex, Katie, Jean, Matt, and Aaron

Alex, Katie, Jean, Matt, and Aaron

Emily, Liz (so badass she dragged herself to my party with a broken leg), Diana, and Sebastien

Emily, Liz (so badass she dragged herself to my party with a broken leg), Diana, and Sebastien

Robin overcame her stage fright for my birthday and sang You Can't Take That Away From Me!  It wasn't ENTIRELY miserable!

Robin overcame her stage fright for my birthday and sang You Can't Take That Away From Me! It wasn't ENTIRELY miserable!

Liz, Robin, Kelly, and Enrique

Liz, Robin, Kelly, and Enrique

Eileen, Joanna, Me, and Vanessa - my oldest friends in the world!

Eileen, Joanna, Me, and Vanessa - my oldest friends in the world!

Robin, Me, Eileen, and Joanna - Best. Entourage. Ever.

Robin, Me, Eileen, and Joanna - Best. Entourage. Ever.

The way I figured it, if my dress coudn't be strictly 1930s in style, at least my hair and my underwear could be!

The way I figured it, if my dress coudn't be strictly 1930s in style, at least my hair and my underwear could be!

My 30s are SO going to rule.  🙂

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Published in: on July 28, 2009 at 9:38 PM  Comments (3)  
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Liz Update #2 – Surprise!

Emily, Liz, Diana, and Sebastien at Teresa's 30th Birthday Party

Emily, Liz, Diana, and Sebastien at Teresa's 30th Birthday Party

TERESA, LINDSAY, ADAM, EMILY, AND LORI finally told LIZ about THE REVOLVING DOOR COMMUNE “FALLEN COMRADE” FUND last week, and she was so touched that she cried, saying it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for her.  We gave her the list of names of everyone who had donated and she was shocked to see both strangers on the list as well as people she hadn’t spoken to in a while.  She was also shocked by the amount of money we raised in four days!  We were at $1,139 on July 9th.

That money has already been put to good use, as it’s paid for cab fare for Liz and an escort to get to her doctor appointments, as well as for the visits themselves.

Saturday was both bad and a good for Liz.  Unfortunately, she found out that her sister-in-law, Missy, passed away after still unclear complications with her breathing.  Our hearts go out to her and to her brother and Missy’s husband, Jake, and their new little daughter Mia, as well as the rest of the family.  However, the day was partially good for two reasons.  First, her sister (and Commune Cohort), DOROTHY was visiting, so they could help each other cope with the news.  Secondly, they along with Emily went to Teresa’s 30th birthday party that night to take their minds off of the sad events, and ended up singing live jazz karaoke and having a great time!

The latest news, after a second appointment with a doctor today, is that Liz will not require surgery!  She’s apparently healing so well, that surgery is unnecessary.  However, her recovery time without surgery will be much longer, so she’ll be out of commission for FOUR MONTHS.  Still, this is great news!  She’s been fitted with a smaller cast (smaller than the one in the pic above) up to her knee that will allow her to begin putting pressure on the leg (and will allow her not to have to sit with her leg outstretched all the time!).

However, 4 months is a long time to be mostly immobile, and means that she won’t be able to really look for a job in that time.  Also, there are still plenty of doctor visits to come and more pain medication to purchase.

So we ask you to continue to be generous.  If you haven’t donated yet, please donate to The Fallen Comrade Fund!  The Fund has already been used to help her out immensely, and she’ll continue to need it throughout the next four months.  Also, join our Facebook group, where you can keep up wtih some upcoming fundraising events we’ve got planned for the coming weeks.

And to those of you who have donated – THANK YOU!  You’ve helped her so much by giving her both a financial and an emotional pick-me-up.

More news to come!

– Head Commune-ist

Published in: on July 14, 2009 at 5:33 PM  Comments (1)  
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Liz Update #1 – Evil Practical Jokes and Matching Funds

ADAM, LINDSAY, and TERESA went to visit LIZ at EMILY’S on Monday for the first time since her mishap.  She was in good spirits, and seemed more concerned about her girlfriend going to too much trouble over her than she was about her leg.  She was still in a lot of pain, though, and was quite relieved when it was time to take more oxycontin.  We hung out, had pizza and cupcakes, watched Twilight Zone episodes Emily had DVR-ed, and when the oxycontin kicked in Liz played the most evil practical joke on us!  We were all laughing raucously about something, when suddenly Liz reprimanded us by sternly saying, “Ow!  You guys!  Stop with the shrieking!  You’re hurting my head!”  We all got really quiet, sorry that we’d given her more pain than she was already going through.  After a few well-timed moments of silence, she chortled in a drug-induced haze and said “Ha!  I totally got you guys!  You totally thought I was mad!  Oh no!  Poor Liz!  We all better shut up now! hahahahahahahaaha….” 
Emily and Liz.  Someone recently asked why we hadn't yet posted a pic of Liz in her cast.  1) She doesn't know about this effort yet, and we're not going to post pics of laid up Liz w/out her permission. 2) When you look at car ads, they show you pics of the NEW car, not the piece of shit car you currently drive that you're trying to get rid of.  Just sayin'.  Salesmanship.  :) We prefer to show you what your donations will bring about, not what they'll get rid of.  So there.

