Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Oshkosh Aquatic House Party

There are not many things as great or greater than going up North for a weekend of debauchery with the good ole' boys from Freedom, WI.

Some of my friends go to University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, so Friday night I made the 3 hour trek to go up to drink like a fish and make an ass out of myself. It always feels really weird when you're 23 years old, and return to a college town to party like your 19 again.

As is college weekend tradition I went to one of those good old fashioned basement parties where you're jammed into some dark basement. With all the classic components: exposed heating vents, an old beat up furnace, a coin operated washer and dryer, a keg tucked in the back corner and girls in tube tops with those tattoos in the middle of their back that one of my buddies calls "slut stamps".

I've been to many of these parties in my years as a college student, but nothing can compete with this party I was at on Friday. The students in Oshkosh are on a whole nother level than anyone at Marquette or any college for that matter.

This house was one of your classic run down college houses, which really is nothing new, but with one major difference.....

The night before the basement of the house completely flooded.

Most sane people would say, "that sucks that the basement is flooded, now we're not going to be able to have a party." But not in Oshkosh.

I'm still not sure how I got talked into going to this party but next thing I know I was being handed a red plastic cup and venturing into some random underage kid's basement. The second I walked down the first step I looked down at the scene going on and was dumbfounded.

The entire basement was flooded with about 4 inches of water, yet people were still rocking out like everything was perfectly normal and somehow appeared to be enjoying the ridiculousness of the whole thing.

The guys who lived in the house really put a lot of thought into throwing this party too and I really have to hand it to them. They put a few wooden boards in at the entrance of the basement to kind of ease you into the fact that in seconds you would be up to your ankles in rank, run down college house, flood water. It was kind of like the story of Noah's Ark but without the ark. Just a bunch of animals drinking while submerged in water.

You'd look off in a corner and see some couple making out against a wall while splashing each other. Then you look at the other side of the basement and see the idiot running the keg kicking water at everyone in line trying to get a beer. Girls dancing to "Get Low" by Lil' John and the Eastside boys while wearing water wings.

To the window to the wall, there was water everywhere. It was hideous.

Congratulations Oshkosh. You are something else.