BRIDGE PORT, MN.
|Grandma X didn't want us to use her real|
name because of her bong and the bottle of
Ripple wine she won in the limbo contest.
Of all the ailments being suffered at the Bridgeport Senior Living Center, Boogie Fever has been added to the mix. Friday night brought out the elderly and for a few hours they were young again. Grandmother Bertie Tittel, who requested that we call her Grandma X to hide her uninhibited actions from her kids and grand kids, was the first to arrive.
In the true spirit of the 70s, the senior community room was transformed into a real life disco, complete with lights in the dance floor and a disco ball overhead. Grandma X shocked the staff members by unpacking and bringing her cherished water bong to the party.
"Earl and I partied a plenty with this baby," she said with far away looking eyes, while talking about her late husband, Earl. "I'm hoping to score a little something here tonight." Later on she ended up winning a bottle of Ripple in the limbo contest.
The party was to start at 6:30 and last until 9 P.M., but there was a line of wheel chairs and walkers outside the community room well before 6 o'clock. The staff relented and the music was still booming at 9:30 as revelers danced in a line to the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive". Finally at 10:15 P.M., to the dismay of the crowd still present, the music stopped and flashing lights were turned off by tired staffers. Grandma X was wheeled back to her room where she was joined by a group of "party animal" residents for an after party.
"We've got my bong, the Ripple, and the radio. Now we're going to party like it's 1999, no wait, like it's 1975! John Travolta eat your heart out!" she blurted out with reddish eyes and a huge grin.
OFF THE WALL will continue to monitor the Senior Center and it's residents.