This July 4th was somewhat different from the usual in Washington, largely because of the Friday night storm but also it was mid-week, and with boiling hot. The hot was not so unusual, but combined with not having power and, well, some people who didn't have power may not have been in a party mood. Or maybe a party was the antidote to the reality. Or they had fun with a bitch at Pepco on Twitter.
My son and I stopped by the Dodge Mansion, the P Street home of our neighbor, Bill Dean, who each year tosses a memorable July 4th party. Memorable because it is quite simply over the top. Bill's philosophy is simple: he works hard as President and CEO of MC Dean, and therefore plays hard. Life can't be all seriousness, and his life has a lot of seriousness because he does a lot of work in war zones. While the guest list includes an array of attractive young women - a Playboy Playmate or two, several Redskinsettes, models - there are a lot of former and current military men (SEALS, Delta Force, Rangers). Add to that some of Bill's fellow mogul friends, like Michael Saylor. And he always invites the neighbors, because along with the huge buffet of July 4th foods, the backyard and rooftop bars stocked with Veuve Clicquot and premimum brands, and the pool games, there's a DJ and dancing.
THERE'S ALWAYS SECURITY AT A DEAN PARTY (LOOK TO THE LEFT IN THE BUSHES)Getting into a Dean party is not easy. One has to bring a "ticket" that is a computer print out (or on your app phone) with your photo (already acquired by them) a security code and number. That's shown at the door and cross-checked on a list. All the security men dress in the same black shirt and khaki pants combo used by current or former Secret Service. They are discreet, but everywhere - at the door, in the bushes, on each floor of the house, up on the spectacular rooftop deck.
NOTE: This party is not for the body insecure. Buff is the word, though mixed in with the buff are a few fellas who like like maybe they work at desks. The accountants? The lawyers? Possibly.
On Washingtonian.com Tuesday I posted a story that asks Is Washington Ready For July 4th? The National Park Service said, "Yes." It seems they were right.