Steve had known that they were getting together at Shish with "a few friends" as they often do when Darlene's daughter, Fritha, performs there. (Fritha is a professional Middle-Eastern dancer who performs under the name "Farida".) He didn't know, however, that this was to be a birthday party, or that "a few friends" would amount to twenty friends, neighbors, and relatives.
Georgie produced a delicious lemon cake, decorated with a parody of one of Steve's own art works, "Transmigration." You can see the original here:
--and then imagine the floating rocks transformed into cupcakes and ice cream cones--. Both Steve and Darlene were very pleased with the results.
We had a very pleasant evening, enjoying a chance to talk to some friends we usually only get to gasp out a few words to while galloping to one WisCon event or another. It's also always a treat to see Fritha dance. The food at Shish (Mediterranean with a Syrian accent) was good as always, although service was slow due to our large party and the Saturday crowd. (Evidently, the dancing brings them in!)