"You’ll have a ball in Paris. You’ll go to a party every night, drink nothing but champagne, swim in perfume and a new love affair every hour on the hour."
"You got that swag sauce, you drippin' swagu."
No truer words spoken, Fred and Kanye. Thanks for summing up our lives.
Since the truth of the matter is that I haven't seen 80% of my coworkers in anything but a t-shirt, we decided to have a night where we would get all dressed up and go to a fancy cocktail bar. And so a tradition was born: our First Annual Winter Formal!
Everyone was instructed to arrive strictly on time at our apartment and were allowed entrance only after saying the password. ("Let them eat cake")
There were hats and suits, dresses and heels, ties and tuxes, even two top hats.
We originally had an even number of guys and girls, but due to some last minute cancellations, two lucky ladies would have TWO dates. Congratulations were in order to Sadie and Ellen for securing double date status.
Up next - the vote for Winter Formal King & Queen. Votes were cast for "most formal" and counted 5-6 times just to be sure. Jillian announced our Winter Formal King, Mr. Gil Soltz!! And for Winter Formal Queen, a shocking shake-up, as Jillian announced: "For the first time in Fat Tire Winter Formal history...we have...a tie!!!"
Drum roll please....
The royal family, in all our royalty.
Official press photo
Please meet Cedric and Stéphane, our luxurious furs. Jillian was kind enough to lend Cedric to me for the evening, as there is no better time to adorn yourself in jewels and fur than Winter Formal.
That's our king, keepin' it real.
There were three favorite moments of the evening:
1. When the surly bouncer from upstairs suddenly started dancing and handing out candy
2. When "All That Jazz" came on, and everyone instantly stopped what they were doing to perform their own rendition of the Chicago hit, as if it was the only natural thing to do.
3. One of our guides, Max, agreed to eat two raw eggs if we agreed to have "Max Week" where we would dress and act like him for a full week. (Max Week is currently in full effect.)
Overall, it was a huge success and widely agreed upon to have been one of the most fun evenings we've ever had as a group, to go down in the books. We greatly look forward to next year's Winter Formal. There are even talks of a Spring Formal, in case we can't wait.