This past Friday- November 11th, our friends Tim and Traci threw a Spinal Tap movie party for 11-11-11, also know as “Nigel Tufner Day“.
If you haven’t seen the movie “This Is Spinal Tap” you may not get the “11” significance.
Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.
But if you have seen Spinal Tap then you know we turned it up to 11!
They had about 20 or so folks attend. Carlin was David St. Hubbins, Tim was Nigel Tufner, and I was Derek Smalls. “We’ve got Armadillos in our trousers. It’s really quite frightening.”
We had several drummers spontaneously combust throughout the night. We think they kept getting too close to the fire pit.
We watched the movie on a giant screen in their backyard. It got a bit chilly outside, but thankfully the flammable former drummers kept us warm!
Timmy- uh, “Nigel” made sure all the details were taken care of including deli meats, small slices of bread, a cheese Stonehenge….
…and cucumbers wrapped in aluminum foil! I promise “Derek” wasn’t smuggling them in his trousers through airport security earlier in the day.
There was also an 18″ replica of Stonehenge that was lowered down during the movie.
We danced around it, and since I was the shortest I wore the hooded robe. “In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, an ancient race of people… the Druids. No one knows who they were or what they were doing… ”
Nigel is still trying to figure out how to make sandwiches without breaking the small bread…
…but remembers what Viv Savage always says, “Have… a good time… all the time.”