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130--California: Tiki Prom 2003
@ CherieSpotting     Jun 01 2003 - 12:15 PST
cherie writes: Prom Night. Fourteen years after our original prom, we relived it again! A group of neighbors in San Digeo got together to host the very first Tiki Prom. Smoke floated through the air as tiki torches brought a soft light to the magical evening. They went all out with food, a bar, and even a DJ.

Just like our real prom (in May 1989) Jean, Chris and I, all got "ready" together. But this time instead of searching for "the perfect dress" at South Coast Plaza, we picked our gowns and accessories from the racks of local thrift shopes.

This year turned out to be quite a bit less expensive:
Jean: pink fluffy skirt $25, plastic leaves 14, tiki necklace $2--total: $41
Chris: green dress $10, gold pumps $10, lace socks (free...in the try-on bin!) total: $20
Cherie: Blue velvet dress $4, matching purse $1, fur-lined tiara $1, white gloves $10--Total: $16

Jean, Chris and I got all "dolled up" between sips of beer and bites of pizza. When we arrived we were ready to spike the punch and party! About sixty people showed up dressed in everything from plastic leis to tuxedoes.

I was determined to win "Prom Queen" but I thought I might get ousted by a dog in a white dress. Luckily the dog came in second and I took the crown! (My dream come true!!) Patrick, one of the party's hosts, took home the honor of Prom King although he could barely slip the crown over his bushy hair.

All good things must come to an end, and "America's finest" (ie. the police) showed up to quiet down the guests and bring back peace to a once tranquil neighborhood. The officer checked out the party, and we checked out the officer. Jean and I decided he was "kinds cute" so we asked him to "frisk" us and then cuff us. Luckily we avoided a night in jail, but this Tiki Prom will forever be a night to remember.

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Cherie finds the records, but the DJ tells her to "beat it" if she wants to boogie to Michael Jackson.  *Photo by Dustin.

Cherie finds the records, but the DJ tells her to "beat it" if she wants to boogie to Michael Jackson. *Photo by Dustin.

Cherie's self make-over begins.

Cherie's self make-over begins.

Cherie's natural curls get a new twist with a curling iron.

Cherie's natural curls get a new twist with a curling iron.

Lisa decides to go "Tiki" with Jean, while Chris and I prepare to squeeze ourselves into our gowns.

Lisa decides to go "Tiki" with Jean, while Chris and I prepare to squeeze ourselves into our gowns.

Jean trying to fix Chris's dress.  For a guy...masking-tape fixes everything, for a woman, it is a safety-pin.

Jean trying to fix Chris's dress. For a guy...masking-tape fixes everything, for a woman, it is a safety-pin.

Cherie and Chris in the mirror.  *Photo by Jean.

Cherie and Chris in the mirror. *Photo by Jean.

Chris's outfit becomes a smash hit with the addition of white ruffle-socks and gold pumps.

Chris's outfit becomes a smash hit with the addition of white ruffle-socks and gold pumps.

Jean, a dazzling combination of Tiki and Prom.

Jean, a dazzling combination of Tiki and Prom.

Cherie adds a fur-lined tiara to complete her look.

Cherie adds a fur-lined tiara to complete her look.

Greg arrives with a modest corsage for Cherie.

Greg arrives with a modest corsage for Cherie.

Greg offers his flower.  *Photo by Dustin.

Greg offers his flower. *Photo by Dustin.

The pinning of the corsage.  (Guys always think bigger is better!)  *Photo by Dustin.

The pinning of the corsage. (Guys always think bigger is better!) *Photo by Dustin.

Jean and Cherie, best-friends since 4th grade.

Jean and Cherie, best-friends since 4th grade.

A subtle flower can really make an evening gown spectacular.

A subtle flower can really make an evening gown spectacular.

She wears her sunglasses at night.

She wears her sunglasses at night.

Dustin and Jean sneak one last kiss before Prom Night!

Dustin and Jean sneak one last kiss before Prom Night!

One more reason to get Lasik eye-surgery.

One more reason to get Lasik eye-surgery.

