While walking up the Hall Building’s escalators I noticed a poster advertising a “Lock & Key Party” for Valentine’s Day, encouraging partygoers to “unlock” their way into someone’s heart.
I’m not entirely sure the event’s organizers planned it this way but, to my knowledge, “key party” has extremely bizarre sexual overtones. If you’re one of the lucky few to have never heard of a key party, let’s just say it’s a vestige of freewheeling 1970’s culture that involved “encounters” with one or multiple strangers.
In any case, I thought this kind of decadent behaviour had died alongside disco and the ill-fated Brady Bunch Variety Hour. But seeing as how the event takes place at a nightclub and not someone’s heavily carpeted apartment in Fresno, I’m willing to give these people the benefit of the doubt.
Here’s to hoping for good wholesome fun and not unspeakable sexual depravity, as long as there are shady characters hanging out in front of or around them.
This article originally appeared in Volume 31, Issue 22, published February 8, 2011.