What Makes A Beer Friday?
The original equation went something like,
beer + studiomates + friday = x
Over time, the equation has morphed into something more like,
beer (bottles + growlers + kegs) + studiomates + great friends (neighbors + colleagues + clients + kids + out-of-towners) + video games (rocking + singing + dancing) + theme (costume + craft + movie) + friday = x
In both instances, x = Beer Friday, and while the equation may have, um, expanded over the past year, the heart of the matter is still very much the same. All that’s really necessary to the success of the formula is to get amazing people in a shared space with a shared motive of relaxing and having a good time. That’s really what our co-working space Studiomates is all about.
Now on to this particular, most recent, December 3rd Beer Friday…
Because I’d never seen it but was fairly certain I’d love it, we started the evening with a showing of TRON. It was everything I’d hoped for: outrageous outfits plus Jeff Bridges. Half way through the pic, the beers were flowing and the pizza had been ordered. After the credits rolled, Rock Band 3 came out of the cabinet. Something about singing and fake instrument playing really gets us going; we’ve perfected it. I challenge any video rock band in the world to go up against Friends of Studiomates. We had to tear ourselves away from the game so Rob could introduce us to the world of Kinect and Dance Central. OH MY SCIENCE! I literally squealed when he started controlling the menu by nothing more than the wave of his hand. Like science fiction meets Sparkle Motion, we battled to Poker Face, and now I’m 100% hooked.
When we dumped a box of turtlenecks and jumpers (what our British guests call sweaters) on the table, ugly sweater portraits ensued. My mom overnighted a box of 15 or so items from the thrift store in my hometown. At $2 apiece, the shipping cost more than the actual items, but it was totally worth it. Everyone cracked up trying on different looks, and we ended up with these AMAZING photos from the un-freaking-believably-awesome Erin Sparling!
I donned sequin poinsettias while Tina (@swissmiss) rocked the incredible gold-spangled top Jessica brought me as a gift. Very Dynasty! You’ll see this in a “nothing-new post” soon.
WORKSHOP’s founders and my best friends: Josh (@josh_stewart), me (@jessiarrington), and Creighton (@cr8tonmershon). Josh shows off “The Vermonter” while Creighton opts for the 90s Gap Multi-brown-stripe.
We couldn’t figure out what this black-and-white, pearl-encrusted, mohair mess was, but our British guest of honor Simon (@colly) looked smashing in it. If this doesn’t become his new speaker bio photo, then I don’t know what.
What good looking guys! This is the illusive Mr. Sparling (@everyplace) in the lower left. He’s not really that illusive, but he is always behind the camera! He’s joined by Greg (@gregwood), Simon, Creighton, Russ, and Chris. Greg now owns this sweater because he felt such a strong connection to it.
You wouldn’t believe the crazy amount of static cling two of these sweaters can produce. Megan (@meganborn) and Jason demonstrate.
Sarah (@dalsimer) and Josh have the look of love. These newlyweds are too damn cute!
I don’t completely understand why, but jumping in ugly sweaters makes for really fun photos. The sweater vest worn by Sunny (@sunnyny) in the front is my actual sweater vest. In fact, most of my sweaters would probably fit in with this shoot.
Our friend and neighbor Aaron (@carambula) was a bit embarrassed to trade sweaters with me, but I think he looks great, don’t you?
Jessica and Jennifer (@jennspeaks) combine the prom pose with the “let’s look into our future” gaze. Breathtaking.
I know what it’s like to have a monkey on your back, but what’s it like for a monkey to have a girl on his back? Christina (@christinabklyn) and Chris.
Thanks, mom, for sending us a box o’ holiday fun.
Tons more portraits can be found on Flickr.
Our “photo shoot” was followed by more Dance Central, and then the crowd cried out for Rock Band! By the end of the evening, the game dissolved into group sing, as per usual. Everyone stands around screaming lyrics, and those who were the shyest at the beginning of the evening are usually the loudest. I like to look around and catch a studiomate’s eye for a moment of, “Isn’t this the best?”
After a very slow Saturday, I came back to the studio on Sunday and decided to play Dance Central again. I found it’s not nearly as fun without beer or friends, nor am I nearly as good. But I suppose there in lies the magic of Studiomates in general. Everything’s better when you share it with friends.
I love my studiomates and all the wonderful friends and pastimes we share. At this very moment, there’s a group gathered in the conference room eating lunch and listening to records on our new player. I get a warm, cozy feeling just knowing that.