Maria Gates 50th Birthday Bash
August 14, 2004

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No, Maria is not 50 yet, although by the time you read this page she may have turned 50 on her Official Birthday which is September 9th. She had her 50th Birthday Bash before the actual event because she has very little patience and always wants to get a jump on things. At least that is my explanation since she is not here to defend herself.

Perry put on a hell of a good party in a short period of time. You've got to remember that only a week before they were buying up all the trinkets in Ecuador or Peru or someplace like that down in South America (See Story Here). Perry did a great job and probably spent a little more than my 50th Party which cost me a couple of grand at least. 

He went and got 35 lobsters, some crabs, shrimp, mussels and crawdads (mini lobsters) and we all got sick eating too much good stuff. 

Here are some photos of the party. The pithy captions are my own. They may or may not represent the truth but if you wanted the truth you wouldn't have stopped at my website now, wouldja?

(as usual, click on the little picture to see the big picture)

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Yep, she's surprised. And jazzed. 
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This photo has been moved up here out of sequence so the lady who made the plate can find it quickly and will not have to search. 

There's a story here but I don't remember what it is.

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Oh my, that Perry sure can cook!
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This is not what it looked like at 10:00 pm. 
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"Oh, Hiiiiiii !!!!!"

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Lots of hugs were thrown around.
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These candle bags came in very handy after dark when we started falling down the deck stairs.
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These guys are joined at the hip. Really. I wouldn't lie about this. 
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We're waitin' for her to shed more shirt. 
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This is a present. It is also the Alien Warning Receiver Antenna that Maria gets to wear on her ass, later in the evening. 
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There were too many cute little people to count. 
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Somebody didn't tell him he had a lily on his head. 
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Chef Jacobs preparing crustaceans. 
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Just boil for fifteen minutes in a hot tub and ...
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Matt plays "Toss the Mom"
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"Are we having fun, yet?"
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Damn candles don't float too well.
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Maybe it takes a woman's touch.
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The cakes.
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"Just put your lips together and blow."
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What the 'hood looks like at night.
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What a table looks like after a few carnivores destroy a mess of crustaceans.
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Carnivores beating the snot out of dead crustaceans.
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"I don't have a drinking problem."
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Soon she will have the whole world in her hands.
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Maria put this bow on her butt and started picking up signals from Pluto. (the dog, not the planet.)
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Nowell lets Bill hold his camera. A first, caught on film. Story at 11.
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Yeah, Perry is happier. He's not going for a swim at 212 degrees. 
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Sid. It's what's for Dinner!
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Everyone got a sarong to wear as well as a t-shirt that commemorated the day. 


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