The party itself was a total blast, and gobs of cool people showed up. The weather was perfect, a sunny morning to warm up the pool and a cool afternoon so people could spread out all over the house and yard. I got to see, meet, chat, and flirt with hordes of great people, eat good food, play in the pool, watch firespinning, and take gobs of pictures in both visible light and IR. When it got late enough that the hosts were starting to worry about the noise bothering the neighbors, a fortuitous rainstorm chased us all inside. Shortly afterward, I left with deguspice and quietann, who had offered me crash space for the night.
The next day, I got to play with the rats (including 28 new babies!) and cats living there, then we headed back to roozle and sunspiral's for brunch. We had a nice time hanging out, and participating in the "figure out who all was at the party" ritual, which led to poring through photographs looking for crowd shots where we could identify people. Eventually, it was time to drive me back to the airport, and I flew back to Virginia, and after the usual delays getting out the airport, got back about the time fizzygeek was getting out of work, so we got to have a nice late dinner together.
People were divided on opinions on whether it was an actual bee (order Hymenoptera) or a bee fly (order Diptera). A little research after the fact made me discard bees and bee flies as culprits, along with hover flies, and finally decide it was probably a robber fly.
There were many interesting things to see at the party, including porcelaincat finding a nice perch:
A bevy of black-clad beauties posing (along with a crazed trowa_barton:
The enchanting plaidsheep also posing in her trademark style:
And some other colourful people:
People demonstrating feats of physicality:
And, of course, people taking and looking at pictures:
And, of course, some obligatory firespinning pictures (many taken at 1000µm infrared, thanks to gravitrue's letting me know that Fuji offered a UV and IR enabled DSLR, hence the odd colouration):