May 16, 2006 6:01 pm

Wherein I Talk About Drinking

:note: The Beatles – “Because”

I’ve been thinking a bit lately about what I should do for my 21st birthday. As most of you probably know already, I’m really not much of a drinker, and I don’t plan on getting totally wasted when I turn 21. I know I’m lame, you don’t have to say it. I can’t say I see the point in drinking so much that you throw up, black out, can’t remember what happened the night before and then feel awful the whole next day. Um, it doesn’t sound appealing to me. That’s all.

However, I am not quite so lame that I don’t want to do anything, so I’ve been trying to come up with something. And I’m having a hard time, for a few reasons.

1. Drinking isn’t really that important to me.
This means that I don’t really want to go out all night and bar-hop. WTF else am I supposed to do when I turn 21 if I don’t do that?

2. Finding people to invite is, um, difficult.
I really, really wish I had a close group of girlfriends to go out with, but alas, I do not. I am, apparently, not a very social person. Who knew?

3. I start thinking about #2. A lot.
Then I get all upset, like, OMG I HAVE NO FRIENDS, when really, I do, it’s just that most of them live thousands of miles away and I only “hang out” with them through the computer.

4. Then I start thinking about #3. A lot.
I begin to wonder if there’s something wrong with me and HOW COME I CAN NEVER MEET ANYBODY FROM SCHOOL? I have a gazillion acquaintences, very few close friends. And most of them are male anyway. I can’t imagine getting drunk in front of people I know well, how would I do it in front of a bunch of guys I don’t know that well? Besides, the one time I tried inviting someone over who I met in school (I’M LOOKING AT YOU, KEITH) he didn’t show. So, there’s that. I do not want to end up the person that sends 20 invites and has 3 people show. Or no one. Gah.

There has to be something I can do, save for going back to Idaho and hanging out at the 219 with Heidi and Meagan, listening to Black Lightning play, which is actually what sounds most appealing at this point.

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  • Melissa says:

    Oh, don’t worry about it. I didn’t do anything to celebrate my 21st either. No drinking, no party, no friends, nothing. Well, actually, my birthday did fall on Thanksgiving so I ate a lot, but that doesn’t really count. To me, a birthday is just another day. There’s no reason why you should feel obligated to go out and drink or anything.

  • Rose says:

    I’ve been legal age for half a year now, and I still haven’t been to a bar or a nightclub or anything. Never fear!

  • Meagan says:

    My dear… you know that we would most definitely take you on a tour of our town’s most seedy bars (most of which I’ve only seen from the outside, so it would be fun for both of us!). Do remember that drinking isn’t the only great thing about being 21 though…. you can… um… okay, I can’t really think of anything else that this age brings along with it. So, if you want to, COME HOME. no pressure.

  • Elea says:

    Wow, that sounds like what I’ve been thinking about my birthday, except that I’ll be turning 20 later this year, rather than 21… It seems like I have this blooming social life thanks to Flickr and parties and whatnot, but if you pay attention, you realize that I don’t really have any close friends, eh.

    Anyway, you’ll have the rest of your life from your birthday on to get drinks or go places. Just focus on celebrating and having a good time however you can!

  • Might I suggest a small fondue party? Some spinach and artichoke dip with a nice marble rye, a bevy of chicken, tidbits of steak, and a variety of seafood, then top it all of with a chocolate or caramel sauce with lots grapes, apples,some pound cake, or chunks of angel food cake. Maybe even get some wine, I couldn’t suggest what kind of wine though. I usually just stick with Jack & Coke.

  • Meggan says:

    Ooh, a fondue party! Hmm… now you’ve got me thinking.