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hey, what's going on friday night?

I feel both proud and unproud of myself this morning.

Last night I agreed to meet some coworkers for a beer after work. I showed up at the bar and the door guy was like, "Are you meeting a group here?" and I told him yes, I was meeting some friends from work. And he was like, "You must be a teacher! ha ha. They're over at that table." and I told him that I was an engineer and he was like, "Oh. Well, I don't know where the engineers are, haven't seen anybody stroll in here with pocket protectors yet." He lost so many points. Funny thing is, he's the second person who's just assumed I was a teacher. It's like I've got that aire or something. The lady I rented my apartment from keeps forgetting what I do and asking what grade I teach again. I guess there are worse things to be mistaken for, but damn, it makes me want to re-examine my wardrobe or demeanor or something.

Then my first two bosses show up, that could get weird. I mean, I share a cubicle with one of them, I didn't even think he liked me, but then here he is. We decide to go to another guy's house to shoot some pool and drink some more. There were like five of us, and two of the guys had their wives (teachers! go figure!) with them so I wasn't the only girl.

I drove with another guy because I'd had a huge margarita at the bar, and was promised that I'd be delivered back home or to my car later. Cool. We played ping-pong. I kicked everyone's ass at ping-pong, we didn't keep score but if we had I would have shut out about everybody, including both bosses. College was good for my ping-pong career. Unfortunately, I suck at pool, chess, and darts, and those are both much more sophisticated games, so I lose points there.

Someone thought it'd be fun to take taquilla shots. It's never fun to take taquilla shots. Really, I don't ever think it's fun to take shots at all, the only reason for it is that you want to get really drunk or make someone else really sick. I can get really drunk off like two beers, so that point's mute. I refused like three shots, just flat out said no, and that's hard. Peer pressure. They were making me feel bad, hardcore, so finally I just bent and took one. That also made me feel bad, hardcore, only in a different way. I went and threw up. Tried to be discrete about it but when I came back boss #1 was like, "did you just totally throw up?" and I was like, "No! Well, yes." That's never happened to me before, when I think about it. I'm not the type to drink too much and puke. It's not cool.

That made me feel more sober, and I decided it was time for me to stop drinking. There are several reasons for this. First, I felt sick. Second, when I get drunk, I do stupid things, I like hugging everyone in the room and removing articles of clothing and that is not cool when you hang out with people you work with. Not cool at all. As much fun as I had, I don't ever want to get really intoxicated with these people. I want to remain somewhat professional here, and if the talk of the office on monday morning is "Spacefem Gone Wild" I can see things going downhill fast.

For some reason, I always had this feeling that once adults graduated from college, they drank in totally responsible ways. Not so much. I mean, everyone was still cool, it's not like they started fights or hit on me or broke stuff. But there were very drunk people. Very drunk. And that's all I can say, because I want to make this public post.

I got back here at like 3 a.m., I was about to melt, I was so tired. How do these people, who woke up at 5 that morning, stay up that late? Go figure. Anyway, I made it home safe and woke up this morning and now I really don't feel like doing anything today.

Back to the original statement. I feel proud of myself for not getting drunk. Unproud for bowing to peer pressure and taking a shot that I knew would make me sick. There ya go.


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Nov. 2nd, 2002 10:00 am (UTC)
When working for USCO in my <21 days, they had a softball team that played on Thursdays. Every game was concluded with a trip to the bar, which frequently involved pitchers of shots.

Friday was "quiet day" at work.
Nov. 2nd, 2002 10:21 am (UTC)
I've always come to find getting lit up with my co-workers, especially new ones, helps them realize that you're an average Joe, you're okay to hang out with, you can get a little loose and you're not all about being uptight.

Four weeks ago, our company had it's annual users group conference, and it was pretty much 3 days of mettings and presentations, then going out with some people from different credit unions (our customers), and getting blotto. I found that after this three days of cutting loose, getting crazy, doing silly things, i felt more like part of "the gang" than just "the new guy that's been here a while".

Hell, a couple of my best friends now are people that I met at work, which I probably wouldn't have if I didn't loosen up and drop that whole "i've got to be professional around these people all the time." I think in the long run, that makes you boring and dry, and people won't want to socialize with you. And the best rule of after-work socializing with your co-workers... DON'T TALK ABOUT WORK!

Of course, if you're just fresh out of college and get drunk on two drinks, you need to practice up! ;)
Nov. 2nd, 2002 10:52 am (UTC)
Hey, ping pong's an Olympic sport, which is more than you could say about chess, pool or darts.
Nov. 2nd, 2002 01:30 pm (UTC)
Just say no! How are you doing?
Nov. 2nd, 2002 01:57 pm (UTC)
Same thing happened to me on Thursday, I let myself get pressured into drinks and bong hits that I did not want to be involved in. Good to know it wasn't just me, though it sucks that you got sick.
Nov. 2nd, 2002 06:40 pm (UTC)
Everybody gets sick off tequila shots, so don't feel bad. That stuff is just bad news. :)
Nov. 2nd, 2002 09:06 pm (UTC)
"I want to remain somewhat professional here, and if the talk of the office on monday morning is "Spacefem Gone Wild" I can see things going downhill fast."

did you know that snoopdog does those girls gone wild shows now? no point here, just thought that was funny.
Nov. 3rd, 2002 10:13 am (UTC)
Intelligent women
I agree that intelligent women become teachers!
Nov. 4th, 2002 03:02 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen you start removing articles of clothing while drunk at parties. Not that I'm paying any ammount of attention to your current level of clothedness, but it doesn't seem to be the sort of thing to happen without just cause. The hugging likewise... even after the whiskey shots there was no visible hugging or anything else.
Nov. 4th, 2002 07:40 am (UTC)
I guess there are worse things to be mistaken for, but damn, it makes me want to re-examine my wardrobe or demeanor or something.

..or your extra X chromosome...
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