Jester and I threw a Patrick Swayze-themed party Saturday night. Why? Because this is America, and it seemed like an awesome thing to do to remember a man five years after he became a real ghost.
Attendees were strongly encouraged, but not required, to dress up as any character from any Patrick Swayze movie or TV show. Only songs from Swayze movies or TV shows were played during the party. I made homemade Zima, which I dubbed SwayZima, although it tasted more like vodka and lemonade than anything else.
I even got a cake made for Jester featuring the climax of Dirty Dancing.
The whole night was great, although unfortunately Son was in bed by the time the party started, so I did not get a chance to put a baby in a corner.
There were some fantastic costumes from a variety of Swayze features. Because each costume was awesome in its own way, I can't really rank them, so I'm just going to go chronologically by movie or TV show.
1. Greasers (The Outsiders)
2. Socs (The Outsiders)
I didn't have the heart to tell Daughter and Lollipop that they were probably going to get shanked later.
3. Jed (Red Dawn)
4 and 5. Baby and Penny (Dirty Dancing)
Complete with a coat hanger for Penny. Hiyooohhhh!
6. Double Deuce staff (Road House)
No one seemed to notice the boot knives several guests were wearing.
7. Brad Wesley (Road House)
What an asshole.
8. Jimmy (Road House)
When I still had my throat.
9. Dalton (Road House)
Jimmy used to fuck guys like him in prison, which is probably why he didn't want to show his face.
10. Molly (Ghost)
Complete with homemade pottery. Several people who couldn't make it informed me they were in attendance as Sam from Ghost. That's either the best costume or the worst cop-out.
11. Chippendales (Saturday Night Live)
Everybody's working for the weekend. The sketch itself is embedded as well, for your viewing enjoyment.
12. Bodhi (Point Break)
If I had to choose a winner, this would probably be it.
13. Pappas (Point Break)
Your focus is probably on the Swayze-on-Swayze action in the foreground, not even realizing that Gary Busey is hanging out in the back, waiting to do what he and Utah couldn't do in the movie: kill Bodhi before the 50-Year Storm does.
14. Jack Crews (Black Dog)Both of these guys thought that this was obscure enough that no one else would possibly be coming as Jack Crews. Both were wrong about that, but right about their choice, driving gloves and all.