Saturday night was to be the piece de resistance: the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Club Fred. The club was packed that night with patrons in scantily clad costumes to celebrate All Hallows Eve for the first time in the new club. I had painstakingly prepared for this ceremony by painting a large pair of old hedge trimming shears with gold paint and stretching a beautiful golden ribbon across the dance floor. I had asked DJ Jesse, “The Legend”, to call up Fred and Randi to officiate and I handed over the microphone and the golden shears to Fred. He then approached the golden ribbon, made a short speech, and attempted to cut the ribbon. Unfortunately, the ribbon remained intact. After an unsuccessful second attempt, he proclaimed, “I’m sure my staff tested this prior to asking me up here.”, which of course I hadn’t. At that point, “The Legend” sprang into action, grabbed a pair of scissors from the DJ booth and by the time he was completing his third attempt, swooped down and cut the ribbon. I’m pleased to say that the rest of the weekend went off without a hitch.
I still look back on the events of that Halloween with a great deal of fondness. If I had to do it all over again, I think I might have sharpened those damn hedge trimmers, but other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Until next time, keep your trimmers sharp and watch your acid levels, dudes.