Sunday, March 11, 2007

straight-up karaoke

Six days after the failed attempt at finding a karaoke bar, I organized a pre-meditated karaoke outing with coworkers.

Google Local said the only place that offers karaoke in Mountain View is the "King of Clubs", a gay bar. I selected it as the evening's destination.

"Why are we going to a gay bar?" said one coworker.

"I've been there," Galileo said. "The focus is on karaoke. Don't worry, no one will hit on you."

"The next closest place is 15 minutes away by car," I said. "Come on, we won't know anyone there. We'll just go and sing. It'll be fun!"

That evening, after arriving at the squat one-story club, we approached the door just behind a group of three. They turned around, and I recognized one of them as a Googler.

"Niniane!" she said happily. "I didn't know you were coming tonight! I've never seen you at these events before."

"What events?" I said.

"Aren't you here for the Gayglers get-together?"

Gayglers is the gay, lesbian, and transgender group at Google.

My coworkers and I spent the evening sitting in a red leather booth. Periodically Googlers came in and greeted us with surprise. "I didn't see you respond to the RSVP on the Gayglers list today!" "We're so glad you came out to join us tonight!" etc.

At first, we would say, "No, it's a coincidence, we just came out with our team to sing karaoke." But after a while, we gave up and just mumbled, "Yes, great to see you too."

...

We petitioned Galileo all evening to sing for us. In college, he double-majored in computer science and opera. After an hour of prompting, he treated us to this delight.

That soundtrack you hear -- the music which resembles a professional record -- is actually him singing.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you lesbian?

Bruce said...

CS + Opera.. an unusual combination for sure.

Anonymous said...

You know how I know that you're gay?

Anonymous said...

uh oh. looks like the number of people asking you to marry them just doubled.

Anonymous said...

"The truth shall set you free."
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纯粹的胡扯淡。

世界永无真相。

也许世界上就一个孤零零的“你”,你所经历的一切都是你的MIRROR而已。当你“死”去时,又出现另外一个“你”。

无中生有……一生二,二生三,三生万物是也……

色即是空,空即是色…

要问什么是真相:去看《庄周梦蝶》便是……