Gil's Party: Super Duper Fly
Well, 48 hours out from Gil's birthday bash, and no one here at the VC can think about anything else. Or at least, I can't. You'll be able to read about it tomorrow AM in the Reliable Source. The party has definitely been a topic of conversation in the locker room, and not just because of my instigating. James Lang asked if I was going to the party, and said I should ask Gil for an invite. I told A.D. that I thought my invite was probably still in the mail. He agreed, pointing out that mail delivery is notoriously slow around the holidays. And media members were talking about the party's celebrity-spouting Web site.
"His birthday party has a Web site," radio play-by-play guy Dave Johnson marveled. "My last birthday party didn't even have a site. You ever have a Web site for your birthday?" he asked TV color guy Phil Chenier.
"There weren't computers when I was that age," Chenier pointed out.
I was still a little confused about the dress code. Gil said black tie, but the Web site says "Super Duper Fly," so I asked some of the Wiz to define Super Duper Fly.
"How Caron dress," Caron Butler explained. I asked for some more specifics.
"I can't give that out," Caron said, "because Gilbert....Let me tell you about Gilbert real quick, off the record."
I insisted that I would not do an off-the-record interview.
"You can go on the record, but I'll just say 'off the record,'" Caron relented. "[Gilbert] steals my fashion. Everything I wear, he steals. Everything. We go through the same designer. You know, my wife designs my stuff. Me and her sit down, we go through fabrics and everything, we put outfits together, and he steals the styles. Ask him, he'll tell you the truth. He steals the styles.
"Hey Gilbert!" he yelled across the locker room. "Hibachi! Where he at? Where Gilbert at? Man. It's the truth, though. True story."
In fact, fashion thefts aside, everyone was pretty much on lock-down when it came to their outfits for Friday night.
"I can't tell you," Andray Blatche said. "Top secret, top secret."
"Can't say," DeShawn Stevenson said. "But I'm wearing something nice, though. You can't get in without a grown-man look."
"I don't get into all that, man," Brendan Haywood said. "Hey, I'm gonna look nice, and I'm gonna pick it out 30 minutes before I go. C'mon man, that's female stuff, sitting around for two or three weeks, trying to decide the perfect outfit. Are you serious?"
James Lang was the only one who would describe his outfit. Rookie. Never describe your Super Duper Fly outfit to a blogger.
"Kind of like this mint green dress shirt, nice khaki slacks, some brown gators, a Kangol, something like that," he said.
Of course, in another party faux pas, Lang also said that he'd be asking Diddy for his autograph.
"I sure will," he said. "I'll have my pen and paper with me."
Rookie. I asked Butler if this would be the best D.C. social event of the year.
"Easy," he said. "Besides Howard Homecoming. This is the second-best thing....I was at the mall the other day buying a pair of boots for my daughter, and they was just like, 'You going to Gilbert's party?' I was like, 'Yeah, you?' It's like a big thing out here. Can't wait to see the city there. They just stand outside and look at everybody coming in, like the MTV awards."
Everyone in the locker room had heard this would be a million-dollar party, so there was all sorts of speculation about what exactly that entailed, and whether it was worth it.
"I've never actually spent money on a birthday party, nor will I ever," Haywood said. "Me, I can't spend a lot of money on something I'm not gonna be able to have touch or see, or that's gonna make me some money the next day."
"I'm a family guy; you can put a bunch of my family members together and get me there, and I'll be happy," Mason said. "To get everybody together, to me that's priceless. But a million-dollar party, that probably is, too."
A million-dollar party that's priceless. Love it.
DeShawn Stevenson gets the final word.
"It better be good," he said. "He's spending a million dollars. It better be the best party in the United States of America."
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