Nothing ever comes easy
You wouldn’t believe me if I told you…but I’m going to anyway
This is a cocktail party I did in Marchl of 2009. The first I had at my house in Venice Beach. This was by far one of the most memorable nights I have ever had. I had 65 people attending and it was a huge success with the most crazy road to get there.
I am by far one of the most organized people there are when it comes to my work, which is why I can pull of the toughest of parties almost single-handed. The morning of the party I woke at 6 am to start making massive amounts of cream puffs. Now, it had been a while since I had made pate a choux, the French pastry dough that cream puffs are made from and it didn’t start off well. I was doing a chocolate cream puff for the first time and for some reason my first 2 batches of dough were runny and didn’t puff. I start to get flustered and realize I need to go buy more eggs. In a rush I go running to my front door and trip over a cord. I go flying head first into the door and knock myself a little cuckoo…and out of my shoes. I sit stunned for a few minutes and finally make it to the store.
Cream puffs are done. My headache starting to subside a bit. I look through my prep list and decided I am going to do start the fritters. In my so called organization, I have forgotten to buy the milk and enough eggs for the fritters. Back to the car, being careful not to trip on cord again. I am starting to just panic a little bit in that sort of “if this is what my day is like, how is my evening going to go”? Can I pull it off? I get that out of my head and just focus on the task at hand.
Jump ahead 3 hours. It is now 4 in the afternoon and I am at a cleanup point. Everything is organized and ready to go. Kitchen counters are clean and cleared of all clutter. It is now time for a good sweeping and mopping before I take a load off and sass myself up for the evening. As I am standing in the middle of my kitchen, not touching a thing, I hear a loud popping sound at the same time all my electronics in the house make crazy static like noises. A split second later I feel what seemed like a bolt of super charged energy go shooting straight through my chest. It knocks me to my knees and knocks the breath out of me. I know I have just been electrocuted, but have zero idea how. Every muscle in my body starts to tense up and within a minute I hear sirens. I am thinking to myself in all the confusion “how did they know?” It was at this moment the power went out. I walk outside my gated yard and into the street. I live on a fairly busy corner in residential Venice and it was filled with people, fire engines, police, and stopped cars. I am obviously standing there with a “WTF” look on my face and everyone that sees me starts pointing behind me.
What I saw next was straight out of a movie and still seems like a dream. There were flames and black smoke shooting a hundred feet into the sky…about 25 yards from my house. The house I had just moved into 3 weeks earlier. The house that I had 65 people coming to in less than 3 hours. A house 2 doors down in the alley had caught fire. I run down the street to make sure that my neighbors were okay and return to my house to sit and wonder if this was going to be a huge disaster. Will the power come back on? Am I going to have a heart attack because my muscles are so tense right now I can barely breath? After about an hour and half the question was “is the power ever going to come back on?”
I go outside to check with the power company and also to ask them why I got electrocuted standing in the middle of my kitchen while not touching a thing. What had happened is that the house had caught on fire and burned down the power lines from the transformer. They fell and hit a chain link fence and sent a giant surge of power through the area…that just decided it was going to ground on me. Twenty minutes later the power comes back on. I get dolled up in my best apron and high heels and throw what was one of my best parties ever. The evening could not have gone any better and I couldn’t have been happier…or sorer. It took a lot of muscle relaxants to get me through the next few days, but the head injury, the electrocution, the annoying trips to the store were all worth it to see the smiles on my guests faces.