The three ladies are finally ready to go!

The three ladies are finally ready to go!

Chris, pretending to be the pregnant-prom-girl.

Chris, pretending to be the pregnant-prom-girl.

The theme of the night is: "Islands in the Stream."

The theme of the night is: "Islands in the Stream."

Going to Miami?

Going to Miami?

Cherie and Greg.

Cherie and Greg.

Jean and Dustin.

Jean and Dustin.

Good friends, big smiles.

Good friends, big smiles.

If they could only have three nuts, like the tree!

If they could only have three nuts, like the tree!

Cherie and Jean by the magical light of the Tiki torch. *Photo by Greg.

Cherie and Jean by the magical light of the Tiki torch. *Photo by Greg.

This is the tux of the new millenium.  It's all about comfort these days!

This is the tux of the new millenium. It's all about comfort these days!

The Kirkham family at Prom together: Tim, Laura and Michael.

The Kirkham family at Prom together: Tim, Laura and Michael.

Tiki friends!

Tiki friends!

Proms are always filled with the most elaborate decorations--this years Tiki Prom was no exception!

Proms are always filled with the most elaborate decorations--this years Tiki Prom was no exception!

The other Prom guests were angry to see Chris drinking beer, until she announced that she wasn't really pregnant!

The other Prom guests were angry to see Chris drinking beer, until she announced that she wasn't really pregnant!

Is she having a contraction?

Is she having a contraction?

Cherie and Jean feel the "bunched-up towel" kick.

Cherie and Jean feel the "bunched-up towel" kick.

With Prom dresses, the fluffier, the better.

With Prom dresses, the fluffier, the better.

Mr. Tiki, himself--Paqui.

Mr. Tiki, himself--Paqui.

Laura and Patrick.

Laura and Patrick.

Tim and Angie with Michael and Angela.

Tim and Angie with Michael and Angela.

Three ladies lost in the yard!  Where is my GPS?  *Photo by Greg.

Three ladies lost in the yard! Where is my GPS? *Photo by Greg.

Which way do we go?  *Photo by Dustin.

Which way do we go? *Photo by Dustin.

Prom Night is always Ladies Night. *Photo by Dustin.

Prom Night is always Ladies Night. *Photo by Dustin.

The magical seduction of the flame. *Photo by Dustin.

The magical seduction of the flame. *Photo by Dustin.

Cherie and Greg. *Photo by Dustin.

Cherie and Greg. *Photo by Dustin.

I was almost beaten out for Prom Queen by this dog (who ended up getting runner-up!.) *Photo by Dustin.

I was almost beaten out for Prom Queen by this dog (who ended up getting runner-up!.) *Photo by Dustin.

Looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. *Photo by Dustin.

Looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. *Photo by Dustin.

Good thing she has a letterman jacket to keep her warm.

Good thing she has a letterman jacket to keep her warm.

They look marvelous.

They look marvelous.

Chris, Jean and Dustin.

Chris, Jean and Dustin.

Women always fall for men in suits.

Women always fall for men in suits.

A Prom Night they'll always remember.

A Prom Night they'll always remember.

Tearing it up on the dance floor.

Tearing it up on the dance floor.

Cherie and Jean.

Cherie and Jean.

The movies we all lived for.

The movies we all lived for.

Laura was a Queen Tiki Host.

Laura was a Queen Tiki Host.

A cop tries to bust up the party; Cherie and Jean get "frisked."

A cop tries to bust up the party; Cherie and Jean get "frisked."

Cherie and Jean, seconds away from being "cuffed."

Cherie and Jean, seconds away from being "cuffed."

Does this count as romance?

Does this count as romance?

They had more fun here, than at their "real prom."

They had more fun here, than at their "real prom."

Patrick and Cherie were voted Prom King and Prom Queen for the Tiki Prom 2003.

Patrick and Cherie were voted Prom King and Prom Queen for the Tiki Prom 2003.

Mom always said: "Don't play ball in the house."

Mom always said: "Don't play ball in the house."

Laura and Patrick.

Laura and Patrick.