This past week went by rather quickly, with many events to end it. Friday evening was Barksdale AFB’s Oktoberfest celebration! They had a live polka band from Dallas, tents set up on the lawn, and rows and rows of long tables with fancy chairs to dine on the very German cuisine. I wore my dirndl from Germany, which has a beautifully embroidered bodice and skirt. The apron is a cream color and has delicate hand-sewn lace blooms; It really is a beautiful garment. Devin wore his lederhosen and a new shirt I helped him pick out at the thrift store earlier in the day. He needed something a little more teutonic than a plain dress shirt. There was one other older lady in a dirndl similar to mine, but in a brown color without the lace up bust. Details, details.
The music was playing and I very much wanted to dance. Naturally, none of the guys wanted to dance because “they didn’t know how”, or were scared that my beau would have a problem with it. Sissy boys. I asked a very handsome, gutsy pilot in my B-52 class if he would like to dance, and he agreed. I had a feeling he would’ve. He didn’t know how to polka, but I agreed to lead. When “Schützenliesl” began, he exclaimed, “We’re just dancing in a circle!” Towards the end, he started to get it. I must have puzzled him: “How do you know this song?” What fun! I thanked him profusely and he admitted he had a good time! However, I must admit that I missed Larry quite a bit. Last year I threw an Oktoberfest party at the Officer’s Club at Randolph AFB & we also went to Wurstfest in New Braunfels, TX. Larry sure knows how to dance, dress, speak and drive me crazy like a true Kraut! But of course, let’s not forget Devin, who was a great sport to accompany me and we had a fantastic time. I did lose the costume contest to an older lady in a rather awful $14.99 Halloween special. Total nepotism! I managed to take home a prize anyway; I think it made the other ladies a bit tiffed. It’s all in good fun! Everyone who dressed up deserved a prize in my opinion, especially pretty ladies. Es macht nichts!