Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Hen Saturday Night
Dinner at Mozaika. The conversation over aperitifs was mostly about sex and then it went downhill from there. By the end of the meal, we were playing “shag, marry or push off a cliff.”
Nina had made up a task list for the bride-to-be. Abby accomplished her first task while we were still at the restaurant. (1) a kiss from a barman. Juicy went to speak to the barman: “You. Table.” I explained to him what Abby was after and he obliged.
We moved on to an area of the Old Town which has at least two cocktail bars on every block. Our first stop was Bar Zero but it was too packed so we went to Parker’s but it was too empty so we went to Ocean Drive and it was just right. There Abby very quickly accomplished her next two tasks. (2) a man’s phone number and (3) a cigarette.
I agreed to help Abby with the next tasks. We approached 4 fairly handsome English blokes. (4) a photograph of a hairy chest. After Abby took the photograph the lads asked what else was on the list. (5) a fireman’s lift. The one with the slightly hairy chest picked Abby up and threw her over his shoulder.
(6) a photograph of a lipstick kiss on a bald man’s head. We called the man over to our table. I handed Abby my dark lipstick. The man was a little bit suspicious and a little bit rude but he let Abby kiss his head and we got the photograph.
Abby walked over to the bar on her own for the next task: (7) a drink from a gentleman. She started talking to two Taiwanese men. They bought her a piña colada and Abby confounded them with her knowledge of Taiwanese politics.
We moved on to Alcohol Bar. I hate sweet and sticky drinks but I had one because it was called Ještěrka Max (Lizard Max). I tied the cherry stem into a knot with my tongue.
Juicy took my notebook and wrote me a note:
Juicy would like to thank Max for the moment in her blog. What a lovely weekend. Sadly all men in Prague seem to be gay. There goes my tour of the EU nations. Last week was Switzerland, the week before was Belfast. Now Gayville. How disappointing. Am very up for it. Max has a broken showerhead off the wall – where is my potential husband loves…disappointing. Max is always fulfilled. As sister of the hen the choice should be mine. The music is Enrique, Kylie and the rest, the drink is strong and the men are invisible. Sad and inexplainable. Bless George Clooney in Ocean’s 11. All my love to Auntie Max. Juicy xx
Then we went to Parker’s. Flaming B-52s. (8) an item of clothing. Abby got two different men to take off their shirts so she could put them on. (9) a raunchy photo. Abby sat on the knee of one of the topless men for the photo. (10) a condom. Abby asked but they did not have. We moved on to Bombay Bar.
When it was very nearly 4.30 a.m. we left to go home. Jono and I were walking a little bit ahead, and next thing we knew, we heard some shouting and Juicy appeared to be about to get into a fight. Abby had gone up to a random African man in the street and asked, “Do you have a condom?” I don’t think the poor man was really used to drunk Irish girls and he jumped to the conclusion that she was a whore. He said he did not have a condom and he put his hand in the back of her jeans. Abby pushed him away calmly and everything was fine.
Then Abby told Juicy, but just to make conversation. “That guy just tried to put his hands down my trousers.” Juicy went mental. Irish, ginger, drunk and over-protective of her elder sister. Jono and I were called upon to defuse the situation. Jono took the harder job: Juicy. I had a little chat with our African friend and eventually he calmed down and went away. I went to help Jono with Juicy because she is a bloody handful. And then suddenly the African came back for more. I calmly but firmly explained to him why he had to go away again and he finally did.
I called a cab so the 4 grown-up ladies could get home quickly; Jono and Juicy walked.