After my freshman year at UT Austin, I lived off campus and walked or rode my bike to school every morning. As a sophomore, the path from my house to campus took me past the Presbyterian Seminary that stood near the university. Every morning, asÂ I wentÂ by, I could smellÂ whatever they were cooking in the seminary dining hall, and being a poor college kid with limited cooking skills, I wondered how I could get in on that.
Well, one day, I smelledÂ chicken frying, and I couldn’t take it anymore. So I walked to their admissions office and asked if I couldÂ get a meal plan there. And they said, “Yes”!
So for a little over a year, I ate breakfast andÂ dinner everyday with the seminary students.
Now, I became friendly with most of them, despite the fact that I didn’t share their views on religion, but I didn’t really hang out with them beyond the dinner table.Â Well,Â on Halloween, a couple of the guys came up to me at dinner, and said I had to come to their Halloween party.
Well, this was Austin on Halloween! Did I want to spend it with a bunch of Presbyterian seminary students? No. I didn’t really want to, but to be polite, I agreed to stop by and make an appearance.
And oh their god!! I’m glad I did! The party was off the hook!
Instead of a jack o’ lantern,Â at the entrance, they had a fire burning inside a real longhorn’s skull that sat atopÂ a man’s bodyÂ that was holding a bloody butcher knife in each hand. Inside, the girls were scantily dressed, and they had ice chests full of booze and kegs worth of beer. The music rocked, and they played these drinking games where articles of clothing came off and all sorts of other fun stuff took place.
It was a complete surprise to me. But I suppose the fact that these people were about to turn their lives over to the lord motivated them, andÂ it was one of the funnest Halloween parties I’ve ever attended.
Have you ever been similarly surprised? Who have you encountered that’sÂ gone against your expectations? What, in your view, makes the best party?
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