The party had a shark theme. I'm not sure why, it's pretty hard to get farther away from man eating sharks than Colorado
Today is the day of my grandsons fourth birthday party and since there's a lot of people coming over, most of whom I don't know, I'm fortunate that I'm living in the driveway of my daughter's house so I can come and go from the party whenever I please.
I've never liked being around crowds. I had to learn to deal with it when I was in the restaurant business but I never really enjoyed it I looked at it as just part of my job. Since my employees and I dressed in 1800s costumes, as did a lot of other people in Cripple Creek, I felt that entertaining the tourists that were in town for a good time was part of my job.
Sometimes I would go out into the dining room and give everyone a brief history of Cripple Creek including some of the weird laws we had in town such as it's illegal to be ugly in the city limits, and creeping or lurking is a misdemeanor. I also had a horse trough out in the yard where I would teach crowds of people how to pan for gold. And there was a group of guys that enjoyed dressing up like cowboys and putting on gunfights out in the yard which I would join in if I wasn't too busy.
So after years of doing things like that I became accustomed to being around crowds but it was never something I was completely comfortable with. But now that I get to enjoy my life the way I like I've reverted back to what's more normal for me, which is being happiest when I'm alone or around no more than a handful of people.
So I can spend time at my grandsons party for a while but it's comforting to know that the Arctic Fox, which is my little cocoon of solitude and happiness, is only a few feet away.
for safety reasons it was decided not to blindfold the kids hitting the piñata. There's a lot of videos on YouTube showing what can happen when you turn blindfolded kids loose with a baseball bat
blowing out the candles gets harder and harder every year. for my last birthday I had to use a fire extinguisher