"What does Charlene mean when she calls this a
Christmas surprise party?"
"I don't know," Dale said. "How
about you, Larry? Do you have any idea what's going on?"
"Carol didn't tell me anything," Larry said. "Dan, do you know?"
"No. Eileen just said to be here before nine."
As we walked down the beach toward BC's Beach Bar and
Bar-B-Q we could already hear the noise from the party. Bruce, who was manning
the door, met us at the beachside bar entrance.
mates," he said. "This is supposed to be a Christmas surprise party. The
surprise is that to get in you must be either carrying or wearing something that
pertains to Christmas."
"Hey, nobody said anything to us
about that," Dan said.
"Them's the rules, mate. Charlene's
Charlene walked over to check on
"What's going on?"
"We have a
bunch of guys here who claim they didn't know they had to bring or wear
something pertaining to
"Hey, I'm wearing this red and green shirt," Dan said. "And Eileen always
dresses like a Christmas tree. Does that count?"
"I guess so," Charlene said. "You can go
Dale, who thinks quickly, whipped out a cigarette
lighter, lit it and held it up.
"How about this, then?" he
"What is that supposed to
"A Christmas candle."
I grabbed my keys out of my pocket and started
"These are bells," I told her. "Christmas
"OK. You can go in."
fumbled around in his pocket, pulled out a pair of ladies underwear and held
"What is that supposed to be?" Charlene
"These are Carols'."