24 October, 2007

The Biggest Birthday Party I Have Ever Been To


When the French have a party, they sure don't skimp on anything. Our friend Geoffroy celebrated his 30th birthday last weekend with his friend Stephan, who was conveniently born on the same day in the same year as Geoffroy. They invited 50 of their friends and then rented a big house in the countryside to accommodate all of us. They spent the week cooking and preparing everything....even and orientation race. See, Geoffroy is a big mountaineer, so the weekend wouldn't be complete without some outside fun. Geoffroy designed and marked the orientation course, handed out maps, compasses and split all fifty people into teams. It lasted about two hours and was followed by 4 rounds of finals. There were four people to a team, so each team chose 1 person for each activity.

THE BOTTLE GAME: The first round was the wine bottle balance thing, I have no idea what else to call it. It is explained in pictures below.

First you balance on two wine bottles like so. You can't see it too well, but you do have a barrier (the piece of wood) for your feet so that you can't move them forward. The object is to move one of the bottles as far forward as you can, without throwing it, then balancing on the remaining bottle and somehow finish standing up, without falling or letting any part of your body touch the ground. Then you get stuck like this and think oh crap, it's like push ups on wine bottles.
If you are lucky enough to descend on the bottles, you usually contort your face something like this and cast your gaze way ahead of you setting your goals way too high:
ohhh, don't let it fall:
Oh .... or more like ahhhhhh....trying to actually push up with both hands on one wine bottle proved nearly impossible:The End, and mostly the end was failure ;) But how sweet it was.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Geoffroy said...

Nice pictures. It was very funny to watch this behaviour.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Jn said...

Wow! I wish I were there...

7:11 PM  
Blogger Violaine said...

Nice pics ! When will you try to write your posts in French ?

8:04 PM  

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