Boulder: Hotelephant’s ‘Mindful Bash’ New Year’s Eve Party Invite.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 29, 2008
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In nine years in Boulder, I’ve had two amazing New Year’s Eves and seven just-okay ones. That’s not a great percentage. Part of the problem: it’s hard to get a ton of good folks all in one place. Also, New Year’s Eves parties tend to be either too serious or too crazy—it’s one night of the year when I want to be both—I want to think about time passing, be with good people, and be loud and crazy. So, I’ve been asking around for a few weeks and it seems like there’s either super-pricey prix fixe dealies at my favorite restaurants or fun parties in too-small bars where most of my friends won’t be…So, finally, I’ve decided to pull the trigger on a DJ hot tub drinks dance house party. At my house. So please come and 1) go crazy 2) be mindful. If you do too much of one or the other, I’ll personally kick you out (or try to).

In that spirit, if you’d like to come please take a minute and read all the below, as I hope to host a Mindful Houseparty, not a Mindless one.

Click here for more info, and to RSVP (if you haven’t RSVPd on Facebook, and we’re too crowded, we’ll turn you away or ask you to come back).

Cover charge: $5 cover (to cover doorman, bartenders, DJ, set up and clean up). If you bike, walk or bus, $3 (if you drive, please make sure you have a designated driver). Children are welcome, and free. Free if you volunteer (which also then includes a drink on me—please let me know if you want to help or participate in any way).

You will only be admitted if you’re 1) dressed to the nines 2) wearing a mask 3) wearing pajamas and robe 4) just want to come in.

Cash bar: organic Vodka 14 martinis: suggested $5. Organic local microbrew suggested $3.

New Year’s Eve: Wednesday. 8pm to 1am. You will be forced out onto the cold, icy, dark streets at 2am. If anyone is coming from Denver, I can put you up on a couch / set you up with a friend’s guest room maybe.

Eco (superlow on conventional chemicals) Hot tub. DJ. Your friends and community.

Please bring your own Champagne, kazoos and un-eco tacky 2009 party hats–none will be provided. If you’d like to use the hot tub, it’s mandatory that you shower first–make up is hell on hot tubs, and I don’t want any manky boys in there who haven’t used Pangea or other in too long.

Shoes off. This is only a request, if you love your shoes, ladies, you can keep ’em on. This is an eco Buddhist thing. Only the front door will be accessible, due to the ol’cover charge thing, so please take your shoes off on the outside porch.

Hotelephant Address: …Again, please remember this is my home, so though it’ll be packed and crazy please be respectful, or I’ll lose my temper, kick you out, and have a horrible no good very bad night.



Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fitt,
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine:
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
Andgie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie waughs
For auld lang syne.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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