Z-Day party, June 11th

More fun than spending the day on the beach in Normandy

June 8th will be Zab's Birthday, we'll be celebrating it the evening of June 11th.

After years of telling people how to get here with "You'll know you missed it when you get to the bridge" I wrote up a detailed set of directions that work quite well, if you follow them. In the Santa Cruz mountains every house looks different, so they end up all being the same. You can't see the addresses, so they don't do you any good. Follow the link below for my directions:


Please park in the pullout south of my house and don't block the neighbor's cars. We try to keep the driveway clear to make it easy for folks with large objects to unload, and for folks with mobility challenges. If you can legally park in a handicapped spot, you're most welcome to use the driveway.

PG-E is reserving space in the pullout for new power poles. They shouldn't need access during the party, but you may need to park in the neighborhood up El Solyo Hts road if the pullout fills up.

At the moment, I have no idea how many people are going to show up. It could be 4, or it could be 24. This makes planning pretty tough.

If you think you may make it, please send an email to
and tell me the probability that you'll show,
how many people you'll be bringing (including yourself),
and what food, or beverage, you'll be bringing.

Even if you've RSVP'd elsewhere, if you may make it please email me this info so that I have everything in one place.
If you think you may show up, please send me an email. I prefer email to phone calls, especially at the last minute because when I'm way behind in my cleaning and cooking, having to stop to answer the phone interrupts what I'm doing. If you need an answer to a question right away, then go ahead and call.

If you think you know what you'll be bringing, please let me know, and I'll try to post it here so others will know what to bring that'll complement what we've already got planned.

If you can give someone a ride, or need a ride, let me know, and I'll try to pass the info on.



Zab's Birthday Party

There will be dancing, but you don't have to dance to have fun.
If you want to learn some easy basic dancing, and can get to San Francisco the night before, check out Friday Night Blues.

Dance Floor
My dance floor has been repaired and expanded.

Links to info about parties gone by.

Guests are not required, or even expected to dance. I've had people not show up at parties before because "it's a dance party and I don't dance". That is silly, this is a birthday party where dance music will be played. You don't have to have a birthday, or be a dancer or musician to show up. You aren't even required to have fun, but if you don't you may be severely ridiculed, so that others can have fun at your expense.

Speaking of music, sources of dance music are greatly appreciated, particularly djs and musicians.

More, some redundant, details to be edited later

Who will be there
Who will be at the party? Due to my many and varied interests, I have a very eclectic social circle. There will be geeks, dancers, racers, martial artists, musicians and all of the above. Hence the nexus book: http://red4est.com/party/nexus.html which was started at a birthday party about ten years ago.

While children are not banned from the party, the house is somewhere between "not child friendly" and "downright child surly". It is between a highway and a cliff. Many of my toys are fragile, others are sharp and dangerous, and while getting drunk is by no means the point of this party, there will be various odd folk wandering around in varying states of oddness and sobriety.

We don't have babysitters to watch children and keep them out of trouble, so if you bring them you do so at your, and their, own risk. The birthday girl would be delighted though, if someone brought a baby to cuddle who isn't yet mobile enough to get into breakables or wander off cliffs. She is a fan of babies! She is also a fan of kids, as long as she doesn't have to be the eyes watching to prevent disasters during the party.

Who to Bring
Who can you bring? See above. Both about the the diversity of people expected, and misbehaving children.

What to Bring
What should you bring? Food and drink are always welcome. I encourage people to bring a small amount of something wonderful, rather than a large amount of something less than wonderful. I have a fair amount of cheap booze that was brought to previous soirees and pretty much ignored.

Good food, and creative food are appreciated. If many people express interest, I can fire up the milk shake press and we can make milkshakes, in which case, icecream, milk and yummy things to put in milkshakes are appreciated.

Some may remember from previous events that Larry is not a fan of chocolate. Zab, however, is very much a fan of good quality dark chocolate, and it is her birthday. So go ahead and bring chocolate delicacies!

Food and Drink
This party is rather short notice and improvisational. There will definitely be food there, we haven't decided what. Guests are encouraged to bring something yummy.

If you bring chocolate Zab likes dark chocolate, around 70-72% chocolate, never with fruit, and no milk chocolate.

Crash Space
You are welcome to spend the night if you want. We enjoy a good pajama party. While some bedding is available, it's advisable for you to bring some if you think you might spend the night.

The road between the parking area and my house can be a bit dark, so it would be good to bring a flashlight. Also note that sometimes poison oak grows near to the trail, and a light can help you avoid it.

If you can offer rides to and from the party, please let me know.

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