Emily and Liz. Someone recently asked why we hadn't yet posted a pic of Liz in her cast. 1) She doesn't know about this effort yet, and we're not going to post pics of laid up Liz w/out her permission. 2) When you look at car ads, they show you pics of the NEW car, not the piece of shit car you currently drive that you're trying to get rid of. Just sayin'. Salesmanship. 🙂 We prefer to show you what your donations will bring about, not what they'll get rid of. So there.

Aaaaaaand, that’s our Liz.  Drugs, or no drugs.  🙂

Since then, she and her girlfriend have been freaking out about X-rays and getting referrals, and nausea (the pain medication still makes Liz nauseous, though she’s been eating more today, which is great!).  All the while, Liz knows nothing about what we’re doing. (we haven’t even let her read this blog!)  However, WE WANT TO TELL HER TODAY!  Thing is, we were hoping to go to her with a nice, chunky number.  Saaaaay $1,000.  At the beginning of this week, that seemed damn near impossible…

Well folks, we’re up to $750 and change! IN THREE DAYS!  Suddenly, $1,000 doesn’t seem like an unreasonable first goal.  As if that show of generosity weren’t enough, there are two people who have offered to match donations so that we can get to our $1,000 by the end of the day today!  Want to help us reach that goal?

Every dollar you donate by the end of the business day today (and that’s the business day wherever you are in the world – and yes, we can accept PayPal donations from abroad!) WILL BE DOUBLED so that we can reach our $1,000 goal! 

We’ll be telling Liz all about this tonight.  Anything we give her will be wonderful and unexpected and make her feel really good, but it would be so great if we could give her a figure that was four numerals long!  🙂 

If you were thinking about donating at all, today would be a really great day to do it.  If you were planning on giving, but can’t make the actual transaction today, send an email to revolvingdoorcommune@gmail.com, and let us know how much you’d like to pledge and when we might expect it.  That will count toward the matching today, too, as well as be included in the figure we’ll give to Liz when we surprise her!

And to those of you who’ve already donated, THANK YOU!  We’ve been amazed by the level of genrosity demonstrated, sometimes by complete strangers!  Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Head Commune-ist

Published in: on July 9, 2009 at 1:57 AM  Leave a Comment  
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EMERGENCY: The RDC Fallen Comrade Fund

LIZ: Someone THIS fiesty should NOT be off those glorious gams for long!

LIZ: Someone THIS fiesty should NOT be off those glorious gams for long!

And by Fallen Comrade, we mean that one of our Itinerant Artists literally fell down.  Yesterday, LIZ fell down some stairs at a party, resulting in her breaking her leg in three places (once in her tibia, and twice in her fibula for you science nerds out there).  She’s going to need surgery, though we’re not sure when that’s going to happen, and as she has no health insurance, her costs are going to be ENORMOUS.  She’s currently recuperating at EMILY’S place, as Emily has an elevator, and The Commune has many, many stairs.

This, coupled with her having a difficult time finding a job, trying to apply to schools, and the recent health scares in her family have all taken their toll on our poor Liz as she’s officially had one of the worst couple of weeks EVER.

But The Commune ain’t a commune for nothing, and we aren’t taking this lying down!  INTRODUCING THE REVOLVING DOOR COMMUNE FALLEN COMRADE FUND!  As Liz has no insurance, we’re trying to help raise funds to defray the coming costs as much as possible.  EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS.

If you enjoy this blog, if you feel invested in the Itinerant Artists, or even if you’re just really nice and want to lend a helping hand to a young woman in need, there are three things you can do:

1) DONATE to The RDC Fallen Comrade Fund!  We’ve set up a PayPal account to make it really easy to do.  There’s no amount too small – and of course, no amount too large.  All proceeds will go directly toward paying Liz’s medical costs as well as costs around the house (like rent, utilities, etc) that have just been made even MORE difficult to pay.

2) JOIN The RDC Fallen Comrade Fund Facebook Cause!  We’ve started a Cause on Facebook that will both accept donations as well as post information about planned fundraisers!  So far, there’s an Evening at The Albatross (Liz’s favorite bar in Astoria) and a Book Sale planned, and there will be more! So join the group and keep up with many opportunities to lend a helping hand or a helping dollar!

3) SPREAD THE WORD!  If you know of anyone who would be willing to help, feel free to spread the link to the Fund or the link to this blog entry around.  We at The Commune always been pleasantly surprised to see how willing strangers are to help someone in need whom they’ve never met.  Spread the links around, and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, too!  🙂

Times are hard for everyone these days, but dealing with huge medical costs ON TOP OF other financial concerns is even less fun.  Hopefully, between the Itinerant Artists, the Commune Cohorts, and people like you, Liz will make it through OK and come out on the other side not nearly as financially butt-raped as she would’ve been without the help!

We’ll be keeping you posted here at The Blog!  Thank you so much for whatever you can do!  And please keep Liz in your thoughts and prayers for an uberspeedy recovery…

– Head Commune-ist

Published in: on July 5, 2009 at 4:43 PM  Leave a Comment  
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