IIASA likes to party. We've got celebrations of various cultures, including Asia Day, Africa Day, Canadian Pancake Breakfast, the Midsommar Day party I already posted about, and so forth. Last Friday it was America Day, coinciding approximately with the 4th of July. Carl set the tone with his hat:
We had not one, but two, barbecue grills going full blast:
We had watermelon, and people getting messy eating watermelon:
We had A&W root beer (I'm amazed they found that in Austria!):
Sheila got into the spirit with a popcorn burger:
Stefan got filthy handling the charcoal to keep the grill going:
We had games, including the water balloon toss; the winning team:
We also had a three-legged race, in which Sheila and I came last by a substantial margin (nobody else realized it was a slow race, so the joke was on them). There was also "dizzy bat," apparently an American pastime I've never encountered; it was a sort of relay race in which each runner had to spin in a circle six times around a pole, with forehead pressed against the top of the pole, and then run back to the next runner. It is aptly named; I got so dizzy that the world came up and smacked me, and my nice linen pants now have a large green smudge on them. No photos, sorry, I was preoccupied. Likewise with the frisbee; I was too busy having fun to take photos!
Let's just finish with Carl again:
Because you can never have too much of that hat. Happy 4th of July!