Eat beforehand and booze always tastes like booze.
Friday night's Impact Arts and Film Fund/National Journal/The Atlantic/Funny or Die First Amendment Party, a White House Correspondents Association pre-party festivity underwritten by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Siemens, Volkswagon and José Andrés' catering operation, sure was fun! I did things like stand around, scream into very nice people's ears (because every D.C. party, regardless of who's in attendance or what anyone actually wants, has a soundtrack that is only pleasing to people starring in car commercials targeting 16-21 year olds) and consume very nice people's food and beverages. I'm not sure if I was supposed to make new friends or shoot photos of celebrities or say mean things about journalists to celebrities or say mean things about celebrities to journalists or say nothing, so I just smiled a lot.
I smiled at all sorts of people. People in suits, people that gave out wristbands, people wearing VW blue T-shirts, people walking around with tiny food, people serving drinks, people serving drinks to females that are male and think they have a chance of scoring with those females, people that write important things and people that are on televisions. All types of people. I also took photos with some people.
I didn't learn too much but here are some facts and musings I'm taking away from my first WHCD pre-party experience.
I came hungry and left hungry, so I will eat before the next party. I drank alcohol and even though it was all in close proximity with people seen on TV, the booze tasted pretty much the same. Everyone was nice -- this is Washington after all, where people are at least pretending to be nice and smile for the camera when prompted.
I used the Capital Bikeshare instead.
Though he wasn't in attendance, Newt Gingrich didn't have a good time.
Though he wasn't in attendance, Rick Perry had a blast.
This is what a 'VIP Room' 90 minutes into a party held in the former Borders space at 18th and L streets NW looks like.
Damian Kulash was nice.
Adam Savage was nice. I didn't talk to the guy staring over my left shoulder.
Richard Kind was nice to me.
Woody Harrelson was nice.
Rosario Dawson was nice.
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